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Installing Guest Operating Systems

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Windows 98 Installation Guidelines

Windows 98 Installation Guidelines

Support

Support

This guest operating system is supported on the following VMware products:

  • VMware Workstation 4.0
General Installation Notes

General Installation Notes

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

Before installing the operating system, be sure that you have already created and configured a new virtual machine.

Installation Steps

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the Windows 98 CD in the CD-ROM drive.

    Note: Some Windows 98 packages require that you boot from a floppy disk. If you have such a package, insert the boot floppy in the floppy disk drive. Follow the on-screen instructions. Be sure to run FDISK and FORMAT when the installer prompts you to do so.

  2. Power on the virtual machine to start installing Windows 98.
  3. Choose to boot from CD-ROM, then select the option Start Windows 98 Setup from CD-ROM. The setup program runs FDISK and reboots.
  4. Once again, choose to boot from CD-ROM, then select the option Start Windows 98 Setup from CD-ROM. The setup program continues installing Windows 98.
  5. Follow the Windows 98 installation steps as you would for a physical PC.
VMware Tools

VMware Tools

Be sure to install VMware Tools in your guest operating system. For details, see the manual for your VMware product.

Enabling Networking After Installing Windows 98

Enabling 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. To set up networking for a virtual machine, power off the virtual machine and add a network adapter to the configuration. When you power on the virtual machine, Windows 98 automatically detects an AMD PCNET Family Ethernet Adapter (PCI-ISA) and prompts for the Windows 98 CD-ROM to install drivers. The default Ethernet adapter settings should work well and do not need to be changed. Use the Network icon in the Windows 98 Control Panel to view or change network settings. For example, you may want to add the TCP/IP protocol since Windows 98 does not install it by default.

Known Issues

Known Issues

Phantom COM Ports

Phantom COM Ports

After Windows 98 has been installed, you may notice COM5 and COM6 devices exist within the Windows Device Manager. These devices do not actually exist and are not consuming IRQ or other resources. You may remove them using the Windows device manager if you like.

Guest Screen Saver

Guest Screen Saver

On a Linux host with an XFree86 3.x X server, it is best not to run a screen saver in the guest operating system. Guest screen savers that demand a lot of processing power can cause the X server on the host to freeze.

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