windows 98 in boot camp


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 22, 2007
I have a full version of windows 98. Can I put it my new macbook intel core two duo??? If so I have a upgrade version of win xp. If I put 98 then I should be able to upgrade through win 98 to xp once 98 is loaded on mac???


macrumors 68000
May 3, 2007
In front of my MacBook Pro
Eeew... win 98 on a Mac???? I don't see why it shouldn't work, but there could be some hardware restrictions for 98 as they didn'y have C2Ds or even much around a gig of RAM back then. But still, it should work, then upgrade.


macrumors 65816
Jul 26, 2005
Windows 98 is not supported. But, you should be able to boot from the XP CD and then insert the 98 CD when it asks you to.


macrumors 68000
Jan 6, 2002
As far as I know you cannot install Win 98 in bootcamp but, when I got my iMac I had the same problem, all I had was a upgrade install disk after a slipstream of SP 2 on the XP cd I started the instalation and had to use a FireWire CD rom that I had from my old iBook and had to put a Win 98 or 2000 CD in it to prove that I could perform the upgrade you will know what I am talking about and hear is a link to the slipstream

Hope this helps you.


macrumors 6502
Sep 12, 2006
Upstate NY
I wouldn't sugest it.
Part of boot camp is the drivers which are for Windows XP SP2. And most of the technology in the Intel Macs are way beyond what 98 was designed for. You will probably have promlems with Video, Sound, even possible Getting the Keyboard and Mouse to work. You will not be able to access the Duel Cores with 98 only one core.

In short if you can get it to run, it probably will run worse then it would on an old P2 300 mhz system.

Using VMWare or Parallels you may have a better chance at getting to run fairly well because those give you a prefered PC settings. Bootcamp basicly gives you the drivers to work on the Mac.


macrumors 601
Jun 13, 2007
If you can get it to run, I can tell you it'll be a hell of alot faster than XP, on my PC windows 98 booted in half the time XP did, although this was back when it ran an athlon 2000 XP 2ghz (single core) 512mb ram and a 40gb HD, dunno if it would recognize the macs hardware, its worth a shot though.


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Aug 16, 2005
New England