Windows 98 documentation covers information on how to install the operating system in a virtual machine. For additional information about the operating system, refer to the instructions included in the installation media.

Windows 98 documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

You can install Windows 98 in a virtual machine using the corresponding Windows 98 distribution CD.


Before you begin, verify that the following tasks are complete:

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the Windows 98 CD in the CD-ROM drive.
  2. (Optional) If you have a Windows 98 package that requires that you boot from a floppy disk, insert the boot floppy in the floppy disk drive.
    1. Follow the on-screen instructions.
    2. Run FDISK and FORMAT when the installer prompts you to do so.
  3. Power on the virtual machine.
  4. Choose to boot from CD-ROM, and select the option Start Windows 98 Setup from CD-ROM.
    The setup program runs FDISK and reboots.
  5. Once again, choose to boot from CD-ROM, and then select the option Start Windows 98 Setup from CD-ROM.
    The setup program continues installing Windows 98.
  6. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  7. Install VMware Tools.

After installation, consider the following configuration.

Enable Networking After Installing Windows 98

If networking was disabled at the time you installed Windows 98, you can enable it after the operating system has been installed.

Installation Steps

  1. Power off the virtual machine.
  2. Add a network adapter to the configuration.
  3. Power on the virtual machine.
    Windows 98 automatically detects an AMD PCNET Family Ethernet Adapter (PCI-ISA) and prompts the Windows 98 CD-ROM to install drivers. The default Ethernet adapter settings typically do not need to be changed.
  4. (Optional) You can use the Network icon in the Windows 98 Control Panel to view or change network settings.
    Forexample, you might want to add the TCP/IP protocol since Windows 98 does not install it by default.

VMware Tools in an Windows 98 Guest

For information on VMware Tools, see Knowledge base article 1014294, General VMware Tools installation instructions, at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014294.

Knowledge Base Articles for Windows 98

The following link refers to knowledge base articles on operating system specific issues. See VMware Knowledge Base for a list of known issues about the operating system.

VMware Compatibility Guide

The VMware Compatibility Guide Web site lists supported guest and host operating systems and provides related support information.

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