How to Install Windows 98 on macOS using VMware Fusion

This article shows you the steps to run Windows 98 on a new virtual machine using VMware Fusion 12 Pro on the Mac OS operating system.

After creating a new virtual machine on your system with VMware Fusion virtualization software, you can install the Windows 98 operating system by watching this video for FE (First Edition) and this video tutorial for SE (Second Edition) or by following the steps below.

FE (First Edition)

SE (Second Edition)

Step 1: After installing VMware Fusion Pro on your Mac, select Create a custom virtual machine in the virtual machine installation methods options and click Continue.

Step 2: In the Guest operating system selection window, select Windows 98 and click Continue again.

Step 3: Create a new virtual disk for a clean Windows 98 installation in the virtual disk selection window.

Step 4: In the window showing the summary information of the virtual machine, click Customize Settings to configure the virtual hardware settings better.

Step 5: When the Save As window opens, select an external location where you want to save your virtual computer or click Save to confirm the default location.

Step 6: When the Windows 98 guest machine settings are opened, click Processors & Memory and add one virtual processor to your virtual system. Assign 512 MB RAM size to your virtual PC.

Step 7: Configure the network adapter type as Ethernet in the Network Adapter settings. You can connect to your host’s local network using Ethernet on a Windows 98 guest machine.

Step 8: Finally, click on the CD/DVD (SATA) device and add the Windows 98 ISO file you downloaded to your macOS operating system to the virtual machine.

Step 9: Close the Windows 98 virtual machine’s settings, run your guest machine in the Fusion program, and start the installation.

Step 10: After installing Windows 98 on your Mac, click Virtual Machine / Install VMware Tools in the Fusion tool menu and install the virtual machine drivers.

Step 11: After completing the VMware Tools installation, restart your virtual computer.

Step 12: After installing VMware Tools, you can fit the screen resolution of the Windows 98 guest machine to the entire screen and transfer files between the host and the VM.

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