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Windows 98 Information
Windows 98 Installation
Virtual PC Additions
Troubleshooting

Windows 98 Information

Windows 98 is the successor to Windows 95. It introduced support for a larger number of peripherals and integrated the internet experience into the “explorer shell”, the Finder equivalent in Windows.

There are two primary versions of Windows 98: first edition and second edition. Windows Me (Millenium Edition) is the equivalent of Windows 98 third edition.

The 2.0 version of Virtual PC shipped with Windows 98 first edition, and 3.0 and 4.0 shipped with second edition.

Windows 98 Installation

Windows 98 is relatively easy to install on Virtual PC. It requires a drive image that is at least 300MB in size. A larger hard drive image should be created if you want to install applications on the boot drive. Because Windows 98 supports the FAT32 volume format, you can use a hard drive up to 128GB. If you want the same drive to be readable by Windows 95, older versions of DOS or Windows NT, you should create a FAT16 volume instead (limited to 2GB in size).

Most Windows 98 install disks are bootable, so installation is relatively easy.

1. Create a new PC by clicking on the “New PC…” button in the PC List window. Let the “New PC Assistant” guide you through the PC configuration process.

2. After the PC and the hard drive image have been created, insert your Windows 98 CD and start up the PC.

3. The Windows 98 should boot directly into the Microsoft installation program. Follow the instructions to complete the installation.

NOTE: You will need your Windows 98 serial number (usually printed on the CD case or on the accompanying manual) to complete the installation process.

Virtual PC Additions

Virtual PC ships with a number of drivers and background applications that are collectively know as “VPC Additions”. These pieces of software allow for better integration between the Mac and the PC. For example, the “Host Mouse” driver (also called “Mac Mouse”) allows you to move the mouse cursor outside of the PC Video window, seamlessly switching from a Mac to a PC cursor as it crosses the border. Other additions allow for folder sharing and copy/paste between the Mac and the PC.

If you purchase a copy of Windows 98 from Connectix, there’s a good chance it has all the additions already installed. If you upgrade to a newer version of Virtual PC, you may want to upgrade the additions files. Follow the instructions that came with the upgrade. Virtual PC 4.0 is able to tell you when your additions are out of date. It also contains a mechanism that allows future additions upgrades to be done automatically (so your additions won’t ever be out of date again).

If you installed Windows 98 your self, you will need to manually install the additions the first time. Follow the instructions that came with Virtual PC to do this.

Troubleshooting

If you run into specific problems running Windows 98 on Virtual PC, let us know here. We’ll try to help you with your problem and post your question and answer here.

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