Install w98 in xp or w7

Posted on 2014-03-19
Last Modified: 2014-03-27
what software would I use if I want to install w98 with either xp or w7
Question by:Laurie Longman
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Kimputer earned 167 total points
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None needed. Just make sure there's another partition (or another hard disk). If you install the newer Windows as a new installation, you will get a boot menu after everything is installed (start computer, there will be a menu with Win98 and WinXP for 30 seconds, with the default start being WinXP)
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by:Lee W, MVP
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I would try Virtual PC which last I checked was a free download from Microsoft. Dual booting is not really a valid option since the drivers for most of your hardware dont exist but the virtual hardware in a VM has a better chance (BUT NOT CERTAIN TO) exist.

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by:Esteban Blanco
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Do a virtual machine and go with Windows 7.
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by:Juan Ocasio
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You can also use VirtualBox which is Oracle's free version of their virtual product. Its great for running legacy software. I'm using it to run XP on a 7 host so I can run Peachtree Accounting 2006.
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I really doubt that you will be able to have a multiple booting system with a windows 98 operating system. I doubt if 98 would support a multibooting system. I am confused why you would want to have a windows 98 operating system running on your system, the only software that will install is software from that generation. You would not even be able to find drivers for a windows 98 system, especially for a board that was designed for windows xp.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I use separate computers for all my operating systems.  Especially since all I have are Windows XP and before and the machines really don't have the power to run VMs.  But there are so many older machines available now, I don't see any point in running old software on a new machine that most likely won't support it.  

I have machines from Windows XP going back to DOS 6.22.  My Windows 3.1 machine is one that still make me a lot of money because of the CAD software I bought for it in 1991.  It's been making me money every year for the 13 years since then.
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I don't have a use to have so many machines kicking around but keep the os discs from way back then, you never know when they may be useful.  For example I heard of old windows 98 machines used to operate the embroidery equipment in a manufacturing plant. If they need windows 98 to run the software then you need to install windows 98 on their system. Unless they upgrade their equipment.
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nobus earned 166 total points
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with Bootit-BM (not FREE) you can install completely independent up to 128 OS's
personally, i'm inclined to seggest XP type hardware - for best compatibility

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Laurie Longman earned 0 total points
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Good suggestions. I think that nobus  answer would be of most benefit to me. Regards
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hey lorenzo  -may i ask why you want to retain those machines?  maybe as a collectors item?

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by:Laurie Longman
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Most suggestions were very interesting. My problem is that apart from having a dedicated w98 machine that I wish to retain, I also have v3.1, Xp and w7 machines that I wish also to retain-
. Thanks everyone, Regards again
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so i may not know why you want to retain these?

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