Vmware for win95

Gigabyte / P35c-ds3r
June 4, 2009 at 09:05:32
Specs: win95, N/A

i would like to install windows 95 on a virtual machine on a laptop - this is for some old fire panels we have that can only be programmed through Win95 (we will upgrade but in 4 years ).

what i need to know is, what Vmware do i use (free if possible) to install win95 on?

Any help or comments will be much appreciated.

i have not worked with VMs much before so do not know much about them


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June 4, 2009 at 09:31:43
What will be the host OS & how much RAM do you have?

There are several free VM's available:




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June 4, 2009 at 11:28:06
Hi Jam,

Thank you for the links, the host OS will be XP, and the toughbook has only 1gig of RAM. I know this is pretty low but at the moment we just want to check if we can actually connect the fire control panels to the laptop using VM, i understand that win95 does not cater for USB, but if the host OS is XP pro then will this matter? or are there any third party drivers which will allow win95 to use USB.

I know this may seem a pretty poorly managed solution but we are limited in terms of cost and we are unfortunately working with an active fire panel system and do not want to ruin or damage anything, so if we blow a couple of old laptops so be it (bad attitude i know) but we just want to learn about this first and then spend the money on some good laptops.

Thanks for your help.

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June 5, 2009 at 04:05:49
It seems that you are going to interface with USB to serial or parallel adapters. Wouldn't it be easier to use an old laptop with serial and/or parellel ports? Some of the USB adapters do not support all the port protocals, so you may not be able to interface to your panels. Many of the parallel ones only work with printers only.

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June 5, 2009 at 09:29:16
1GB RAM is OK. When you do the VM, you have to allocate some memory to the host & some to the guest. Make sure not to give too much to Win95...256MB should be plenty. Win95 does support USB, provided you have version OSR 2.1 or 2.5, but wizard-fred brings up a good point...do you even need USB? I'm not really sure what you're trying to do but I'm guessing you need to reprogram some sort of security/fire alarm control panels? Which type of interface ports do they have?

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June 8, 2009 at 01:42:18

Thanks for the information, the fire panels require a serial input only, seeing as i dont have access to 5 old laptops with serial ports, i wanted to buy some new laptops, and was hoping to buy a cable with a serial connection at one end (for the panel) and a USB on the other (for the new laptop) and was thinking that this should allow my computer to connect to the panels, these panels are pretty old so im not sure if it will work. i guess the only way forward is to try it, they only work with Win95 (not sure why but will need to look into this).

Any comments on this USB to Serial cable solution, not sure if the panels will recognise the USB or rather the USB recognise the panels?

Thanks and sorry if im vague with my descriptions thanks for being patient im learning this new system as i type so will have more info soon.


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