Win/ 9x programs and XP compatibility

By truffles ยท 7 replies
Mar 20, 2002
  1. Programs ~~> 9x ~~>> what to do, capatibility ?!!?!?

    Hello Hello =),

    I was wondering what would be the best solution towards running 9x programs that do not run in XP. All the software are stopped being develped and have no further patches. I tried using the XP compatibility mode . . . it failed this time.

    now my problem is . . . i want some programs to run, easy ways ? . . . i heard i can:

    use VMWARE ?
    use Virtual PC?
    setup a dual boot?

    i don't mind sacrificing anything . . . and keep windows xp . . . but i want some how to install win98 to run the 9x based programs

    which method does everyone suggest ?

    and again . . . i am willing to spend the money to buy the software . . . =)

    TRUFFLES :grinthumb
  2. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Posts: 672

    If you're planning to run pure apps and don't mind the speed, I would recommend VMWare. But if you're planning to run games, dual booting would be the best way to go.

    BTW, what kinda programs are you planning to run?
  3. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

    Dual Boot guarantees compatibility and speed, but at the expense of hard drive space. :)

    Oh yeah and a reinstall:) AFAIK Win9x had to be installed first - I could not find any way of grafting a Win9x install onto XP after I had installed it. Even modifying Boot.ini, I could not get it to see Win9x and ended up messing it up biggy style:)
  4. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Posts: 672

    Well, installing VMWare would still require some amount of space ;)

    Not really. When installing Win9x AFTER WinNT/2k, just type:

    setup /ntldr

    and that'll let the setup proggie to leave the NT Loader alone. If I remember correctly, it'll also create an entry in the boot.ini file.
  5. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

    If only I knew that before I reinstalled everything:)
  6. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Yip, I've found that dual booting is the only real, true way to retain win9x compatibility....
  7. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Posts: 672

    It's not too late now ;) I'm sure there'll be a time when you'll have to reinstall Win9x :D
  8. SuperCheetah

    SuperCheetah TS Rookie Posts: 709

    It is like the earlier posts say, it depends on whether you will be using the second OS for gaming or simply to run applications on. 98SE is definitely still the best for gaming, but if you want to run programs then simply get an emulator to make the programs compatible with XP like the ones you suggested.
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