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Am getting a Windows Protection Error - what should I do?

March 2, 2018 at 17:05:12
Specs: Windows 98
I am trying to install a Windows 98 Virtual Machine from a legit, factory disc with a complete product code. I thought I had it down before and I apologize for all the questions. I started the installation, entered the product code when asked for it, but I get the following message...

While Initalizing Device NDIS:
Windows Protection Error - You need to restart your computer.

Can someone help me through this process?

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March 2, 2018 at 18:48:58
When you set up the VM, how much memory did you allocate to Win98? It should be less than 512MB. 512MB might work, but it would be better to use 448MB. I don't know if you saw the responses to your other question:

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March 3, 2018 at 00:27:31
I don't wish to be rude, but Google will answer most of your questions.

Here's the first hit for this one:

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March 3, 2018 at 11:40:01
ijack - thanks for the heads up about Google! I am to understand that the problem I am having is related to the speed of my computer. Or so I guess. I looked at the different pages on Google but havent found exactly what I am looking for.

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March 3, 2018 at 15:03:30
Best method to install 98 was to build Window/option/cabs folder and copy all installation files to that folder first. Then run setup.exe from that folder such that you'll never need the installation CD again as 98 will know to look in that folder for source files and they are all there.

Further you can use this situation to your advantage in correcting the NDIS error by extracting NDIS.VXD file from the update shown in the link in #2 above using WinZip and placing the file in the Windows/options/cab folder. 98 will see that it has already been extracted and will use it instead of the broken compressed version found within the .CABs files. Your update has been essentially applied by installing in this manner, but to do this correctly you should apply the update over the top of itself once Windows is running fine and this action will write the proper registry entries for the update.

You can also replace the file in boot to DOS mode. It belongs in the Windows/SYSTEM folder. Registry entries are not need for the update to work, they just record that the update has been applied properly.

Yes, this is a processor too fast error, and a common stumbling block, hopefully the update in link of post #2 will fix the issue.


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March 4, 2018 at 10:53:24
How do I build a window/option/cabs folder for a Virtual Machine and where do I put it? And when you say copy the installation files to that folder, which files are designated as installation files? I'm sure its obvious that I don't know a whole lot about this type of computer complication, which is why I am asking.

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March 10, 2018 at 19:22:24
Never done a virtual install so I don't know if that folder is available to the host machine or not, nor what it would be called before it happens.Chicken and egg sort of thing.

All the files in the WIN98 folder on the CD are the installation files. A lot of .CAB files and a few others. Don't need the folders or their contents. 101 objects discounting the two folders for my 98se full retail version. OEM or other versions will differ slightly from that count.

Might be better to make a copy of the installation CD with the updated NDIS.VXD placed in the WIN98 folder so the virtual machine will install it for you. You able to get NDIS.VXD from the update? You able to write CDs? Your CD author software allow you to add the NDIS.VXD file to the WIN98 folder copy of installation CD? A lot of things I don't know either.


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April 12, 2018 at 23:26:23
Each virtual PC has a corresponding VHD (virtual hard drive), located in
C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines.
Run "DISKMGMT.MSC" to launch Disk Management snap-in. At the top menu, select "Action" , "Attach VHD" , enter the location of the correct vhd. In the snap-in, right click on the new drive, "Explore" it. Add, delete, edit files as normal.

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