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    Still Haven't Got My Windows 98 VM Up And Running

    SanAndreasElevator Novice

      I am still at a total loss to why this won't install properly. I also realized that there isn't a whole lot of evidence of Windows 98 being installed in Workstation 14, but there is only one video on Youtube of Windows 98 First Edition being installed. So I reluctantly decided to try out Windows 98 FE (following the same instructions as in the video) and see if I would get the same result as I did in SE. I was able to get to the date & time settings and make my selections, but at some point where it says, "Windows is now setting up the following items" and Updating the system settings..." I get several error messages:



      I was getting several other error messages regarding Internet Explorer 4.0 as well as several "illegal operation" messages, some of the same ones would keep popping up when I would click close. Eventually I was able to get past these messages to the point where it wants to restart the vm but when i clicked "restart now" the operating system just sat there for about 30 seconds and this message popped up:


      I clicked "End Task" and whilst doing so I get more "illegal operation" messages:


      The same messages would repeat when clicking close, and after clicking close several times the messages were gone but now it just sat there with a plain blue screen.


      To be honest this is my second attempt at installing Windows FE and during the first attempt yesterday after getting the first batch of error messages I restarted the vm but it wanted to go into safe mode, I tried that but it just sat there and neither the taskbar nor the desktop icons would show up, which resulted in me declaring the vm a brick.


      Here are my PC specs:


      Motherboard: Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming K5

      Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 Eight-Core Processor 3.00 GHz

      RAM: 16 GB DDR4

      SSD: Samsung SSD 960 EVO 250 GB

      HDD: Seagate Barracuda SD2000DM006 2 TB

      External Hard Drive (Back-up): Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8 TB (USB 3.0)

      Graphics Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

      Host Operating System: Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 1709 (Build 16299.125)

      Two-Monitor Setup: Both are ASUS VS248 Resolution is 1920x1080

      Speakers: Bose Companion 5 USB 2.0

      Keyboard: Logitech USB 2.0

      Mouse: Microsoft USB 2.0


      I know some of these specs aren't necessary to list but I did anyway just in case they may be behind the culprit of the problem.


      There must be something in my PC that the Windows 98 installation doesn't like or maybe it has something to do with the Ryzen chipset, that's another thing I would like to know is if anyone has had any problems installing a Windows 98 vm on a Ryzen PC.


      And for those who haven't seen my previous discussion, here are the error messages I get when I attempt to install Windows 98 SE:



      So if anyone has any ideas of the culprit behind this or if anyone knows of a way around this, please let me know, keeping in mind that I have tried the following methods with the same result:


      Dialing down the hardware version to Workstation 12 and Workstation 6.5-7

      Setting USB compatibility to 1.1 in vm settings

      Removing the USB controller

      Splitting the virtual hard disk into multiple files

      Reducing the hard disk size to 2 GB

      Adjusting the RAM (So far I've had the RAM set to 64 MB, 256 MB, & 512 MB)

      Using a different ISO from a different source

      Using a different .vmx configuration file from another user


      Again, any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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