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Windows 7: How to install Windows 98 after Windows 7?


22 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
How to install Windows 98 after Windows 7?

Hello,

I have a laptop, and I've been trying to get Windows 98 on (to multi-boot with 7) for over 3 months, and I've tried a lot.
I even tried to use a Windows 98 boot disk, but it's telling me that there's insufficient memory. After I press "ENTER", it says "It's now safe to turn off your computer."

Help would be greatly appreciated.

~shadowboy1795~

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22 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

When you say you've tried a lot it covers a multitude of sins so it would be helpful if you let us know what you have tried as it saves us going over old ground.

Have a look at this tutorial: THPC: Dual-Boot Windows 98/Me and Windows 7 on your Windows 7 computer

Mind you, I'm intrigued as to why you still have a need for Windows 98.
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22 May 2012   #3

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First make your C drive smaller to make some space for win98. Now you have some unallocated space. Please look which partition is active now and remember it! Make a new new partition in the unallocated space (don't format) and mark partition as active. Now boot from win98 installation DVD and install it in that partition. Does that work?

You can switch back to Windows 7 by marking the original partition active and boot. You can do that using Startup Repair

Partition - Mark as Active

I don't think win98 has drivers for your new hardware!!!!!!
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22 May 2012   #4

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I modified previous post!
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22 May 2012   #5
whs
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If you were to run 98 in Virtual Box, that would probably be less painful. https://www.virtualbox.org/
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22 May 2012   #6
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If you were to run 98 in Virtual Box, that would probably be less painful. https://www.virtualbox.org/
I go with it.
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22 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

The first thing I tried was making the Windows 7 partition smaller, putting Windows 98 on the blank partition and marking it active, but it didn't work. I also tried the tutorial, but that didn't work either. Is there anything I'm doing wrong?
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23 May 2012   #8

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win98 partition should be active BEFORE installing win98. This forces it to put boot files on that partition.
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23 May 2012   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shadowboy1795 View Post
The first thing I tried was making the Windows 7 partition smaller, putting Windows 98 on the blank partition and marking it active, but it didn't work. I also tried the tutorial, but that didn't work either. Is there anything I'm doing wrong?
If you don't tell us what happens, we can't help you! Did win98 installation succeed successful? Did boot afterwards fail? Did install freeze? Or .....

And what error did you get and when?

Did you install on FAT32 partition?
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23 May 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shadowboy1795 View Post
The first thing I tried was making the Windows 7 partition smaller, putting Windows 98 on the blank partition and marking it active, but it didn't work. I also tried the tutorial, but that didn't work either. Is there anything I'm doing wrong?
You're dealing with two different file systems entirely. Fat 32 vs NTFS as far as the file system and no way to edit the BCD store in 7 for a Legacy version. Windows 2000 possible as an older NT cored version of Windows.

Two separate drives and no driver support for 98 on hardwares that support 7! The suggestion of running the old version on Virtual Machine(VM) is one solution that could work however.

(Have fun trying to set it up with VirtualBox however! Tried that and no floppy drive or floppy image would work)(Also tried getting 3.1 and 95 on other occasions)
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