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VMWare v4 for Windows workstation: How install Microsoft Windows 98? [Missing operating system]

Nov 13th, 2003 05:30
Knud van Eeden,


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--- Knud van Eeden --- 13 November 2003 - 02:22 pm -------------------
VMWare v4 for Windows workstation: How install Microsoft Windows 98? 
[Missing operating system]
When installing an upgrade of Microsoft Windows 98/ME, error 'Missing
operating system'
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This because the harddisk c: is still not formatted, or
no bootable CD can be found.
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The problem is that you can not boot from floppy disk, using my
computer at the moment.
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The default boot order is:
1. floppy disk
2. harddisk (still not formatted)
3. CDROM
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Solution:
-change the boot order, and install from the full version.
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Steps: Overview:
 1. -Remove the CD from the computer
 2. -Make sure your VMWare window has focus (by putting the mouse
     cursor on the VMWare window, and pressing <ENTER> or similar)
 3. -While VMWare starts, keep <F2> pressed for the boot menu
 4. -Goto the boot order
 5. -Use numeric '+' (=<FN><+>) to move the CDROM to the top
     of the boot list
 6. -Put your boot CDROM inside (choose option 2. 'CD ROM support')
 7. -Fdisk the harddisk (press <ENTER> while accepting all the 
defaults)
 8. -Restart and format the harddisk (type
      format c:
     on the command line)
 9. -Restart,
     1. remove the boot CD,
     2. change to disk c:,
     3. insert the Windows98/ME CD,
     4. disconnect and connect the CD, in order to activate it again
     5. and run the install.exe from the Windows98/ME CD
-> the problem is that it then says:
  'this program requires Microsoft Windows'
  when using the French Windows98/ME CD.
So it looks like a solution is to first install a Windows95
(English or French), then do the installation from there.
10. I then inserted the Windows98/ME English version, ran
    setup.exe, then inserted the French CD.
    But that hang the installation.
11. I then copied the complete VMWare English Windows98/ME version to 
the
    French version, and ran the installation from this English
    operating system in VM.
    (file->'Open'->'Windows SE French')
    You will have to change and save:
      displayName = "Windows 98/ME SE - French"
    in the file:
     'Windows 98/ME SE - French.vmx'
    or else it does not add it to VMWare, as it exists already
12. Then start the English version, and type in an MSDOS box:
     d:\install.exe
    that will start installing the French Windows98/ME
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Internet: see also:
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VMWare: v4.0: Operating system: Install: All: Overview 
[Windows/Linux/Unix/FreeBSD/Solaris/Novell]
http://www.faqts.com/knowledge_base/view.phtml/aid/22119/fid/1149
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http://www.vmware.com/support/guestnotes/doc/index.html
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