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Windows 98 Virtual Machine on Proxmox

Why would you do this?

I don’t really know the answer to that but often I find myself installing Windows 98 on something just to see if I could get it to work and live a moment in the “good ol’ days”.

Windows 98 Wallpaper

Since learning there’s a fundamental problem running Windows 98 as a virtual machine on my AMD desktop, I thought I would see if I could get it running on my Proxmox server running an Intel processor. At least there I also have the option to emulate having a Pentium III processor.

Virtual Machine Configuration

Since Windows 98 doesn’t need a lot to run, I’ve kept it to a minimum:

Proxmox Virtual Machine Hardware Details

The hard drive is configured as a IDE drive with a small size due to Windows limitations of the time. The “ssdstorage” is simple the Virtual Machine storage I have configured on the Proxmox Server.

What Doesn’t Work

While I will attempt to update this as I have more information, there’s somethings that don’t work due to the lack of overall driver support for Windows 98.

  • Networking
  • Graphics beyond Standard VGA

For networking, I’ve tried using Intel E1000 and Realtek RTL8139 configuration and both aren’t detected in the OS.

As for the Graphics Drivers, there’s simply no drivers for Windows 98 for this hypervisor.

Using the Virtual Machine

On the surface though, it generally works!

Applications run and for my system they seem to be pretty responsive. Once I find a way to get graphics and networking working then this will be a good virtual machine for running older applications and possibly some games

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