How to Install Windows Me (Millennium) on VMware Workstation 17

In this article, we will examine how to set up and run Windows Me on a new virtual machine using VMware Workstation 17 Pro virtualization software on a Windows 10 64 Bit computer.

VMware Workstation 17 Üzerinde Windows Me/Millennium Kurulumu

How to Set Up Windows Me on Windows 10 using VMware Workstation 17 Pro

Microsoft first commercially released the Windows Millennium (Me) operating system in September 2000. However, due to the criticism of this system, it lasted almost a year and then replaced the Me with Windows XP on October 25, 2001.

This system was both an update for the Windows 98 kernel and an update for Windows 2000 with some key features.

Microsoft has removed the Boot in DOS feature used in Windows 95 and 98 operating systems in the Me system.

This operating system was designed specifically for home users, but before this version, Windows 2000 was designed and released for business users.

In the Windows Me version, Internet Explorer 5.5 and Windows Media Player 7 versions were released to make things easier for users to do in their daily lives. In addition, the system included Windows Movie Maker, which simplifies basic video editing tasks that are easy to use for home users.

Today, there are still users who want to use old systems. However, computers, which have become more performant thanks to developing technology, unfortunately, do not support old operating systems.

However, users who have computers with old hardware want to experience old operating systems. In this case, users don’t just need a computer with old hardware.

Users can install and use legacy operating systems that Windows no longer support by using virtualization software such as VMware Workstation on their physical/host computers.

How to Create a New Virtual Machine for Windows Millennium

You can install old operating systems on a virtual machine or virtual computer on your host computer without damaging your current system. When you delete the VM you created, it does not harm the system you use on your host, so using virtual machines is extremely useful.

Before installing the virtual computer, to download the Windows Me/Millennium ISO file for VMware to your computer, and then follow the steps below in order.

Step 1

For Windows Me old operating system, first, install VMware Pro on your computer and then open the program. After opening the virtualization program, click Create a New Virtual Machine on the homepage and start the wizard.

Then, select the Custom (Advanced) option and click the Next button to configure the virtual computer more professionally.

Starting the Virtual Machine Wizard

Step 2

Configure the hardware compatibility of the virtual machine as Workstation 17.x. In this window, you will see 17.x if you are using the latest version of VMware Pro, or 16.x if you have the previous version installed.

Virtual Machine Hardware Version

Step 3

When you add the ISO file of the guest operating system that you will install on the virtual computer in this step, the VMware program will automatically detect and configure the operating system.

However, to manually configure all the settings, check I will install the operating system later and click Next.

Choosing to Install the Operating System Later

Step 4

In the Guest Operating System selection window, first, select the platform of the system you will install, and then select Windows Me from the drop-down list in the Version section and click Next.

Choosing the Microsoft Windows Me System

Step 5

To change the name of the virtual machine you will install, type a name you want in the Name field and click the Browse button to change the default location where you will install the VM in the Location section and select your external HDD or the folder where you have installed all the VMs.

Configuring Virtual PC Name and Location

Step 6

In the processor configuration window for your guest system, configure the minimum number of processors or cores as Windows Millennium is an old system.

Configuring the Number of Virtual Processors

Step 7

The most important step when installing Windows Me with VMware is the RAM memory configuration window. Because, if you set a RAM amount larger than 1 GB to your virtual computer, you will get the following error when the system restarts during or after installation. This error will loop your virtual system and reboot it constantly.

A fault has occurred causing a virtual CPU to enter the shutdown state. 
If this fault had occurred outside of a virtual machine, it would have caused the physical
machine to restart. The shutdown state can be reached by incorrectly configuring
the virtual machine, a bug in the guest operating system, or a problem in VMware Workstation.

Click OK to restart the virtual machine or Cancel to power off the virtual machine.

Setting the Memory Size for Windows Me

Step 8

For Network Type configuration, select Network Address Translation (NAT) and click Next. If you are not going to use the Internet in your virtual system, simply check the Do not use a network connection option.

NAT Adapter Type

Step 9

In the I/O SCSI Controller window, select the BusLogic structure and click Next.

Selecting the BusLogic I/O Type

Step 10

You have to select the type of virtual disk as IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) or SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) because when you want to change the hardware version for installing drivers you will get an error with SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) selected.

SCSI Disk Type

Step 11

Since you will perform a clean Windows Millennium installation on the virtual machine, select the Create a New Virtual Disk option and click Next. In this step, you can also add a virtual disk of a VM you have installed before or install Windows on a physical disk.

Creating a New Virtual Disk

Step 12

The recommended virtual disk capacity for Windows Me is 8 GB. Configure this disk space according to your purpose and configure the backup virtual disk as a single file instead of multiple files by checking the Store virtual disk as a single file option and click Next.

Configuring Virtual Disk Size

Step 13

You can change the name of the virtual disk of your virtual PC in this window and back up the disk to a different location than the installation location.

File Name of Virtual Disk

Step 14

After checking the settings in the summary window of the VM you created, click the Customize Hardware button to add an ISO file to the VM, enable virtualization on the processor, or configure the graphics memory.

Customizing Hardware

Step 15

Finally, click the CD/DVD device to add the Windows Me/Millennium ISO file to the virtual machine, and after enabling the Use ISO Image File option, click the Browse button to select the image file.

Select the Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition ISO file you downloaded to your computer and click the Open button.

Adding Windows Me (Millennium) ISO File to Virtual Machine

Step 16

After preparing the Windows Me virtual machine, click the Finish button to close the summary window.

Closing the Virtual PC Wizard

Step 17

After adding the ISO file to the VM, click the Power on this virtual machine button to start the Windows installation and run the VM.

Running the Windows Me VM

How to Install Windows Me

After preparing and running the Windows Me virtual machine, you will see two options in the boot menu to boot from Hard Disk and CD-ROM. Since you have added the ISO file you downloaded to your computer to the virtual machine, you need to select the CD-ROM device here.

Step 1

After running the VM, press Enter on the Boot from CD-ROM option when the Microsoft Windows ME CD-ROM Startup Menu opens.

Microsoft Windows ME CD-ROM Startup Menu

Step 2

Press Enter on the Start Windows Setup from CD-ROM to start booting from the CD-ROM device.

Start Windows Setup from CD-ROM

Step 3

When the Microsoft Windows Me Setup screen opens, you must press Enter to continue the installation. You can press F1 if you want to get detailed information about the installation, and press F3 to exit the installation.

Microsoft Windows Me Setup

Step 4

To edit the disk space, press Enter on the Configure unallocated disk space (recommended) option.

Configure Unallocated Disk Space

Step 5

In this step, if you have a disk space of more than 512MB, you need to enable large disk space usage. To do this, press Enter on the Yes, and enable the large disk support option.

Yes, Enable Large Disk Support

Step 6

The setup wizard will reboot your system, press Enter and continue. Your system will return to the boot screen as soon as you hit enter, so follow the same steps up to this point.

Restarting the VM

Step 7

This time, you will not encounter the disk configuration screen and the C drive will start to be formatted directly.

Formatting C Drive

Step 8

While the setup wizard is preparing the Windows system, press Enter to scan and verify file integrity and setup files.

Continue Installation

Step 9

When ScanDisk opens, it will automatically identify media on the drive, check file allocation tables, check folder structure and file system integrity, as well as scan free disk space.

ScanDisk Checks C Drive

Step 10

After the ScanDisk scan, the Windows Millennium Edition Setup screen will open and the setup wizard will be prepared.

Windows Millennium Edition Setup

Step 11

Click Next in the information window that states that the installation process will take between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the speed of your computer.

Read and Continue Descriptions in the Setup Wizard

Step 12

Configure the installation folder as the default location C:\WINDOWS and click Next.

Installing Windows in C Directory

Step 13

Wait while the installation wizard checks the disk space required to install Windows Me and the installed components.

Preparing Directory

Step 14

In the Setup Options window, check the most commonly used option, Typical, and click Next.

Selecting Typical in Setup Options

Step 15

In the Windows Components window, if you want to remove some unnecessary components from your system, select the option below and remove the unnecessary components in the next step.

However, to use a genuine Windows Me, check the Install the most common components option and click Next.

Installing the Most Common Components

Step 16

In the Network Identification window, type a name for your virtual computer and leave the workgroup at the default value. You can also type a description for your virtual computer in the Computer Description field.

Typing a Computer Name

Step 17

In the Country/Region window, select the country you live in and click Next.

Country and Region Selection

Step 18

In the Time Zone window, select your region to automatically define the time and date settings of your system depending on where you live, and click Next.

Selecting the System's Time Zone

Step 19

Continue by clicking the Finish button in the window where the installation wizard reports that it is ready to copy the Windows files.

Starting Copying Files

Step 20

Wait while Windows Me’s system files are being copied.

Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition

Step 21

After the files of the operating system are copied, you can wait for the defined timer to restart your virtual system, or you can directly click the Restart Now button.

System Reboot

Step 22

When your system restarts, the wizard will run a Hardware Detection.

Hardware Detection

Step 23

In the User Information window, type a name for your user account and if you are going to use your VM in an institution, type the name of the institution and click Next.

Typing a Username

Step 24

Check the I accept the Agreement option for the license agreement of the Windows Millennium system and click Next.

Accepting the System's License Agreement

Step 25

In the Windows Product Key window, type your Windows Me product key to continue the installation and continue.

Entering the Windows Me Product Key

Step 26

Click Finish to let the wizard reboot the system when its installation is complete.

Closing the Setup Wizard

Step 27

In this step, wait while your virtual system’s configuration files are updated.

Setup Updates Configuration Files

Step 28

When your virtual computer boots up, your system settings such as Control Panel, Programs in the Start Menu, and Windows Help will be updated.

Updating System Settings

Step 29

After configuring your virtual system settings, restart your system.

Restarting the Virtual Computer

Step 30

Wait while the Microsoft Windows Me Millennium Edition system boots up.

Starting Windows Me System

Step 31

In the Enter Network Password window, type the username you wrote for your user account in the user information window and click OK.

Entering Username and Password

Step 32

When you reach the desktop location of your virtual operating system, right-click on My Computer and click Properties and check the information of the system you have installed.

Checking the System Version

How to Install VMware Tools

After installing an operating system on the virtual computer, you need to install VMware Tools to install drivers for devices such as video cards. After installing this software, you can transfer files between the virtual PC and host via drag and drop.

Step 1

To start the VMware Tools installation, click VM / Install VMware Tools from the menu.

Installing VMware Tools

Step 2

When you receive the CD-ROM locked warning on VMware, click the Yes button.

Force Attaching the Image File

Step 3

Wait while VM Tools prepares for installation.

VMware Tools Wizard

Step 4

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

Continuing in the Wizard

Step 5

In order to use the VM with other products of VMware company from the installation type options, select the Complete option and click Next.

Selecting the Complete Type

Step 6

Click the Install button to start the installation of the virtual machine tools.

Installing Virtual Machine Drivers

Step 7

Wait while the SVGA driver and drivers for other devices are installed.

Installing SVGA Driver and Other Hardware Drivers

Step 8

When you receive an Eject Request to Drive In Use warning by the operating system after installation, click OK.

Ejecting the Installation Media

Step 9

Restart your virtual computer for the changes to take effect.

System Reboot for Changes to Take Effect

Step 10

Click View / Fit Guest Now from the menu to adapt the screen resolution of the virtual machine to the full screen. If full-screen resolution cannot be applied, change the resolution of your system and click the relevant option again, this time the problem will be resolved.

View / Fit Guest Now

Step 11

The screen resolution of the Windows Millennium virtual machine will be successfully set to the resolution of your monitor.

Using the Guest Machine in Full Screen Resolution

Step 12

After installing VM Tools, you can also drag and drop files between the host and your VM.

File Transfer between Host and VM with Drag and Drop

How to Configure the Internet Connection

You may need to check and configure the Internet connection for your applications or projects when using your Windows Me virtual system.

Step 1

Now open MS-DOS and execute the ping command to check the Windows Me Internet connection. If you can successfully connect to Google servers, your Internet connection is OK.

Ping Google with MS-DOS Prompt

Step 2

After you open Internet Explorer to access the Internet, you will see the screen where you can set the MSN connection settings. Click Next to configure MSN Internet access.

Configuring the Internet Connection

Step 3

When the Install New Modem window opens, click the Cancel button.

Closing the Add New Modem Wizard

Step 4

Click the Lan/Manual button in the Using Your Modem to Connect window.

Editing LAN Settings

Step 5

Check Connect using my local area network (LAN) option as the wizard opens to configure your internet connection and click Next.

Setting Up Internet Connection

Step 6

In the LAN Internet connection configuration window, select Automatic discovery of proxy server (recommended) for proxy setting and click Next.

Enabling Automatic Discovery of Proxy Server

Step 7

If you do not want to set up a mail account, select No in the Internet Mail Account window and click Next.

Skipping Internet Mail Address Creation

Step 8

After configuring the MSN connection settings, click Finish.

Closing the Internet Connection Wizard

Step 9

When you open Internet Explorer again and try to access the Google website, you will see that your connection is successful.

In addition, you can play 3D Pinball, one of the popular games, or you can now do things for your other purposes.

Visiting Google Website with Internet Explorer

How to Install Drivers

In order to use the Windows Me machine more efficiently, you need to install the system drivers. For example, if you are going to use USB devices in your VM or you want to hear the sound of the applications you will use, you need to install the drivers that are not installed in the device manager.

After installing older operating systems such as Windows Me on the virtual PC, if you want to install the drivers for the hardware, you need to downgrade the hardware compatibility of the VM to version 5.x.

And also, you need to configure the disk type as IDE instead of SATA in the virtual pc preparation steps. Because when you try to change the hardware version, you will get an error because the SATA disk type is not supported.

Step 1

First, right-click on My Computer, click Properties, and then click the Device Manager tab to view the hardware that is not installed in the system.

  • PCI System Peripheral
  • PCI Universal Serial Bus

Installing Drivers for Windows Me

Step 2

To change the hardware version of the virtual computer, click VM / Manage / Change Hardware Compatibility from the menu.

Changing Hardware Compatibility

Step 3

When the hardware compatibility wizard opens, click the Next button to continue. In the Hardware Compatibility window, select Workstation 5.x and click Next.

Setting the Hardware Version to 5.x

Step 4

In the Clone window, select Alter this virtual machine and click Next to completely downgrade the virtual machine.

After downgrading the hardware version of the VM to the lowest level, check the hardware to be removed and close the window.

Checking for Changes on the Guest Machine

Step 5

After running the virtual machine, hardware such as PCI Multimedia Audio Device will be automatically scanned by the system.

PCI Multimedia Audio Device

Step 6

In this step, if hardware such as AMD PCNET Family PCI Ethernet Adapter that cannot be installed automatically is detected, insert the WinMe ISO file into the VM and select Automatic Search for a Better Driver and click Next.

AMD PCNET Family PCI Ethernet Adapter

Step 7

Wait while Windows installs the drivers.

Installing Network Device Driver

Step 8

After installing the Ethernet driver of the VM, click Finish and continue.

Driver Installed Successfully

Step 9

When you open Device Manager, you can see that all the drivers for your Windows Me system are installed.

Checking All Drivers

How to Use USB Flash Memory

If you want to use a USB flash drive on your virtual computer, first plug it into your host device and when the New USB Device Detected window opens on Workstation, tick the “Connect to a virtual machine” option, and then select the VM you want to use your device with and click OK.

Step 1

Additionally, you can first plug your USB stick into your host PC and after creating a file or folder in it, you can plug it into your VM.

Using USB Flash Memory in Virtual System

Step 2

Create a folder named Backup on your USB disk in your host system and click VM / Removable Devices / Name of your USB / Connect to connect your USB to your virtual system.

Connecting USB Memory to VM

Step 3

As soon as you insert your USB stick into your VM, the system will automatically start installing drivers.

USB Mass Storage Device

Step 4

When you click on My Computer, you can see your Removable Disk device and check the folder you created in it.

Checking the Contents of the USB Disk on the Guest Machine

How to Increase RAM Size

After fully installing and preparing the Windows Me system, if you try to increase the RAM size of your VM, you will receive an error as follows. Under normal conditions, this system cannot handle more than 1 GB of RAM and when trying to use a RAM value outside of its maximum support, the system will encounter constant boot errors.

However, it is possible to run WinME with 2 GB RAM capacity. To do this, you need to edit the System.ini file in the Windows folder in the location where you installed the operating system.

In order to use 2 GB of RAM in the VM, you must add MaxPhysPage=7C6FF to the field in the System.ini file and increase the RAM size after shutting down the system.

Step 1

First of all, in order for you to understand what problem the above error is caused by, turn off your virtual computer and after clicking on the Memory device, set the memory value to 2 GB and click OK.

Configuring Windows Me's RAM Size to 2 GB

Step 2

When you run your virtual computer, the VMware program will inform you that this VM is misconfigured or there is a bug in the guest operating system. When you close the relevant warning window, the system will not be able to boot and will restart constantly.

Virtual CPU Error

Step 3

Turn off your virtual PC and set the RAM value to 1 GB again and restart your system. In this step, you need to make a small change in the system settings to use the 2 GB value.

Open the SYSTEM.INI file in the WINDOWS folder in the drive where your system is installed. Type MaxPhysPage=7C6FF in the field in the SYSTEM file, save the file and finally shut down your VM.


Editing the SYSTEM.INI File

Step 4

Assign 2 GB RAM size to your system again and run it. This time, your system will boot without loops and will work in harmony with the RAM capacity you have set.

Checking the RAM Size of the Virtual System

How to Delete the Virtual Machine

If you want to remove the guest operating system from the Workstation virtualization software, right-click on the relevant VM from the left panel, click Manage / Delete From Disk, and then click Yes in the warning window.

Completely Deleting Virtual Operating System from Host Disk

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