How to Install Windows 98 using VMware Workstation

This article shows how to run Windows 98 on a new virtual machine using VMware Workstation 16 Pro on Windows 10.

Microsoft released the first version of Windows 98 for users on June 25, 1998, after the Windows 95 system.

The main innovations that come with Windows 98 are the Internet Explorer version 4.0, the close and minimize window buttons in the toolbar to improve the desktop experience, and the Next and Back navigation buttons.

In this OS version, Microsoft has made it easier for the system to recognize plug-and-play devices such as mice, keyboards, or joysticks.

Windows 98 was a version that worked with the FAT32 file system and included significant improvements for users to configure network connections more easily.

Although Windows 98 is an old and out-of-use operating system, many users still want to install and use it today.

However, they must have a physical computer with old hardware to use this system more stably. Or they can install it on the virtual machine using virtualization software such as VMware on their current systems.

You can watch this video or follow these steps to install Windows 98 on the virtual machine on your Windows 10 computer.

Step 1: Install VMware 16 Pro from this article to run a virtual computer on your Windows 10 computer.

Step 2: After installing VMware Pro, download the Windows 98 ISO file used in this video tutorial from the link below.

Step 3: Run the VMware virtualization program after downloading the Microsoft 98 ISO file to your computer.

Step 4: Click Create a New Virtual Machine from Workstation Pro’s homepage options.

Step 5: In the New Virtual Machine Wizard window, to configure the virtual computer with more advanced settings, select Custom (Advanced) and click Next.

Step 6: In the VMware VM compatibility window, select the version of Workstation (16.x) installed on your computer, and then click the Next button.

Step 7: To prepare the VM, first, in the guest operating system selection window, select I will install the operating system later, click Next.

Step 8: Select “Windows 98” in the Guest Operating System window and click Next.

Step 9: In the Name and Platform window, type a name for your old operating system and choose a location on your external hard drive for the installation location or use the default location.

Step 10: Select BIOS for Win98 and continue in the Firmware Type window.

Step 11: In the Processor window, set 1 processor and one core count for the Win98 virtual machine and continue.

Step 12: In the Memory window, select 1 GB, the maximum size of RAM Windows 98 can support.

Step 13: In the Network Type window, select the NAT network type to use a different IP block from your host’s IP block and continue.

Step 14: In the I/O Controller Types window, select the paravirtualized SCSI disk controller and click Next.

Step 15: In the Select a Disk Type window, select the SATA disk type and click Next.

Step 16: In the Select a Disk window, select Create a New Virtual Disk and click Next to create a new disk for a clean operating system installation.

Step 17: In the Specify Disk Capacity window, configure the virtual disk size for Win98 and check the Store virtual disk option to back up as a single file type instead of multiple files on your host and continue.

Step 18: After creating a new virtual machine for Win98, add the ISO file you downloaded to your computer and virtual device.

Step 19: Start the VM by clicking the Power on this virtual machine button, and at the boot screen, press the Boot from Hard Disk CD-ROM option, then press Enter on the Start Windows 98 Setup from CD-ROM. After the installation starts, follow our video tutorial to install Win98 on the VM.

Step 20: After installing the Windows 98 system, click on VM / Install VMware Tools from the menu. When the setup wizard opens, click Next and select the setup type as Complete to install VM Tools and restart your VM for the changes to take effect.

Step 21: After installing VMware Tools, you can transfer files between your host and a virtual machine and use the host’s hardware.

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