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Running Windows 98 with USB Support on Vmware Player


How to Run Windows 98 on Vmware Player with PCI Universal Serial Bus




If you are nostalgic about the old days of computing, or you need to run some legacy software that only works on Windows 98, you might want to try running it on a virtual machine. A virtual machine is a software that emulates a physical computer, allowing you to run different operating systems and applications without affecting your main system.




Vmware Player Windows 98 Pci Universal Serial Bus



One of the most popular and easy-to-use virtualization software is Vmware Player. Vmware Player is a free program that lets you create and run virtual machines on your PC. You can use it to run various versions of Windows, Linux, and other operating systems.


In this article, we will show you how to install and run Windows 98 on Vmware Player. Windows 98 is one of the most iconic operating systems from Microsoft, released in 1998. It introduced many features that are still used today, such as the Start menu, the taskbar, and the desktop. It also supported many hardware devices and software applications that were popular at that time.


However, running Windows 98 on Vmware Player is not without challenges. One of the most common issues that users face is the PCI Universal Serial Bus problem. This is when Windows 98 does not recognize the USB controller of the virtual machine, resulting in a yellow exclamation mark in the device manager. This can prevent you from using USB devices or accessing the internet from Windows 98.


Fortunately, there is a way to fix this issue and make Windows 98 run smoothly on Vmware Player. In this article, we will guide you through the steps of installing Windows 98 on Vmware Player and fixing the PCI Universal Serial Bus issue. We will also provide some tips and benefits of running Windows 98 on Vmware Player.


How to install Windows 98 on Vmware Player




To install Windows 98 on Vmware Player, you will need the following:


  • A PC with a compatible processor, memory, disk space, and graphics card.



The latest version of Here are the steps to install Windows 98 on Vmware Player:


Step 1: Download and install Vmware Player




You can download Vmware Player for free from the official website . Choose the version that matches your host system (Windows or Linux) and follow the instructions to install it. You will need to create a free account and register the product to use it.


Step 2: Create a new virtual machine for Windows 98




After installing Vmware Player, launch it and click on "Create a New Virtual Machine". You will see a wizard that will guide you through the process. Choose "I will install the operating system later" and click "Next". Then, select "Microsoft Windows" as the guest operating system and "Windows 98" as the version. Click "Next" and give a name and location for your virtual machine. Click "Next" and specify the disk size and type for your virtual machine. The default settings should be fine, but you can adjust them according to your needs. Click "Next" and review the summary of your virtual machine. Click "Finish" to create it.


Step 3: Install Windows 98 from an ISO or CD-ROM




Before you start your virtual machine, you will need to have a Windows 98 installation media, either an ISO file or a CD-ROM. You can download an ISO file from various sources online, such as , but make sure they are legal and safe. Alternatively, you can use an original Windows 98 CD-ROM if you have one.


To use an ISO file, go to the settings of your virtual machine and click on "CD/DVD (IDE)". Choose "Use ISO image file" and browse to the location of your ISO file. Click "OK" to save the changes.


To use a CD-ROM, go to the settings of your virtual machine and click on "CD/DVD (IDE)". Choose "Use physical drive" and select the drive letter of your CD-ROM. Click "OK" to save the changes.


Now, you can start your virtual machine and follow the instructions on the screen to install Windows 98. You will need to enter a product key, which you can find on the label of your CD-ROM or online. You will also need to choose some options such as the regional settings, the components to install, and the network configuration. After the installation is complete, you will need to restart your virtual machine.


How to fix the PCI Universal Serial Bus issue on Windows 98 on Vmware Player




After installing Windows 98 on Vmware Player, you might notice that there is a yellow exclamation mark next to the PCI Universal Serial Bus device in the device manager. This means that Windows 98 does not recognize the USB controller of the virtual machine, which can cause problems with USB devices or internet access. To fix this issue, you will need to do the following:


Step 1: Disable USB 2.0 support in the VM settings




The first thing you need to do is disable USB 2.0 support in the settings of your virtual machine. This is because Windows 98 does not support USB 2.0 natively, and it can cause conflicts with the USB driver. To do this, go to the settings of your virtual machine and click on "USB Controller". Uncheck the box that says "Show all USB input devices" and change the USB compatibility mode from "USB 2.0" to "USB 1.1". Click "OK" to save the changes.


Step 2: Install the USB driver for Windows 98




The next thing you need to do is install a USB driver for Windows 98 that can work with Vmware Player. There are several options available online, such as , but we recommend using the one from as it is simple and effective. To install it, download it from and copy it to a floppy disk or a flash drive. Then, insert it into your virtual machine and run the setup.exe file. Follow the instructions on the screen to install it. You will need to restart your virtual machine after the installation is complete.


Step 3: Restart Windows 98 and check the device manager




The final step is to restart Windows 98 and check if the PCI Universal Serial Bus issue is resolved. To do this, go to Start > Shut Down > Restart. After Windows 98 boots up, go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > System > Device Manager. You should see that the PCI Universal Serial Bus device is no longer marked with a yellow exclamation mark, and that there are new devices under the Universal Serial Bus controllers category. This means that the USB driver is working properly and that you can use USB devices on Windows 98 on Vmware Player.


Conclusion




In this article, we have shown you how to install and run Windows 98 on Vmware Player with PCI Universal Serial Bus. We have also explained how to fix the PCI Universal Serial Bus issue that can prevent you from using USB devices or accessing the internet from Windows 98 on Vmware Player. By following these steps, you should be able to enjoy the nostalgia and functionality of Windows 98 on a virtual machine.


Running Windows 98 on Vmware Player can have some benefits, such as:


  • You can run legacy software or games that only work on Windows 98.



  • You can test or debug applications or websites for compatibility with Windows 98.



  • You can learn about the history and evolution of Windows and computing.



  • You can have fun and experiment with different settings and features of Windows 98.



However, running Windows 98 on Vmware Player also has some limitations, such as:


  • You may encounter some errors or bugs that are inherent to Windows 98 or Vmware Player.



  • You may need to find and install drivers or patches for some hardware or software devices.



  • You may not be able to use some modern features or applications that are not supported by Windows 98.



  • You may compromise the security or performance of your host system or network if you are not careful.



Therefore, you should always backup your data and use antivirus software before running Windows 98 on Vmware Player. You should also avoid using Windows 98 for sensitive or critical tasks, and only use it for educational or recreational purposes.


FAQs




Q: Can I use other versions of Windows on Vmware Player?




A: Yes, Vmware Player supports various versions of Windows, Linux, and other operating systems. You can create multiple virtual machines with different operating systems and switch between them easily. However, you will need to have the installation media and the product keys for each operating system you want to use.


Q: Can I use other virtualization software to run Windows 98?




A: Yes, there are other options such as VirtualBox, Hyper-V, or QEMU that can run Windows 98 as well. However, each software has its own advantages and disadvantages, and you may need to follow different steps or procedures to install and run Windows 98 on them. You should do some research and comparison before choosing the best software for your needs.


Q: Can I connect USB devices to Windows 98 on Vmware Player?




A: Yes, you can connect USB devices such as flash drives, keyboards, mice, or printers to Windows 98 on Vmware Player, as long as you have the appropriate drivers installed. You can also enable or disable USB devices in the settings of your virtual machine. However, some USB devices may not work properly or at all with Windows 98, depending on their compatibility and functionality.


Q: Can I access the internet from Windows 98 on Vmware Player?




A: Yes, you can access the internet from Windows 98 on Vmware Player, as long as you have a network adapter configured in the VM settings and a compatible browser installed on Windows 98. You can also choose between different network modes in the VM settings, such as NAT, bridged, or host-only. However, some websites or online services may not work properly or at all with Windows 98, depending on their security and compatibility requirements.


Q: Can I transfer files between Windows 98 and the host system on Vmware Player?




A: Yes, you can transfer files between Windows 98 and the host system on Vmware Player, using either shared folders or drag-and-drop features. To use shared folders, you will need to enable them in the VM settings and install the Vmware Tools on Windows 98. To use drag-and-drop features, you will need to install the Vmware Tools on both systems. However, some file formats or attributes may not be recognized or preserved by Windows 98, depending on their compatibility and functionality. dcd2dc6462


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