Do you want to try the classic Windows 98 OS? If so, I recommend you download the Windows 98 ISO file and then use it to create a VM. This post from MiniTool Partition Wizard gives you the Windows 98 ISO download links.
Windows 98 ISO Download
Windows 98, the successor to Windows 95, is part of its Windows 9x family of Microsoft Windows operating systems. It is a heavily web-integrated operating system that relies on the HTML language.
Windows 98 introduced a handful of features to enhance system functionality and capabilities, including improved USB support and accessibility, as well as support for hardware advancements such as DVD players.
It is the first OS that introduces the Windows Driver Model, Disk Cleanup, Windows Update, multi-monitor support, and Internet Connection Sharing.
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Windows 98 has two editions. The first edition was released on May 15, 1998, and the Windows 98 Second Edition (Windows 98SE) was released on May 5, 1999. Windows 98SE is the improved version of Windows 98 and it is the best and most stable version in the Windows 9x family.
The install Windows 98, the minimum requirements are as follows:
- 486DX 66 MHz or better processor (Pentium recommended).
- 16 MB of memory (24 MB recommended).
- 120 MB minimum of free hard-disk space (Note that typical installation requires approximately 195 MB of free hard-disk space, but may range between 120 MB to 295 MB).
- CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
- 5-inch high-density floppy disk drive.
- Display adapter and monitor that support VGA or higher resolution.
- Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device.
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Windows 98 ISO Download Links
The above requirements are very easy to meet. Now, let’s start downloading the Windows 98 ISO file. The Windows 98 is a hybrid 16-bit and 32-bit OS, so it doesn’t have a separate 16-bit version or a separate 32-bit version.
Update: The download links have been removed due to the copyright issue. You need to find the ISO file on other websites.
How to Create a Windows 98 Virtual Machine
After getting the Windows 98 download, I don’t recommend you install it on a physical device because it is too old. If you want to try this classic OS, you can create a Windows 98 virtual machine using VMWare.
The specific Windows 98 VM creation process is the same as the Windows 7/8/10 VM creation process. You can follow the steps described in this post: How to Use Windows 10 as a Virtual Machine - A Step-by-Step.
However, when you are asked to choose the guest OS version, please choose Windows 98.
After the Windows 98 VM is created, it only supports 640x480 resolution, 16 colors, and it has no sound card driver. You need to install some tools.
1. VMware Tools.
This is an official performance optimization tool developed by VMware for various operating systems. Please click VM at the upper left corner of the VMWare window and click Install VMWare Tools.
After tools are installed, the Windows 98 VM can support large resolution, 32-bit color, and mouse seamless switching. It will also improve the running speed.
2. Sound Card Driver
You should check what sound card the VM uses and then download the corresponding driver online. Then, install the driver.
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