How to Install Windows Me (Millennium) using VMware Workstation

This article shows how to set up Windows Me (Millennium) on a new virtual machine using VMware Workstation 16 Pro on Windows 10.

Microsoft Windows Me operating system, codenamed Millennium, was released on June 19, 2000. This system from Microsoft was an upgrade to some of the security issues, implementations, and additional features in Windows 98.

However, in time, users waited for the release of Windows XP instead of upgrading their system to Me.

Users who want to install the Windows Millennium system on their physical computers must have a minimum of 32 MB of RAM capacity and at least 270 MB of hard disk space as hardware requirements.

Users who want to install the Me system, whose support was terminated by Microsoft, must have an old computer or can easily install it on their host devices with virtual machine programs such as VMware Workstation.

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

Step 1: Install VMware 16 Pro, which is required to run a virtual computer on your Windows 10 computer.

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

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

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

Step 5: To configure the VM with more advanced settings in the New Virtual Machine Wizard window, check the Custom (Advanced) option and click Next.

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

Step 7: In the Guest operating system selection window, check I will install the operating system later and click Next.

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

Step 9: In the Name and Platform window, you can change the name of the VM you will install, and you can choose a location on your external hard drive or use the default location for the installation location.

Step 10: In the Firmware Type window, select BIOS for Millennium and continue.

Step 11: In the Processor window, specify one processor and one core number for the Millennium virtual machine.

Step 12: In the Memory window, set a minimum of 1GB RAM for Windows Me to run more smoothly. If you configure a 2 or 4 GB RAM size for Me, your virtual computer will not boot and will loop.

Step 13: In the Network Type window, select NAT if you want to use a different IP block than your host’s IP block, and Bridged if you’re going to use the same IP block and continue.

Step 14: In the I/O Controller Types window, click Next to use the paravirtualized SCSI controller type.

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 Millennium 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 WinMe, add the ISO file you downloaded to your computer and virtual device.

Step 19: Run the VM by clicking the Power on this virtual machine button and pressing Enter on the x64 option in the Boot Manager interface of Windows Me, and when you reach the setup screen, do the installation step by step.

Step 20: After installing the Windows Millennium system, click on VM / Install VMware Tools from the menu. When the installation wizard opens, click Next and complete the installation by selecting the installation type as Complete 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 configure the VM resolution to full screen.

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