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Installing Win98 on a Win2k with VMWare

Posted on 2004-11-28
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Last Modified: 2010-04-12
I have Win2k English installed on my PC.  Did installed VMWare 4.5.2 Build(8848) recently and installed Win2k French properly.  That Win2k French is working properly.  Now, I have to install a Win98 English also but cannot get it to the installation process.  I always got the Windows 98 error message:

No bootable CD, floppy or hard disk was detected.  To install an operating system, insert a bootable CD or floppy and restart the virtual machine by clicking the Reset button.  

In the devices, I did configured CD-Rom 1 (IDE 1:0) using Drive R: (my CD-Rom drive is "R"), having my Hard Disk 1 (IDE 0:0).  On my Win2k French, the Hard Disk is set to SCSI 0:0.  Did tried it for Win98 also without success.  Any ideas what I am doing wrong???
Question by:Alain_Labelle_Ing
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Did a try with a Win2k CD-Rom and it worked.  Did tried the Win98 CD into another PC and it did not boot with it neither so I expect a CD faillure.  Will call for a new CD tomorrow and will comment the result.

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Not working neither.  I think it might be related to the NTFS partition of my PC.  Win98 might not be able to install mainly because it does not see any HDD.  Am I right or there is a way to install Win98 with VMWare on a PC that has only NTFS partition ???
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Rob Stone earned 1000 total points
ID: 12704028
Is it W98SE?

Normal Win98 doesn't support bootable setup so you will need to get a Win98 startup disk from www.bootdisk.com

The NTFS won't matter because the VM act's as a seperate machine so don't worry about that.

What I would do is get the W98 boot disk, format the partition and copy the Win98 directory onto the VM HDD and run setup from there. Much faster and it automatically points the registry to look for that folder if cab files are needed when doing driver updates, etc.

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