Windows 98 in DOSBOX

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August 6, 2010 at 09:27:49
Specs: Windows Vista, 3.4 GHz / 2045 MB
Hello i have installed windows 3.1 on dosbox and i had the iso of windows 98. But when i tryed to start setup it frezzes at "Setup is checking your computer" "Searching for drives" Then nothing left it on for a while and still nothing . The mouse won't even move! I have my sound and video card drivers installed. I launched it from FILE MANAGER (Tryed DOS but said i had to run it from file manager) I would run this in VMWARE but dosbox is a LOT faster and has the drivers.

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#1
August 6, 2010 at 10:10:13
Dosbox emulates an old DOS environment, not an old computer.

Win 3.1 works because it runs in an old DOS environment.

Win98 doesn't work because it tries to replace the old DOS environment.


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#2
August 6, 2010 at 10:20:56
Ok but can i prevent it from doing that

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#3
August 6, 2010 at 10:25:56
Apparently if you mess with the memory/core settings enough, you can get it installed/running. It also says the older version .70 will run WIn98 SE w/o problems.

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#4
August 6, 2010 at 10:30:57
Ok i will try

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#5
August 6, 2010 at 10:38:38
I'd try asking on Dosbox's forums. Could also look at MS' Win98 support.

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#6
August 6, 2010 at 11:03:59
Ok so i got dosbox 0.70 and i installed win98 through windows 3.1 and froze at the same point. Tryed it through DOS and got low hdd space ( I HAVE 14.0GB LEFT).
Then i tryed windows 95. On windows 3.11 i froze. DOS it said my hdd was messed up. Those are some really weird errors. Maybe my hdd is messed up. So i would say i need a person who has done this before.Because i am desprite.

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#7
August 6, 2010 at 11:26:02
You could try re-doing your mount command to something smaller:
mount -u c
mount c "<whatever>" -freesize 2048MB


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#8
August 6, 2010 at 11:35:39
Ok that code you gave me worked but like you said it DOSbox wouldn't let windows 98 change the DOS enviorment
Well that sucks do you know a way to let it update the DOS enviorment

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#9
August 6, 2010 at 12:40:28
*reading DOSBox's readme.txt*

Try mounting a file as a HDD, formatting that mount, and installing Win98 to that.

In CMD:

fsutil file createnew c:\some.img 536870912
(You need to have admin privileges for this command. If you don't, there are other, slower ways to make a blank 512MB file.)

In DOSBox:

mount
For each drive listed that's not Z:
mount /u <drive letter>

After everything is unmounted:
imgmount 2 "c:\some.img" -t hdd -fs none -size 512,64,16384

Try running the installer; have it partition, format and install to the 512MB drive. If that doesn't work, you'll have to boot from a Win98 boot disk image.

When it needs to reboot, you'll have to close/reopen DOSBox, then boot off the HDD image. I assume the commands to do that are:

imgmount c "c:\some.img" -t hdd -fs fat -size 512,64,16384
boot -l c


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#10
August 6, 2010 at 14:05:39
You may be much better off running a virtual machine that supports your nice new computer.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#11
August 6, 2010 at 14:45:47
Okay i did what you did mounted correctly but still when i went to start up the installer it said i had virus detection on my comuter and was preventing me from editing autoexec.bat and the .sys file. The thing is i didn't have anti-virus with windows 3.11 do i need to take more steps.
P.S. The code you gave me took a while but i worked great (I think for now)

CPU : Intel Dual-Core 3.40GHZ
Memory: 2 GB DDRM
Video Card: Nvida 9500 GT
Sound : SoundMAX Onboard
OS: Vista


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#12
August 6, 2010 at 15:58:18
Try to mount that image, mount your CD, and boot to your CD. Ideally, Win98's setup should see nothing but your raw, empty drive. (And with no 3.11 involved)

EDIT: If that doesn't work, I heard you can use a boot disk image to format the HDD image, make it bootable, and copy the setup files to the HDD image. Then all you'd need to do is boot to your image and start the installer.


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#13
August 6, 2010 at 17:44:01
Ok i mount everything and it still told me it could not upadate system files. Where would you get the boot image to format the HDD image,make it bootable and copy the setup files to the HDD image.

CPU : Intel Dual-Core 3.40GHZ
Memory: 2 GB DDRM
Video Card: Nvida 9500 GT
Sound : SoundMAX Onboard
OS: Vista


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