Is it possible to install windows 98 on bootcamp?

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  1. elppa macrumors 68040

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    Highly unlikely it would ever work.

    If you need to run Win98, try one of the virtualization packages.

    I think bootcamp requires WinXP SP 2 or Vista.
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    No, you need XP SP2 or Vista. ^^ Should be able to install it using virtualization.

    Why 98? That is so far behind in everything, esp. security. Get up to date, get XP.
     
  3. togermano thread starter macrumors regular

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    I miss playing around with DOS and stuff and old dos games that don't run virtualization very good... I don't see why it wouldn't install its the drivers that might be the problem?
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I might be wrong, but I dont think drivers exist for any of the hardware. Think about it, the hardware is a decade older than the OS, that is a lifetime in IT.
     
  5. togermano thread starter macrumors regular

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    The audio is ac 97 so that must exist..... I'm guessing ethernet exist..... I guess its the video card driver that would be the problem
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, drivers exist for ac97 audio and ethernet, but not the hardware in current computers. MS doesn't even support 98 anymore.
     
  7. togermano thread starter macrumors regular

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    The hardware will work...... Windows 98 will just use one core of hte cpu instead of 2
     
  8. sahni130 macrumors 6502

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    windows 98 will not work, only xp or vista will.
     
  9. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Windows 98 does NOT have drivers for any recent generation of hardware, while it MAY work* (using the term loosely) it probably will not be stable, and many, many features may not work at all.

    If you can get it running, kudos to you. Be sure you know exactly what you are doing, because bootcamp will not do it for you, you will need to partition yourself and do the install manually. If those old games are that important to you, good luck.
     
  10. tsice19 macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt the Apple Drivers would support it.

    Not to mention, it would be a bitch to set up.

    Install XP and set it to a classic theme.

    However, if you actually have a real use for it, you could probably install it in VirtualBox (google it) on Mac or Windows.
     
  11. Lunettes macrumors newbie

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    Hi there!

    If you miss the old DOS games, you can always try DOSBox (www.dosbox.com/).

    Have fun :)
     
  12. Hugh macrumors 6502a

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    How do that?

    I have actually tried to install Windows 98 (also tried ME) and it installs very slow and crashes when it also makes it to the finish. :(

    Has anybody had any lock trying this? :confused:

    Hugh


     
  13. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    It will not work. Off topic, I grew up in erie.
     
  14. Gentile macrumors regular

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    I would second VirtualBox. I installed Windows 98 to see how it would work and works well. My guess is that any 3D intensive games will not play well - not sure if there were any available for Windows 98.
     
  15. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    Windows 98 required some patches to run anything above an AMD K6 500 at the time. Unless you have a patched-to-heck-and-back version of Windows 98 I don't think it would be feasible anyway.
     
  16. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    I don't know guy, I've messed around with some VERY old games under Win XP. Is there anything in particular you want run/mess around in? I know what you're feelin, I get nostalgic sometimes too.
     
  17. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Well... summarizing everything above and some of my own.... in one word... NO
     
  18. togermano thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think windows 98 second edition has that patched already and people make unoffical service packs for 98 second edition
     

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