So my mint-condition copy of Windows 98SE arrived today and after work I got it setup in VirtualBox. Much easier than Windows 95 (and much easier than the way many folks on the net did it). I googled it quickly to see what people ran into but figure screw it, why I don’t I just do things my usual way and find out for myself? See my previous post about Win95 to see my versions/specs that I’m running this on.
Unlike it’s predecessor, Win98 can boot off the CD and doesn’t actually need the startup disk. Once you create the HD (I chose VDI again) for it, be sure to go into Settings > System and disable hardware acceleration again like we had to for Win95 (UNCHECK “Enable VT-x/AMD-V”). If you don’t do this, you’ll receive a “Fault outside of MS-DOS Extender” error.
Then when you boot, select your CD drive with Win98 and you’ll be brought to a screen asking to boot to the local HD or the CD. Choose CD since you don’t have anything on the HD yet and it will start the dos-based setup. It’s just a few [Enter]’s and then it’s asking you to reboot to begin the GUI-based install.
Then it’s just go through the GUI wizard and do as it asks. When the file copying process finished I had to reboot. When loading for the first time and before getting to the next stage of install (setup: detecting pnp, setting date/time, etc) I got a blue screen. I remembered seeing something somewhere about turning on ACPI so I closed down the VM and turned that on (Settings > System). However, this significantly slows down response time so after I finished getting it all setup I turned this off again and it booted fine.
Once up, you dont get the internet setup Wizard like the Win95 install. When you launch IE it tries to go through a wizard to detect your modem and wont do anything else. You have to go into the control panel, open internet options, go to the connection tab, and click the setup button at the top to setup to use as a LAN. I didn’t have to fill out my gateway but it was probably because my first attempt to get the internet working without a modem was to go into my network adapter properties and configure TCP/IP with my gateway (router) IP.
And that was it, super easy. Didn’t have to create a boot iso or any kind of iso. No special storage setup. I suggest leaving it to boot to CD until you get to the desktop and setup is done. Then you can go into Settings > Storage (for the VM) and remove the CD drive.
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