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Old 04-05-2004, 01:00 PM   #1
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Installing Windows 98 using WINE to an ext3 partition

Is it possible to do a fresh install of Windows 98 using WINE or WINEX to a fake filesystem hosted on the /home (ext3) partition?

Old 04-05-2004, 01:12 PM   #2
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Short answer - you can't.

WINE is designed to use the dlls etc from Windows 98 to run programs. You will need an emulator - such as VMWare, or possibly Bochs.
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Cheaper alternative to VMware is Win4Lin in which you can find out more here:
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Okay, I'll try Win4Lin trial to install Win 98 to ext3 then use Wine... maybe. Before reading this post I attempted Win95 install (no luck) with a mind to run Win 98 upgrade (ditto). As I have some old 3.11 disks lying around would this process not work, using the 3.11 dlls to install the later versions or is it the lack of low level hardware calls holding this back? (IIRC Win95/98 crashed out with dll power management issues).
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I'm curious as to why you would want to install the entire Win98 OS (as opposed to individual Windows apps) via wine or winex. If you need and/or want to keep using Windows 98 in order to run certain apps or whatever, why not just dual-boot between Linux and Windows? Surely that would be a cleaner and easier approach, yes? -- J.W.
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I want to use Linux 100% as its on a 12 gig hard disk laptop and want compatibility with a couple of Windows games and a few apps. Its not worth the hassle putting it on a new partition as I'm primarily using it for development and need the stability of a reliable OS on a laptop that usually can only only run Windows 98 or ME. Hope that helps clear things up
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Wine is not built to run Windows itself, it's meant to run Windows apps. Just try running the programs directly.


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