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    Formating ME or 95 on VirtualBox.org

    How do you format / install ME or 95 in a Oracle / VirtualBox.org
    I did years ago and forgot how to do this???

    Dave

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    The easiest way is to mount an ISO of Windows as a CD and let it boot, then follow your nose.
    If you only have a CD/DVD you can mount the physical device in the virtual machine, but I reckon it's easier to create an ISO from the CD and mount that.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    The easiest way is to mount an ISO of Windows as a CD and let it boot, then follow your nose.
    If you only have a CD/DVD you can mount the physical device in the virtual machine, but I reckon it's easier to create an ISO from the CD and mount that.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    The easiest way is to mount an ISO of Windows as a CD and let it boot, then follow your nose.
    If you only have a CD/DVD you can mount the physical device in the virtual machine, but I reckon it's easier to create an ISO from the CD and mount that.

    cheers, Paul
    I gather the OP has a need to do this.

    I believe that install CDs for Win95, 98, and ME were not bootable. You had to use a boot floppy which contained a driver for the CDROM and then put the install CD in the drive and type "setup".

    The following site has boot image files for Win 95, 98, and ME
    http://www.allbootdisks.com/download/iso.html

    Download the one you want, burn it to a CD, put it in the optical drive and select that drive in the Virtual Box start screen. Then, run FDISK and FORMAT on the virtual drive, reboot it and put the Win 95, 98, or ME CD in the optical drive and run setup.

    I have used this technique to create DOS and FreeDOS virtual drives.

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    I have not install Win 95 for 20 years
    Wish me luck

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    First windows 95 bootcd boots into a virtual diskette that is on the cd that is why its a:
    Second to get any further you had to have cd-drivers on that diskette which I don't think windows95 included.
    But try to see if you can reach the cd by doing
    c:
    d:
    e:
    Or read the last lines of text on the screen after booting it might be something that tells a drive letter for the cd.

    And sata or ide in the physical systems doesn't matter. In virtualbox you select how it should look to the guest and as w95 didn't have any sata driver that is ruled out. So try with the lowest numbered ide type.

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    Do you know where the display drive can be found it only has 16 colors

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    The display driver/s may no longer be available due to its age.

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    Thank you for help
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    Quote Originally Posted by smithdoor View Post
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    Do you know where the display drive can be found it only has 16 colors
    Dave, did you see this thread on the VirtualBox forums? I just did a trial run, installing Win95 in a VM and successfully got it running at 1024x768 with 24-bit color.

    Scroll down to section 3.1 and follow the link to "bearwindows driver". On the bearwindows page, click the link to "Universal VESA/VBE Video Display Driver for Windows 9x-family operating systems", then scroll down to the links to download drivers. I chose the 2014.02.14 version, and it downloaded a file named "140214.zip".

    To install the driver, extract the contents of the zipfile to a location accessible to your Win95 VM, then launch your VM. In Display Properties, click the Settings tab, then "Change Display Type". In the Display Type window, change your "Adapter Type" by clicking [Change] and navigating to the location to which you extracted the bearwindows drivers, and selecting one (I chose the 032MB driver). Change your "Monitor Type" to something like "Super VGA 1024x768". You should then be able to change your Display settings and after a reboot your new settings should work.
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