How to Install Windows Me (Millennium Edition) on VMware Fusion in macOS/Mac

In this article, we will examine how to set up Windows Me (Millennium Edition) on a new virtual machine using VMware Fusion 12 Pro in macOS operating system on an Apple Mac computer.

How to Install Windows Me (Millennium Edition) on VMware Fusion in macOS/Mac

How to Run Windows Me (Millennium) on Mac/macOS using VMware Fusion 12

If you want to experience the Windows Me (Millennium Edition) operating system, which Microsoft released on September 14, 2000, and ended its extended support on July 11, 2006, on your personal computer, you can use one of the virtual machines programs.

If you intend to run the Millennium version of Windows, an old operating system, on an Apple Mac computer, you can use the Fusion virtualization program developed by VMware.

It is difficult to install and run such old operating systems on desktop or laptop computers with current and new technologies used today. Therefore, you can try old systems by using a virtualization program such as VMware Fusion on a computer with the virtualization feature.

How to Create a New Virtual Machine for Windows Me

After installing the Fusion software on your Mac, you can create a new virtual machine and run Windows, Linux, or macOS on your host computer virtually.

You can quickly create a virtual machine by dragging and dropping the ISO file of the operating system into the Fusion software, but we recommend that you continue with a special VM option to configure the settings of the system you will install more accurately.

   Step 1

After running the Fusion 12 Pro software on your macOS system, select Create a custom virtual machine in the installation options window, and then click the Continue button.

Choosing an Installation Method

   Step 2

Since you will create a Windows virtual computer in the Guest operating system selection window, select Microsoft Windows / Windows Me and click Continue again.

Choosing a Guest Operating System

   Step 3

If you have installed Windows Me before, you can make your virtual computer ready by adding the disk of the virtual machine again from this window. Since you will be installing Windows from scratch, continue with the Create a new virtual disk option in the virtual disk window.

Creating a Virtual Disk

   Step 4

In the window showing the summary information of your virtual computer, first, click on Customize Settings, and then if you want to change the location where the virtual machine will be installed by default in the Fusion program, you can change it from the Where section. Otherwise, click Save to accept the default location.

Configuring the Installation Location

   Step 5

When the settings of the Windows Me virtual machine are opened, click on the Processors & Memory hardware and configure the memory size of your virtual system as 512 MB.

Increasing Virtual Memory Size

   Step 6

Select Ethernet in the network adapter settings to add your virtual computer as an external computer to the local network your Mac is connected to and obtain an IP address from the same DHCP server.

Selecting the Ethernet Adapter

   Step 7

If you leave the disk size of your Windows Me system too high, you will get an error during the system setup. Therefore, open the settings of the Hard Disk device and enter the value in Disk Size as 3 GB and click the Apply button.

Configuring the Size of the Virtual Disk

   Step 8

After opening the CD/DVD device settings, click Choose a disc or disc image from the drop-down list to add a Windows Me ISO file to the virtual machine.

Adding Windows Me Millennium ISO File to Virtual Machine

   Step 9

Select the Windows Millennium Edition ISO file you downloaded to your computer from the table below the article and click Open.

Choosing the Windows Me Millennium ISO File

   Step 10

To increase the system performance of the virtual operating system, configure the Troubleshooting feature as None in the advanced settings and disable the Side Channel Mitigations feature.

Disable Side Channel Mitigations

   Step 11

After making the necessary settings, run your virtual machine and start the Windows installation.

Running the Virtual Machine

How to Install Windows Me (Millennium)

When your system boots with the ISO file you added after running your virtual computer, you can now continue as if you were installing Windows Me on a real computer.

   Step 1

Press Enter on the Boot from CD-ROM option to start the installation on the Microsoft Windows ME CD-ROM Startup Menu screen.

Boot from CD-ROM

   Step 2

After choosing to boot from CD-ROM, press Enter in the Start Windows Setup from the CD-ROM option on the screen that opens.

Start Windows Setup from CD-ROM

   Step 3

When the Microsoft Windows Me installation wizard opens, press Enter to start the installation. You can press F1 if you want to learn more about the installation, or press F3 if you want to exit the installation.

Microsoft Windows Me Setup

   Step 4

Press Enter on the recommended option as you need to prepare the unallocated disk space for installation.

Configure unallocated disk space

   Step 5

Enable large disk usage as your virtual disk has a disk size larger than 512 MB.

Enabling Larger Disk Support

   Step 6

After enabling large disk usage, start the installation again from CD-ROM as your virtual computer will restart.

Restarting the Virtual Computer

   Step 7

When you start the installation again, your virtual disk will start to be formatted automatically.

Formatting Hard Disk

   Step 8

After your virtual disk is formatted, press Enter for the setup wizard to perform a routine check on your system.

Preparing Windows Installation

   Step 9

When your virtual system restarts, you will see the Windows Me Setup screen this time. At this stage, you will be able to choose which directory the system files will be copied to and provide information about your system.

Gathering Information About Virtual Computer

   Step 10

Select the default C:\WINDOWS directory where you will install Windows and click Next.

Installing to C:\WINDOWS Directory

   Step 11

Select the commonly used Typical option in the Windows Me installation options and click Next.

Choosing the Windows Me Installation Type

   Step 12

In the Windows components window, check the Install most common components option and continue.

Installing Windows Components

   Step 13

Type a different computer name from other computers on your network and continue.

Typing a Computer Name

   Step 14

In the country and region settings, select the country you live in and click Next.

Country and Region Selection

   Step 15

Configure your system clock according to the time zone of the country you live in.

Time Zone Selection

   Step 16

After providing the necessary information, click Finish to start the installation of the guest operating system.

Starting Copying System Files

   Step 17

Wait while Windows Me system files are copied.

Copying System Files

   Step 18

After the system files are copied, your guest system will reboot.

Microsoft Windows Me Millennium Edition

   Step 19

Wait while the setup wizard updates the configuration files.

Updating Configuration Files

   Step 20

Wait while Setup detects your virtual computer’s hardware to configure your system’s final settings.

Hardware Detection

   Step 21

After the hardware scan is complete, type your name or company name and click Next.

Typing User or Company Name

   Step 22

Accept the license agreement of your Windows Me virtual system and continue.

Accepting the Windows Millennium License Agreement

   Step 23

Enter the Windows Me product key and continue.

Typing the Windows Millennium Product Key

   Step 24

After completing the required information, close the setup wizard.

Starting the Virtual System

   Step 25

Wait while Windows adjusts the control panel, start menu programs, help tool, and system configuration.

Configuring System Settings

   Step 26

When your virtual PC restarts, type your network username and click OK.

Username Login for Microsoft Network

   Step 27

The first desktop view of your Windows Millennium operating system when you log in will be as follows.

Windows Me Desktop Display

How to Install VMware Tools

After installing Windows Me (Millennium Edition) with VMware Fusion on macOS, you need to install VMware Tools in order to use your virtual computer more efficiently and effectively.

After installing VMware Tools, you can use your virtual machine in full-screen mode and transfer files with your host computer.

   Step 1

To install VMware Tools on your Windows Me virtual system, click Virtual Machine / Install VMware Tools from the tool menu.

VMware Tools Installation

   Step 2

When the VMware Tools installation wizard opens, click Next to continue.

Starting the VMware Tools Wizard

   Step 3

If you are going to use your virtual computer with other products developed by VMware, select Complete in the installation type options and click Next.

Choosing the Installation Type

   Step 4

Click Install to start the installation of virtual machine tools.

Starting VMware Tools Installation

   Step 5

Wait while the drivers for your guest operating system are installed.

Installing Virtual Hardware Drivers

   Step 6

After installing VMware Tools, restart your virtual computer.

Rebooting the Guest Machine

   Step 7

You can transfer files when you drag and drop a file or folder from your Mac to your virtual computer.

Drag and Drop File Transfer Between Mac and VM

   Step 8

You can also click View / Full Screen from the tool menu to fit your virtual system into full-screen mode.

Checking the Full Screen Resolution of the Guest OS

How to Test and Configure Internet Connection

You need to configure and check the Internet connection settings of a guest operating system you have installed on your Mac.

   Step 1

Open MS-DOS Prompt on your Windows Me guest machine and test your Internet connection by pinging Google servers by executing the ping 8.8.8.8 command.

Ping Google Servers with MS-DOS Prompt

   Step 2

If the ping is successful, double-click Internet Explorer from the desktop location and click Next in the MSN Internet Access window that opens.

MSN Internet Access

   Step 3

Click Cancel when the new modem add wizard opens.

Canceling Adding a New Modem

   Step 4

Click on Lan/Manual to manually configure your network settings in the MSN wizard.

LAN/Manual

   Step 5

To connect your virtual system to the Internet, tick the option Connect using LAN (Local Area Network) and click Next.

Connect to the Internet using LAN

   Step 6

Enable auto-discovery of the proxy server and continue.

Enabling Proxy Server Auto-Discovery

   Step 7

If you plan to use an Internet mail account in your virtual system, you can continue with Yes. If you are not going to use an e-mail account, select the No option and click Next.

Bypassing Adding an Internet Mail Account

   Step 8

After completing the Internet connection wizard, click Finish and close the window.

Closing the Internet Connection Wizard

   Step 9

Open Internet Explorer again and try to visit the Google homepage.

Visiting the Google Homepage using Internet Explorer

How to Install Drivers

Some drivers of older Windows operating systems that you installed with the Fusion software may not be installed automatically. Therefore, you can automatically install drivers for some devices by changing the hardware version of the guest system.

   Step 1

After right-clicking on My Computer, open System Properties and check the drivers that are not installed on your system in the Device Manager tab.

Viewing Uninstalled Drivers

   Step 2

To be able to change the hardware version, you must shut down your virtual computer. After shutting down your system, open its settings and then click Compatibility.

Opening Compatibility Settings of a Windows Virtual Machine

   Step 3

After clicking the advanced options in the compatibility settings, set the hardware version to 6 in the Use Hardware Version section, and then click Apply.

Changing the Hardware Version

   Step 4

When you power up your virtual machine again, click Don’t Upgrade in the window that prompts Fusion to automatically upgrade your hardware version.

Canceling Updating the Guest Machine

   Step 5

While your virtual system is booting, the drivers for the hardware will be installed, but if some drivers cannot be installed automatically, you need to download their drivers and install them manually.

Checking Drivers

How to Install USB 2.0 Drivers

In order to use the USB 2.0 feature of the Windows Me operating system, you need to install the drivers manually. You can easily install the USB 2.0 drivers from the table at the bottom of the article after downloading them to your computer.

   Step 1

While your Windows Millennium virtual machine is running, click Virtual Machine / CD/DVD / Choose Disc or Disc Image from the tool menu.

USB 2.0 Driver Installation

   Step 2

Select the Windows Me USB 2.0 Driver ISO file you downloaded to your computer and click Open.

Adding Windows Me USB 2.0 Driver ISO File to VM

   Step 3

After double-clicking the PCI Universal Serial Bus device from Device Manager, click the Reinstall Driver button in the window that opens.

PCI Universal Serial Bus Driver Installation

   Step 4

When the driver update wizard opens, check the Specify the location of the driver option and continue.

Specifying Driver Location

   Step 5

Check the Specify a location option again and click Browse to show the location of the driver. Specify the location of the ISO file containing the USB 2.0 drivers and click OK.

Choosing the ISO File for the Driver Location

   Step 6

After specifying the location of the USB driver, click Next and complete the installation.

Standard PCI to USB Enhanced Host Controller

   Step 7

Click Finish after installing the USB Enhanced Host Controller driver.

Windows Successfully Installed Driver Software of Hardware Device

   Step 8

You can see that the process has been successful when you check the USB drivers from Device Manager.

USB Drivers Installed Successfully

How to Use USB Flash Memory

After installing the USB 2.0 drivers on your Windows Me guest machine, you can now connect a USB flash memory or storage device to your system.

   Step 1

When you insert a flash drive into your Mac’s USB port, connect your device to your Mac first.

Connecting USB Flash Drive to Mac

   Step 2

Open Disk Utility and change the file format of the flash disk to MS-DOS (FAT).

Converting Flash Memory File Format to MS-DOS (FAT)

   Step 3

To check your USB disk on the guest machine, create a folder named Backup in it.

Creating a New Folder Called Backup on Flash Disk

   Step 4

Remove your USB flash drive from your Mac and when you plug it back in, connect it to your Windows machine this time and check its contents.

Viewing the Contents of the USB Disk on the Guest Machine

How to Increase the RAM Size of Windows Me System to 1 GB

While preparing your Windows Me virtual computer, we have configured the memory size as 512 MB. If we set the RAM size to 1 GB, we would encounter errors during system setup.

   Step 1

First of all, open the system properties of your guest machine and check the available RAM size in your system.

Viewing System Properties

   Step 2

After clicking My Computer, view the WINDOWS folder and open the SYSTEM file.

Opening the SYSTEM.INI File

   Step 3

Add MaxPhysPage=7C6FF under [386Enh] in SYSTEM.INI and save the file.

MaxPhysPage=7C6FF

   Step 4

Turn off your virtual PC and increase the RAM size from 512 MB to 1 GB.

Increasing the RAM Size of the Guest System

   Step 5

When you open your Windows Millennium system, you can see that the memory size is 1 GB this time.

Checking the RAM Size of the Virtual System

   Video

Windows Me ISO and USB Driver

Windows Me ISO
Windows Me USB 2.0 Driver

 

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