Windows 98

This guide will show you how to install Windows 98 in VirtualBox.

01 – Click New in VirtualBox

02 – Provide a name, and ensure that Type: Microsoft Windows and Version: Windows 98
Click Next

03 – Leave the RAM setting as is.
Click Next

04 – Make sure Create a virtual hard disk now is selected.
Click Create

05 – Make sure VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) is selected.
Click Next

06 – Make sure Dynamically allocated is selected
Click Next

07 – If required, change the location the virtual hard disk should be saved.
Click Create

08 – Select the newly created virtual machine and press Ctrl + S to open the machines settings. Select System in the left hand column, and then select the Acceleration tab.
Uncheck “Enable VT-x/AMD-V”

09 – Select Storage in the left hand column, and then select Empty under Controller: IDE.
Then click the small disk icon on the right hand side and click Choose Virtual Optical Disk File.
Navigate to, and select the Windows 98 Disk Image.
Click Open

Note: Depending on the version of Windows 98 that you have, it may or may not be a bootable disk image in which case you will need to create a Boot Disk Image and use that in order to start setup.

You can view my tutorial on creating Boot Disk Images <INSERT LINK>.

10 – Select Network in the left hand column, and untick “Enable Network Adapter”.
An optional section at the end of this guide covers setting up the network but it’s more reliable to do so once Windows 98 has been fully installed.

11 – Click “OK” to close the settings.

12 – Click Start

13 – The Windows 98 Boot Screen will appear.
Select “Boot from CD-ROM”
Press Enter

14 – Make sure “Start Windows 98 Setup from CD-ROM.” is selected.
Press Enter

15 – Windows 98 Setup should start
Press Enter

16 – Make sure “Configure unallocated disk space (recommended).” is selected
Press Enter

17 – Make sure “Yes, enable large disk support” is selected
Press Enter

18 – Setup will inform you that your computer will be restarted.
Press Enter

19 – Setup will restart your computer.
As before, select “Boot from CD-ROM”
Press Enter

20 – As before, select “Start Windows 98 Setup from CD-ROM”
Press Enter

21 – Setup will format the hard disk and then inform you that Setup will perform a routine check on the system.
Press Enter

22 – Setup will perform the check and Windows 98 setup will launch.
Click Continue

23 – Windows 98 Setup Wizard will launch and ask where you would like to install Windows.
Click “Next”

24 – Windows Setup will perform some checks and then ask you which kind of Setup you prefer.
Click “Next”

25 – Make sure “Install the most common components (Recommended).” is selected.
Click “Next”

26 – You will be asked to enter a Computer name and Workgroup.
Click “Next”

27 – Select your Country or Region from the list.
Click “Next”

28 – Windows 98 Setup Wizard will inform you that it is ready to start copying files.
Click “Next”

29 – Windows 98 Setup will start copying files.
It will then restart automatically (or click “Restart Now” to restart immediately.

30 – When you reach the Windows 98 Boot Menu, make sure “Boot from Hard Disk” is selected.
Press Enter

31 – Windows 98 will load and the Windows 98 Setup Wizard will launch.
Enter your name.
Click “Next”

32 – Windows 98 Setup Wizard will display the License Agreement.
Select “I accept the Agreement”
Click “Next”

33 – Enter your Windows 98 Product Key.
Click “Next”

34 – Windows 98 Setup Wizard will complete.
Click “Finish”

35 – Windows Setup will now start the hardware installation phase.

36 – Windows will then restart automatically (or click “Restart Now” to restart immediately.

37 – When you reach the Windows 98 Boot Menu, make sure “Boot from Hard Disk” is selected.
Press Enter

38 – Windows Setup will load and continue with the hardware phase.

39 – The Date/Time Properties window will appear.
Select your time zone.
Click “Close”

40 – Windows 98 Setup will then setup some other items.

41 – Windows will then restart automatically (or click “Restart Now” to restart immediately.

42 – When you reach the Windows 98 Boot Menu, make sure “Boot from Hard Disk” is selected.
Press Enter

43 – Windows 98 will load.
You will be asked to enter a name and password.
You can leave the password blank.

44 – Windows 98 will detect and install some hardware and update some settings.

45 – Windows 98 will finish loading.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows 98 is now installed.

Optional
Below are the steps needed to setup;

  • Network Installation
  • Display Installation
  • Service Pack Installation
  • Web Browser Installation

Network Installation

1 – Make sure that the Windows 98 Virtual Machine is shut down.

2 – Click Settings
Select the Network option in the left column.
Check the “Enable Network Adapter” option.
Click “OK”

3 – Click Start
Windows 98 will load and detect the Network Adapter and then the Add New Hardware Wizard will launch.
Click Next

4 – Make sure “Search for the best driver for your device. (Recommended)” is selected.
Click “Next”

5 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Windows 98 disk image.
Click “Open”

Make sure “CD-ROM drive” is checked.
Click “Next”

6 – Make sure “The updated driver (Recommended) AMD PCNET Family Ethernet Adapter (PCI-ISA)” is selected.
Click “Next”

7 – Windows will confirm that it is ready to install the driver.
Click “Next”

8 – Windows will copy the necessary files.
Click “Finish”

9 – Windows will inform you that you must restart the computer.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Click “Yes”

10 – Windows 98 will load.
Click “Start”
Click “Settings”
Click “Control Panel”
Open “Internet Options”

11 – Select the “Connections” tab.
Click “Setup”

12 – The Internet Connection Wizard will launch.
Make sure “I want to setup my Internet Connection manually, or I want to connect through a local area network (LAN).”
Click “Next”

13 – Make sure “I connect through a local area network (LAN)” is selected.
Click “Next”

14 – Leave the settings on the next screen as-is.
Click “Next”

15 – Select “No”
Click “Next”

16 – Make sure the “To connect to the Internet immediately, select this box and then click Finish” checkbox is ticked.
Click “Finish”

17 – Internet Explorer will now launch.
Windows 98 is now connected to the Internet.

Display Installation

1 – Boot into Windows 98

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Display Driver disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Right click “My Computer”
Click “Properties”
Select the “Device Manager” tab.

4 – Expand the “Display adapters” item.
Select “Standard PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA)”
Click “Properties”

5 – Select the “Driver” tab
Click “Update Driver…”

6 – The Update Device Driver Wizard will launch.
Click “Next”

7 – Make sure “Search for a better driver than the one your device is using now. (Recommended)”
Click “Next”

8 – Untick the “Floppy disk drives” and “Microsoft Windows Update” checkboxes.
Tick the “Specify a location:” checkbox.
Type “D:\064MB” in the textfield
Click “Next”

9 – Windows will locate the new driver.
Click “Next”

10 – Windows will copy the necessary files.
Click “Finish”

11 – Setup will tell you that the computer must be restarted.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Click “Yes”

12 – Windows 98 will load.
You should notice the wallpaper colour has changed.

Right click on the Desktop background
Click “Properties”

13 – Select the “Settings” tab.

14 – Here you can change the Colour depth and resolution.
Under “Color palette” Select “True Color (32 bit)”
You will find that the performance of a Windows Virtual Machine will be much improved when the operating system is running in a 32-bit colour depth.
Change the resolution if you wish.
Click “OK”

15 – You will be asked whether to restart the computer with the new settings, or to apply the new settings without restarting.

Select “Apply the new color settings without restarting?”
Click “OK”

16 – If you have changed the resolution, Windows will inform you that it will now resize the desktop.
Click “OK”

17 – Windows will ask if you would like to keep the new settings.
Click “Yes”

18 – The Display Driver is now configured.

Service Pack Installation

I have included an Unofficial Service Pack which a third party has been put together.

1 – Make sure you are loaded into Windows 98.

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Service Pack disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Open “My Computer”
Open “Service pack (D:)”

4 – Open “Windows 98 SP1.5 (Unofficial)”
Click “Yes”

5 – The Service Pack Setup will copy the necessary files.
You will be told that the computer must be restarted.
Click “Yes”

6 – The Virtual Machine will restart.
Windows 98 will load and some settings will be updated.

Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows 98 Service Pack 1.5 (Unofficial) is now installed.

Web Browser Installation

I have included a number of different Web Browsers which you can install.

1 – Make sure you are in Windows 98

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Browsers disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Open “My Computer”
Open “Browsers (G:)”
Install the browser(s) of your choice.

Once installed;
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Note: To update Internet Explorer, copy and paste the “Internet Explorer 6.0” file to the desktop. Then run the application and it will extract the files and create a folder on your desktop called “IE 6.0 Full”.
Within this folder, launch “Ie6setup.exe” to start the installation.
After installing Internet Explorer 6.0, you will need to restart the Virtual Machine.

 

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