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How to Connect Windows 95 to Internet in VirtualBox

In this article, we will examine how to connect a Microsoft Windows 95 virtual machine running on Oracle VM VirtualBox to the Internet.

How to Connect Windows 95 to Internet in VirtualBox

How to Connect Windows 95 to Internet in VirtualBox

You may get an error when you try to access the Internet after installing Windows 95 with the Oracle VM VirtualBox virtualization program.

If you encounter with the “An unexpected error has occurred. Restart Internet Explorer, and then try again.” error when attempting to access the Internet on a Win 95 virtual machine running on VirtualBox, the connection settings of the VM probably have not been made.

One of the main reasons why a computer can not access the Internet is that it can not obtain an IP address from a DHCP server. With this being the main problem, the computer’s LAN (Local Area Network) settings may not have been set.

However, to connect to the Internet on a Windows 95 VM in VBox, the TCP/IP protocol must be installed. If the TCP/IP protocol is not installed in the Win 95 VM, you will not be able to access the Internet.

In our previous articles, we installed Microsoft Win 95 operating system with VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, and VirtualBox virtualization programs. You can access these articles from the links below.

In this article, after installing Win 95 with VirtualBox, we will install the TCP/IP components to connect the virtual machine to the Internet, and finally, we will test its connection.

How to Connect a Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 Computer to the Internet in Oracle VBox

For Internet connection of Win 95 running on VirtualBox on Windows 10, follow the steps below in order.

   Step 1

Open the Oracle VM VBox program and run the Win 95 virtual machine and run Explorer. If you get an error like the one below when you open Explorer, you need to configure the Internet connection settings.

Click the OK button to close the warning window.

Windows 95 Internet Explorer Connection Error

   Step 2

To install the TCP/IP components on the Win 95 VM, follow the path to Start/Settings/Control Panel and open the Control Panel.

Opening Windows 95 Control Panel

   Step 3

Double-click on Network in the Control Panel window.

Windows 95 Network Settings

   Step 4

Click the Add button to add the TCP/IP protocol in the Network window.

Configuring Windows 95 TCP/IP Protocol

   Step 5

In the Network Component Type window, click Protocol first. On the Network Protocol screen, select TCP/IP and click the OK button.

Adding TCP/IP in Windows 95

   Step 6

You can see that TCP/IP has been added to the Network screen. Click the OK button to save the settings.

Adding TCP/IP in Windows 95

   Step 7

The following warning prompts you to add your CD-ROM for TCP/IP setup. Click the OK button to continue.

Insert Disk Error

   Step 8

In our previous Win 95 installation, we copied the operating system installation files to the C: drive. Specify where the C:\WIN95 folder is located and click on the OK button to start the TCP/IP protocol setup.


   Step 9

Wait while the TCP/IP component installs for Win 95 Internet connection…

Copying Files C:\Windows\

   Step 10

After the TCP/IP protocol setup, restart the VM.

How to Connect Windows 95 to Internet in VirtualBox?

   Step 11

After restarting the VM, open Internet Explorer and verify that the settings work by viewing any of the websites.

As you can see below, we have successfully connected the Win 95 VM to the Internet in VBox!

How to Connect Windows 95 to Internet in VirtualBox?

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   Final Word

In this article, we configured the network connection settings of the Win 95 VM that we used with Oracle VM VBox on the Windows 10 operating system. If you are using one of the Windows 98 and Windows ME (Millennium) operating systems and can not connect to the Internet, make sure that the TCP/IP protocol is installed. Thanks for following us!

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