Out of curiosity, why couldn't you boot up a copy of 98?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by kntgsp, Apr 20, 2006.

  1. kntgsp macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2004
    Just out of curiosity, why is it not possible to boot up a copy of 98 on the intel macs now with boot camp. I know service pack 1 copies of xp won't work, but I have some older progs that weren't ported to xp, that I still use in 98.
  2. Oryan macrumors 6502a


    Apr 1, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    I would suppose that each version of Windows has a certain way it needs to be started. Instead of writing code to launch every version of Windows, Apple just decided to write a boot loader for XP. Perhaps there will be the option to install different versions in the final version.
  3. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
  4. Kingsly macrumors 68040


  5. ipacmm macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    I also think there aren't that many people still using 98 and if they really wanted it, they would upgrade to XP.
  6. JFreak macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    It's not about how old some software is, but more like how "stable" or "fast" when you talk about people who are not using the "latest". I for example would choose NT4 or DOS5 should I have to use a Microsoft system, but those will definetely not be able to boot on Macs.

    Windows 98 was a decent system. It was what Windows 95 promised to be when they released its beta in 1994 -- they actually were able to deliver what they promised, only that it took Microsoft 4 years longer than expected. But thumbs up for delivering!

    (After releasing a highly successful W98 with great service pack fixes they demolished the system with what they called "Windows ME". That system should have never seen daylight.)
  7. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    Because Windows 98 is a PITA.

    If you have apps that only run in 98, Try XPs compatibility mode, run 98 under VMware/QEMU/Bochs/VPC/Whatever, or go get a secondhand PC for like nothing.
  8. kntgsp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2004
    Trust me, I have exhausted every possibility regarding a certain printer driver in XP. Their supposed "XP drivers CD" doesn't work at all. I just use an old crap 98 box for the thing, but I always like to consolidate when possible. XP has a certain number of 98 compatible printer's drivers built in, but it won't let you change settings in them like with ink/paper/etc.

    Yay for old 98 winblows boxes

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