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SoftWindows 98

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SoftWindows_98_Install.img_.sit (10.67 MB)
MD5: 29ecfd0813b37176845bb009ea309bbb
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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SoftWindowstm_98_Install_CD.sit (216.54 MB)
MD5: 3fc8803f53ae82f4e790be540c58cadd
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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WIN98DATA.toast_.sit (289.24 MB)
MD5: eb648c0f5edc949172d688a109d01e4f
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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softwindows_update509.sea_.hqx (1.54 MB)
MD5: 415f410edd9c59d5f92e70c3718bd585
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (205.37 KB)
MD5: ee8c5627c47f66d789cd7c1ce5a97748
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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Guides on emulating older applications

SoftWindows 98 emulates a Pentium MMX PC, allowing you to run Windows applications and games alongside your existing Macintosh applications.

It will perform all the tasks you would expect from a PC. The faster your Macintosh, the faster the performance of SoftWindows 98. SoftWindows 98 has Windows 98 pre-installed, so you can immediately run Windows applications on your Macintosh.

Top download contains a compressed StuffIt archive containing a Disk Copy 6.1.2 ".img" file of SoftWindows 98 5.0.4 installer. Not a full installer, you have to use Custom Install and select everything but the Windows 98 Data Files & Master Hard Disk to get it installed (unless you also DL & use the 3rd WIN98DATA DL above).
MD5 checksum & filename: 29ECFD0813B37176845BB009EA309BBB *SoftWindows 98 Install.img.sit

2nd download is the full SoftWindows 98 install CD, toast image, compressed in StuffIt 5.x format (installs SoftWindows 98, version 5.0.4).
MD5 checksum & filename: 3fc8803f53ae82f4e790be540c58cadd *SoftWindowstm_98_Install_CD.sit

3rd download is for the Windows 98 data disk, this CD image is required for full installation. Once again, a toast image in StuffIt 5.x format.
MD5 checksum & filename: eb648c0f5edc949172d688a109d01e4f *WIN98DATA.toast_.sit

4th download, the official update patch to version 5.0.9, necessary to run SoftWindows 98 on Mac OS 9.x (1.54 MB)
MD5 checksum & filename: 415f410edd9c59d5f92e70c3718bd585 *softwindows_update509.sea_.hqx

See also: SoftWindows 1.0, SoftWindows 2.0, SoftWindows 3.0, SoftWindows 95

Architecture: PPC

Any Power Macintosh, including G3, PowerBook and iMac.
System System 7.1.2 or later.
32 MB RAM recommended (give 80+ MB if you can spare it).
Hard disk space 300 MB
Any Macintosh compatible CD-ROM drive.
[Important]: OS 9 compatibility only with the 5.0.9 update.


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by silverX95 - 2016, March 13 - 2:58am

the SoftWindows Upgrade Disk file for the 509 update has a space at the end that should not be there if you remove that space the update will work like it should cause in the read-me it say you have to replace the SoftWindows Upgrade Disk

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by collector2661 - 2015, December 2 - 6:48am

I added the Windows 98/ME freeware kernel extender to the downloads. This is an excellent addition for any Win98/Millennium install even in an emulator. This extends the usefulness of Win98/ME by allowing it to run newer WinXP software such as Firefox 10 etc. if you have enough memory and processing power in your emulator/machine. Once installed there is a file and a Wiki link in the Start menu to show you what works and what doesn't work.

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, June 14 - 11:25am

Seems to be problematical with some people. Maybe a hardware issue, I don't know. I was able to install & run it OK but only by using DL's 2 & 3 + the updater. DL 3 had to be written to CD, there didn't seem to be a way around that. The screenshots above are mine.

Some have suggested SoftWindows 95 as an easier more forgiving install option.

I prefer to use Virtual PC rather than SoftWindows (for stability and ease of operation). I think VPC 4 is suitable for the Mac you have, tho I think the copies here at the MG are upgrades, requiring installs of earlier versions (also here).

[Edit]: The 3rd DL on the VPC 4 page appears to be the full install (includes Win 2k).

Note: If you really need to run SoftWindows98 for some reason, I suggest re-installing DL's 2 & 3 and then applying the patch file before attempting to run SWs98 for the 1st time under OS 9.x

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by Kirtide - 2015, June 14 - 4:20am

I did, but now it's saying that the upgrade disk is incompatible with the current version. I even tried copying the one from the update folder and the one from the .toast image but nothing works.

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, June 13 - 11:34am

You've applied the 5.0.9 patch? 4th DL above.

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by Kirtide - 2015, June 13 - 10:31am

I'm getting a problem where the windows 98 boot screen just freezes after the initial setup in Mac OS 9.2.2. There doesn't seem to be any hard drive activity going on too... Any suggestions?

EDIT: Plus I'm also trying to run this on a 1999 iBook G3 333mhz.

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by bw-photo - 2015, May 31 - 7:16am

thank you very much!

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by ozzy2004 - 2015, May 31 - 5:58am

softwin98 serial : QK26P-FF74B-XBRH2-C47DQ-PJ4R8

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by bw-photo - 2015, May 31 - 5:41am

I'm having trouble getting SoftWindows 98 completely running. Once Windows 98 starts, it asks for a serial number. Is this intended to come with the installer or do I need to acquire this myself? I'm wondering if I missed a step when installing. thanks

PowerMac G4 MDD, OS 9.2.2

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, July 24 - 4:14am

Not so good then, sorry to hear that. I suggest that you check your original DL's MD5 checksum, which should return:
3fc8803f53ae82f4e790be540c58cadd *SoftWindowstm_98_Install_CD.sit

I agree about what you say for SoftWin 95 tho' it was a lot easier to install in comparison (only one install CD helps).

You can install SW98 from a mounted image instead of the CD, if you opt out of installing a hard drive (so it won't ask for the 2nd CD). Then use the installed hard C drive from SoftWin95, this you can "upgrade" to Windows 98 using the WinDATA98 CD.

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by torvan - 2014, July 24 - 2:07am

I appreciate your help very much, but unfortunately it still doesn't want to install.

After launching the installer, I get the initial install screens, then it throws up a "This is not the correct Softwindows 98 Install Disk." and kicks out the CD. I push it back in and I just keep getting the same loop back telling me it is not the correct install disk.

What is funny about it is SoftWindows 95 installed and runs just fine-just finished Solitare as a test of it.

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, July 22 - 7:31am

I could not get it installed under OS 9.2.2 [...] I give up.

If you change your mind, try these steps as a workaround... For Mac OS 9.2.2

Mount disk image 1, "SoftWindow98™ Install.toast" onto your desktop, either using Toast Titanium 5.x, or the Virtual DVD/CD Utility (available here at the garden).

In Toast, choose the option "Mac OS CD" from under the "Data" tab. Drag the mounted CD icon, "SoftWindow98™ Install" into Toast's window. The CD image and its contents fill the Toast window. Next burn the CD & eject. Check to see if CD mounts OK.

Do not mount the 2nd disk image "WIN98DATA.toast". Instead launch Toast and choose "Disk Image" from under Toast's "Other" tab. Drag the 2nd disk image file into Toast's window, Toast recognizes this image as being an ISO 9660 disc. Burn the 2nd image to CD.

Quit Toast and load CD 1 "SoftWindow98™ Install" and run the installer from the CD.

The install should proceed OK at this point, at least this is what worked for me (G4 eMac, Mac OS 9.2.2). Once installed, run the update so it can run under OS 9.x OK.

A couple of issues to watch for:
Booting Windows 98 for the 1st time it will want a Windows activation key. This is not supplied, you'll need to find one. Preferably before you boot into Win 98 for the 1st time.
During the 1st boot, Win 98 will want to set up a printer. If you go ahead, it will ask for the Windows 98 CD so it can find a driver. So if you choose to install a printer at this point you will need the Win98DATA disk at hand, also.

Otherwise it all installs very easily, or at least it has done for me. Give SoftWin 98 at least 100 MB RAM and set the video to 4 MB. It runs smoothly at full screen rez (1152 x 864 for the eMac) in millions of colors this way.

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by torvan - 2014, July 21 - 11:59pm

I could not get it installed under OS 9.2.2 (actually booted-not emulated). I grabbed downlaods 2, 3, and 4. Mounted them in Toast, made the CDs. The installer starts, createds the hard disk, then crashes saying the CD was invalid.

So I tried again, then got a message saying it could not install, but did not say why.

I rebooted to Base Extensions and got the second message again.

Tried to just use the Toast files and install from the hard drive, but again it quit and didn't say anything other than there was an unknown error.

I give up.

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, July 12 - 1:14am

@eastone: Just perfect! Thank you.

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by eastone - 2014, July 11 - 4:32pm

I uploaded 5.0.9 update Smile

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, July 9 - 5:39am

Excellent to have the complete CD install images, thank you macjames.

I've hit another brick wall with this tho'. My classic capable hardware (a G3 & G4) are running Mac OS 9.1 & 9.2.2 respectively. It appears that we need to patch whats here to version 5.0.9, for Mac OS 9 compatibility. As it is, I cannot get beyond the Win 98 splash screen before it fails.

All links I've found for the patch are dead. The Internet Archive has the original FWB page archived, with the DL links for the patch as a ".hqx" file, but its broken. It DL's about 1MB of the 1.6MB patch, then halts.

So if anyone has the 5.0.9 patch stored away, please upload it to this page.

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by Fortuna Wave - 2014, June 21 - 7:06am

Could you put some screenshots please?
Offtopic: eBay have listed the SoftWindows 98 package.

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by Fortuna Wave - 2014, June 6 - 5:24am

Have you make it worked?
P.S.: I have found some SoftWindows 98 listings in eBay.

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, June 4 - 8:41am

Fortuna, thanks. That's actually what I had to do to get this up and running. Its not an ideal solution but yes it works.

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by Fortuna Wave - 2014, June 4 - 8:30am

Mike, SoftWindows 98 can also read SoftWindows 95 hard disk files as stated in the user's guide. Just use the SoftWindows 95 hard disk, mount the Windows 98 Upgrade CD and upgrade to Windows 98. See the user's guide page 21 for more info.

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, June 4 - 7:08am

Have tried this out since last post. Its very incomplete. Not only do you have to do a custom install to avoid errors and demands for the missing Installer CD. Despite it lacking a Windows 98 Master Hard Disk, it cannot even create an empty bootable "C Drive" without the missing Installer CD. In can create a non-bootable "D Drive", but without a bootable "C Drive" file, it makes it even more difficult to install an OS onto it.

A full Installer CD image upload is required.

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, June 3 - 6:57am

@FW: Can't you just use any Windows 98 install CD with this? Easy to find one of these (WinWorldPC). I haven't tried, maybe I should.

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by Fortuna Wave - 2014, June 3 - 6:26am

I believe that SoftWindows 98 were came in CD, which includes an installer and Windows 98 master hard disk file. The download link above is an installer, however it refuses to install which shows a dialog box asking the SoftWindows 98 Install CD. The full CD image can be downloaded at Pandora Wired Server, however I can't access them.

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by eastone - 2014, May 31 - 1:40pm

How to install this?