Dual boot Vista & Windows 98

Posted on 2009-05-02
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have an older software program that needs a serial port and only seems to work with older operating systems.  My current laptop does not have a serial port and is running Vista.  I have tried USB to serial adapters but because Vista assigns IRQs dynamically, the software will not work.
How can I set up my laptop to dual boot Vista and Windows 98?
Question by:deross
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    by:John Hurst
    If you need to dual boot, I think I would try Partition Magic or such like to create a partition for Windows 98. A solution I use for myself and for my clients is to use VMware and run Windows 98 as a guest. That works well, and the Windows 98 machine can run at the same time as the host machine. .... Thinkpads_User
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    I wonder if this guy would act any different in Vista than the usb adapters?

    Creating a virtual machine is not a bad idea either.  This site should walk you through it:

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