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I currently have two operating systems:

Windows 98 (C:/)
and
Windows XP (D:/)

I use WinXp much more and just keep Win98 for some old programs that don't run on WinXP...
Everytime until now if I wanted to change OS's I had to restart and manually boot each one up seperately....
Now I have 'VmWare'. I want to configure it so that I can access Win98 from my WinXP OS....

Anyone know how to do it?

Thank You
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Question by:Paz7
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by:terie
ID: 8093489
Just install VMware on windowsXP

then startup in XP (use it as default OS after .. seconds)

In VMware, you can choose to start your computer (power on) and you see your computer starting again, then choose the option win98

Or do you encounter problems doing so?
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by:vocs
ID: 8093628
Sorry but I don't think you can use it to run your other already installed OS. If you have VMWARE you would normally install and run WIN98 as a virtual machine (under XP). In my case I use my WIN98 Virtual Machine as a testbed computer. It has a "virtual" network card which receives a DHCP address from my home network and I just simply share C: to be able to transfer files between my "real" system, which is XP, and WIN98. The method I use is bridging (read the VMWARE help about the different ways of networking "virtual" with "real" machines: bridged, NAT and Host-only) A virtual machine needs its own memory space, make sure you have enough (I have 2 GB so that I can run entire mini virtual networks) and the graphics and sound are not the same as a "real" one, of course. If you want to run games then you should probably keep the win98 that you installed parallel to XP in your system. For everything else it runs just fine. Right now I'm writing this in Konqueror, with a Red Hat 7.1 virtual machine.
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by:Paz7
ID: 8093744
Yeah I have problems in doing so...I start VMWare then I have to Make a new virtual machine, but I don't know what options to select and when I make a Win98 one it fails and a message box comes which says:

"A bootable CD-ROM disc, floppy diskette, or hard disk was not detected.
To install a new operating system, insert a bootable CD-ROM disc or floppy diskette in the drive and restart the virtual machine by selecting menu entry Power > Reset."

What do I do now?
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by:Paz7
ID: 8093747
and on the main black screen it simply says:

"Operating System not found"
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by:Paz7
ID: 8093778
and on the main black screen it simply says:

"Operating System not found"
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by:Paz7
ID: 8093789
and on the main black screen it simply says:

"Operating System not found"
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by:Paz7
ID: 8093799
and on the main black screen it simply says:

"Operating System not found"
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by:Paz7
ID: 8093803
Damn it, what's going on? Sorry about that...
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GooseMan earned 1000 total points
ID: 8094025
VMWare has the capability of running a virtual disk from a physical disk.

Create a new virtual machine and select custom, next next next etc when you get to the disk section select use a physical disk and then select your c: drive.

Error messages about floppies and cd drives are becuase in the configuration you are saying the devices exist but they don't. If you look at the configuration editor then you can see the devices that the new virtual machine has and edit them from there.
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by:wheeeee12345
ID: 8096820
why dont you just get the latest windows update packages and run those old programs in compatibility mode for windows 98 under windows xp?
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by:vocs
ID: 8097200
The solution posted by GooseMan is an option which I have read about but haven't tried yet. If you are willing to install WIN98 (that is not a whole lot of work!) then just simply install it. A new virtual machine has no operating system installed... you must install it just like a "real" computer. If your new virtual machine is configured correctly it uses your CDROM drive as its own (or one of them if you have several. What works best for me: I select under virtual machine settings the drive letter of the drive I want to use and enable raw access). When you power the virtual machine it goes through the BIOS process and then says: "A bootable CD-ROM disc, floppy diskette, or hard disk was not detected. To install a new operating system, insert a bootable CD-ROM disc or floppy diskette in the drive and restart the virtual machine by selecting menu entry Power > Reset."
You should do exactly that, throw your windows 98 CD in the drive and press the reset button so that it boots from the CD, and proceed with the installation.
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by:GooseMan
ID: 8097344
Agreed vocs, installation of a new copy of 98 is simple. If, however, there is a decent amoutn of software installed on the existing 98 system it may be just too much like hard work to reinstall everything into the VM.

Another assumption is that you have a bootable 98 CD or the floppies to boot from and the 98 CD. I can't remember if all 98 CDs were bootable.

How much software is installed in the 98 system Paz7?
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by:Paz7
ID: 8097675
Not very much...
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by:GooseMan
ID: 8097843
Then find your 98 CD.
Start VMWare.
Select File, New, new Virtual Machine (Ctrl-N).
Leave the default of Typical and click next.
Select Windows 98 as the Guest operating system. Click Next.
Change the location if you like. Click Next.
Select Use network address translation (NAT). Click Finish.

By default it will create a system that has the usual hardware but also a floppy drive and a USB controller. If you do not want these items then activate the configuration editor by selecting settings then configuration editor (or use Ctrl-D). Once you are happy with teh hardware your new VM will have, insert the Windows 98 CD and power on the new VM by using the power on icon on the menu bar or Ctrl-B if the menu bar is not visible. The VM will boot from your CD and then you are installing Windows 98 as normal!

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by:hongtaoc
ID: 8098760
use a bootable win98 CD, or a floppy to start the vmachine
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by:Paz7
ID: 8100479
Thank You, it worked!!
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by:Paz7
ID: 8100495
I added my C:/ drive as a physical drive in VMWare and started my 'computer' from it. The screen came up how it norammly does with an option to either start WinXp or Win98. I just clicked to Win98 like I noramlly do to start it and it's running well and fine...

Thank You to everyone who tried..esp 'GooseMan'

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