Windows 98 and 7

September 19, 2010 at 20:23:46
Specs: Windows 7, 1gb
Can we install windows 98 and windows 7 together on a computer?

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#1
September 19, 2010 at 22:09:53
I am assuming you want to dual boot Windows 7 and Win98.
In theory this is possible, but actually doing it is likely to be a problem. The problem is whether or not drivers are available for both WIn98 and Win 7. Considering that they are more than 10 years apart I think the chances are not good. On a laptop practically zero.

A better option would be to install Win 98 on a virtual machine, such as VirtualPC or VirtualBox, running on Win 7 as a host.


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#2
September 19, 2010 at 22:53:13
Well thanks alot for your answer. Yeah i want to dual boot. You are right about the drivers. I explain you my issue. The problem is i wanted to use stereo mix so i bought a new PCI card. It worked great on other pc with windows xp but unfortunately windows 7 didnot support it. So i want to keep windows xp or 98 just to record sounds with stereo mix when needed. I dont want to regularly use both of them. So i will only need the sound card driver that i already have for windows 98 and xp. My system is 2.8ghz, 1gb ram and 80 gb harddisk. Do you think i should dual boot windows 98 and 7 or xp and 7.? Please help me with this as i really need it!

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#3
September 20, 2010 at 05:09:59
See if the link below helps with that problem.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com...


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#4
September 20, 2010 at 06:08:34
wel i already tried that

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#5
September 20, 2010 at 06:25:45
And what happened? It should work.

What is the model of the hardware in question?


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#6
September 20, 2010 at 09:16:32
oh it didnot work. But i tried something else. I changed the PCI sound card to another model today. I was sure it won't work as well. But this time i put the cd with drivers of 98,nt,xp,2000 version in the cd rom then went to device manager and scanned the cd for the driver and it worked successfuly. I wish i had tried it yesterday then i would not have to make so much efforts. But thanks alot all of you :)

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#7
September 20, 2010 at 11:13:19
OK then, thanks for getting back to us.

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#8
September 21, 2010 at 04:56:47
My system is 2.8ghz, 1gb ram and 80 gb harddisk. Do you think i should dual boot windows 98 and 7 or xp and 7.?

Windows 98 cannot handle that much RAM so definately Win XP if it comes up again.

Bryan


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#9
September 21, 2010 at 06:22:24
Oh well thanks. But i never heard that if we have too much ram a window won't work on it :) But thanks. I will dual boot with xp if ever needed but currently windows 7 is running smoothly

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#10
September 21, 2010 at 06:45:38
mmm - '9x has a wee problem/issue if more than 512Meg installed; but there is a tweak to circumvent it... (Not that I can recall wot at this time...)

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#11
September 22, 2010 at 11:28:22
This guy got Windows 7 to run on a 266 with 96mb ram...that's comfortable for windows 98..

Windows 7 Hits a New Low

These articles are all over the web.


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#12
September 22, 2010 at 13:04:12
perhaps the term "run" is another way to say it crawled...? Although who knows how "well" (use the term advisedly) W-7 "works" with so much RAM...

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#13
October 13, 2010 at 01:03:52
There is a work around for the ram issue but I'll be darned if I can remember it at the moment. Win98 doesn't care for the ntfs file system though and Win7 doesn't like Fat32 file system. I know you can have both on the same physical drive in two different partitions but every time I have actually seen it done it caused problems so I would use a completely seperate physical harddrive for each OS. However XP and 7 work great on the same drive both in ntfs.

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#14
October 13, 2010 at 04:57:11
The memory issue running Win98 when more than 512MB of RAM present can be overcome with a registry entry.

The other issue with running Win98 on a modern system has to do with the chip set drivers. Some of the subsystems like PCIe may not have any Win98 drivers available.

Run Windows 7 pro or Ultimate and you can download and run Virtual PC which allows to to download a free virtual copy of WinXP in Virtual Mode. It runs inside Windows 7 without a reboot. Works very well.

If you are running a lesser version of Windows 7 you can perform an inplace upgrade to Pro or Ultimate without a re-install.

There are some hardware requirements which most computers meet. Some laptops do not.

You WILL need more than 1GB of RAM to run Virtual PC.


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