If you try to install Windows 98 using more than 512 Mb memory the install operation will not be possible: you simply get a "Lack of memory" message (ŋ?) and that's all.
Nevertheless Windows 98 can be installed successfully by making the computer believe that your memory is below that limit, and the purpose of this tutorial is to explain how to do it.
A) INSTALL PROCEDURE.-
- Get a DOS boot floppy and verify previously that the file "edit.com" is included into it.
- Configure BIOS if needed, in order to set the floppy drive as first boot device (Ctrl+Supr at boot).
- Insert the floppy and boot the computer.
- If you want to install Windows at the C: drive, create previously the "Windows" folder and the file "system.ini" into it, by typing in the DOS command line:
- When the edit screen is open, copy exactly into it the following lines:
- Save "system.ini" and close the program.
- Keep inserted the floppy and start normally the install operation.
- The floppy must be inserted until reboot. Don't withdraw it when you are required for that by the install program. Let the computer reboot using it.
- After reboot you will find again the DOS command line. You must write into it:
- When the edit screen is open you will see that the lines you wrote before have been modified. You must restore them copying again the given values, that is:
- Save system.ini, close the program, withdraw the floppy and reboot. The install process will go on.
- Insert again the DOS floppy before the next reboot, and leave the computer reboot using the floppy.
- One more time, replace again the new values given by the install process, writing in its places MaxPhysPage=30000 and MaxFileCache=393216.
- Withdraw the floppy and leave the install process go on normally up to the end.
- At first you don't have any problems with the video driver because the install is done in 16-color VGA. You must install the video drivers of your video card to obtain the normal color and definition values.
B ) HOW TO SOLVE SOME FREQUENT PROBLEMS.
- Maybe you don't find the needed video driver to substitute VGA. You can download a generic one, very simple and easy to install covering most resolutions, from here:
- The name of the universal drivers are VBE.VXD and VBEMP.DRV. Mind that they are only meant for pure Windows. If you need to use DOS you must first close Windows using the Start in DOS mode option.
- You can find other drivers for large HD, NTFS and other purposes in the posts provided by other members in the previous section of this forum.
C) HELPFUL HINTS:
- Even if you don't find all needed drivers for Windows 98 and you decide to install XP, it pays keeping both because that duplicity gives you a lot of freedom and makes you feel secure. You can find a tutorial about it here:
- As said there's a generic video driver which covers most resolutions. That's sufficient if you install Windows 98 only for maintenance and repair of XP. If you don't install any other device you will notice a complete security and an unexpected speed.
This is the way I did it. After this first post and all along this thread other members have described excellent alternatives and ideas that I didn't know, in special the way to create a self-installing Windows 98. Go on and read it in their own and well documented words.
Please post in this thread any new idea about how to do it better.
This post has been edited by cannie: 10 January 2010 - 06:05 AM