Installing Windows98 from FreeDOS


Every so often, someone will ask about using FreeDOS to install Windows95 or Windows98. So we should have a technote on that. Bernd provides this advice:

(NoMachine checking , IgnoreScandisk)

Later on the Windows install program might or might not tolerate the FreeDOS kernel, shell and programs. If installing win98, try a clean (f5, no drivers) FreeDOS bootup. No XMS driver will have been loaded then but win98 has the good old 'xmsmmgr.exe' commandline XMS driver which can install itself at runtime.