Dual Boot: XP and 98 With Dell Dimesion 5150

August 26, 2012 at 03:28:17
Specs: Windows 98, 3,00 GHz/ 1 GB
Hi, i have installed Windows 98 and Windows XP on the same harddrive. Windows XP is booting , but 98 is hanging and freezing in the Windows 98 splash screen.

W98 is C:
XP is D:

1. I put the disc on the DVD tray and boot it from the CD.

2. I pressed Windows 98 with cd-rom support. then i started fdisk, Primary DOS partition (98) is 35% and Extended DOS partition (XP but was later converted to NTFS). Set the primary partition to active, and restarted the pc.

3. Windows 98 Setup was later executed, i installed it on C:/Windows and then i choose the custom installation (without Web TV). I typed the name and everything. Then set the nationality, everything was set to Swedish or Sweden. Later Windows 98 started installing.

4. After a restart. i punched in the key and the setup looked for PnP devices. Later i got my first signs of error.

"Your Multi-function device "Standard Dual PCI IDE Controller"
has some child devices using 32-bit drivers and others using compatibility mode drivers. Their Configuration is not supported, so your computer has been halted to prevent corruption.
After you restart your computer, Windows will use compatibility-mode drivers for each child device attached to this multi-function device.
If you want to use 32-bit drivers, you may be able to obtain an updated driver for the device that caused the problem by contacting your hardware manufacturer or you can disable the device.
Press any Key to Continue"

i restarted the computer by just holding down the "power on" button. I couldn't press any key when the warning screen was still present.

5. After that it still continued to fin sh installing windows 98, I set the time zone and clock. Then when i restarted the computer, Windows 98 was booting and then it turned black and said like this:

"Completed updating files, continuing to boot windows."

Then it hanged and wouldn't boot.

I restarted once again but this time Windows froze at the splash logo screen.

6. I booted in to safe mode, and it booted to the desktop screen. Weird. But i couldn't install any drivers. Becuase the was no USB that got detected and "My Computer" didnt even detect any CD or DVD drives.

------------------------------------- [Windows 98 Installation ends here]

7. I started to install Windows XP by booting to the disc. I converted the FAT32 D: partition to NTFS and the setup began.

8. After that i typed my name, set the nationality, product key and that, XP was booted with sucess.

9. Then i stuck the USB to the PC and took some drivers to the C: partition.

10. Safe mode was booted to install the drivers (98) but this couldn't be done.

What's wrong?! Help me! :(

CPU: Intel Pentium 4 with HT (turned off) 3,00 GHz (Prescott)
GPU: ATi Radeon X600 256 MB
RAM: 2x512 DDR2 400 MHz?
HDD: Maxtor Maxline III 250 GB SATA
Floppy: Generic Floppy Drive
Sound: Soundblaster Audigy 2
Ethernet: Intel Pro 100/VE Network
Chipset: Intel 945G Express

Do not ask this: Virtual PC's, they are emulated OS's with limitations i refuse to use this.

Windows 98 will be used for Gaming, some software and Nostaliga!

(Sorry for the bad english, i'm 15 and swedish)

All help appreciated!

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August 26, 2012 at 04:03:16
Many computers built in the past 10 years just won't work with Windows 95 and 98. There can also be problems if you have too much RAM ("too much" is very little for 98). No doubt you are aware that Dell don't supply drivers for this particular machine for Windows 98; that may be the reason.

As a matter of interest, what are your problems with VMs? (I know you said don't ask, but I don't always do what I'm told). Most computers will run Windows 98 in a VM far better than the hardware that the OS was supplied with used to.

Alternatively, just buy a cheap, really old PC from eBay. Something suitable for 98 will cost next to nothing.

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August 26, 2012 at 07:38:28
VM's often have limitations, that's why i dont like em.

I can run with it 512 MB i guess.

But i will be exciting if it's working.

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August 26, 2012 at 09:15:26
"VM's often have limitations, that's why i dont like em."

What limitations exactly have you experienced with Windows 98 in a VM? Which VM software were you using? We may be able to recommend a better product.

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August 26, 2012 at 09:49:56
ram is just the first problem, the 250 gig sata hd is another and I am sure there are more.


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August 26, 2012 at 19:05:55
Yup, here we go again.

Is there a shortage of old computers where you live? No goodwill, no thrift store, no garage sales, no newspaper want ads?

In other words, buy an old computer, something like a pentium III, and install 98 on it. You won't have hard drive problems, ram problems or problems finding drivers, all problems you will have trying to install 98 on that newer machine.

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August 26, 2012 at 23:22:09

In order to run Windows 98 with more than 512MB of RAM, you will need some unofficial tweaks and/or unofficial patches. Same goes for the SATA drives.

See these pages for more help:

I recommend the forums at MSFN if you intend to continue your experiment. Here, you will only get "run it in a VM" or "downgrade your hardware," and foolish "why" questions.

I see you already made it there. :)

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August 27, 2012 at 08:52:56
I've never had a reason to attempt running Win98 on a SATA drive, but I assume you'd have to configure it in the BIOS as "IDE compatibility".

The drive should have at least 2 partitions. And if you want Win98 to be able to read the XP files, both partitions have to be formated with FAT32. Do the partitioning & formating in advance using 3rd party software, not the Windows disc.

Also, you should temporarily reduce the RAM amount to 512MB (or less) when installing Win98. Once installed, you can tweak the vcache entry in the system.ini file, then reinstall the RAM.


Other than that, I suspect there will be drivers issues.


Once you have Win98 installed & working, just pop in the WinXP disc - do NOT boot off it! When the XP menu pops up, select "advanced" & direct it to install to the 2nd partition.

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August 27, 2012 at 11:11:58
Are you having issues with Windows 98 (aka First Edition) or Windows 98 Second Edition? While I am aware of the FIX95CPU.ZIP patch that allows Windows 95 to run on machine >2.1GHz, the same bug exists in Windows 98 First Edition and I am not aware of any patch that was made for Windows 98 First Edition. This CPU bug was fixed with the release of Windows 98 Second Edition.

If you are still having issues booting in Windows and it's due to RAM, before you see the Windows 98 logo, you'll need to re-boot and press F8 quickly until you see "Microsoft Windows 98 Startup Menu", select "command prompt" (Shift+F5), and then type edit c:\windows\system.ini. After you type this, go down to the heading [enh386] and create a new line under this heading: MaxPhysPage=30000. Then go up to File, click Save, then exit and reboot the computer. The MaxPhysPage entry will limit RAM to 768 which Windows 98 *can* handle. Editing the system.ini will also work for Windows 95 with more than 1GB RAM.


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August 27, 2012 at 14:10:08

Windows 98 First Edition received an official HotFix for the >2.1GHz processor bug.



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August 27, 2012 at 14:39:45
Install in a VM works far better on modern machines................

Windows 98SE use Virtual PC 2007


Windows 98FE use Virtual PC 2004


ARM Devices the future. Windows have accepted the fact!

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August 28, 2012 at 13:13:27

That Microsoft link is funny. The article itself says Microsoft had no intention of making a patch, yet the second link you provided me contains a patch. I wonder why they don't just link to it in the article.


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August 28, 2012 at 16:19:15
Microsoft frequently rewrites their KB articles to claim there is no solution to problems previously addressed. Especially for Windows 9x.

Apparently that article has been changed since I last read it. Believe only about half what you read at Microsoft's KB for 9x these days.

In another example, I know of 2 or 3 KB articles related to USB and Windows 95 that were rewritten to mandate an upgrade, when HotFixes had already been released!

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