In this article, we will install Microsoft Windows 95 using Oracle VM VirtualBox virtualization software on Windows 10 PC / Laptop.
How to Install Windows 95 in VirtualBox on Windows 10
Microsoft’s biggest selling success is undoubtedly the Windows 95 operating system. Windows 95 was put on the market by Microsofton August 24, 1995.
With Win 95, the plug-and-play feature was developed and new hardware installations became even easier. It was also a very important stage in terms of appearance. The most recognizable feature of the Windows 95 operating system was the development of TCP/IP networking support.
Microsoft ended Windows 95 support on December 31, 2001. Nowadays, although Win 95 rarely use, it is an unforgettable operating system. If you want to use Windows 95, you can run and use it on the virtual machine.
Today, with the increase in Internet security, vulnerabilities of operating systems are eliminated almost every day. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use Win 95 as a virtual machine.
In our previous articles, we installed the Win 95 operating system on different virtualization platforms. You can access these articles from the links below;
In this article, we will install Windows 95 as a VM on Windows 10 with the Oracle VM VirtualBox virtualization program.
NOTE: You can also install Win 95 on a virtual machine with the Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0.4 version.
How to Install Windows 95 using Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0.4
Before you install Windows 95 in VirtualBox, you can download Win 95 ISO to your computer at the bottom of the article. Afterward, follow the stages below for installing Win 95 using VBox.
To create a new virtual machine for Win 95, first run the Oracle VBox program. After running VBox, click the New button as shown in the following image.
Type Win 95 for the VM name and select the operating system version. Then, click on the Next button.
For the VM RAM size, assign a value of 512 MB and click the Next button.
To create a new virtual hard disk for the Microsoft Win 95 VM, select Create a virtual hard disk now and click the Create button.
Select VDI (VBox Disk Image) for the HDD file type and click Next.
Configure the Win 95 VM hard disk as Fixed Size. Configuring the hard drive as a VM will improve performance.
After configuring the HDD to Fixed Size, click the Next button.
Also, storing the virtual machine’s hard disk file on an external HDD will increase the performance of the virtual machine. In addition, set the Win 95 HDD size to 2 GB.
After storing the HDD file in a different location, click the Create button.
Creating a virtual hard disk for Win 95…
To add the Win 95 ISO image to the VM, click the Right button / Settings on the virtual machine. In the settings screen that opens, click Storage in the left pane, then click Empty.
In the right panel, click on the CD/DVD symbol, then click Choose Virtual Optical Disk File.
After adding the Win 95 ISO image, click on the Floppy drive and click on in the right panel to select Choose Virtual Floppy Disk File.
Select the Windows 95a.img boot disk image file and click the Open button.
After adding the Win 95 boot disk to the virtual machine, close the window by clicking on the OK button.
Starting Win 95…
The virtual machine started with Floppy Disk and we will now configure the HDD to prepare the Win 95 operating system for installation.
You can use the dir command to check the files in the A: drive.
To configure the hard disk for Win 95 installation, execute the fdisk command and press the Enter button.
On the Create Primary DOS Partition screen, type Y to confirm the active partition and press Enter.
Restart the virtual machine.
Follow the path to Machine / Reset.
After the virtual machine restarts, you need to format the disk. To format a Win 95 disk, execute the format C: command.
After applying the Format C: command, you will be notified that all files on the disk will be deleted. Press the Enter key after giving Yes to this warning.
After you format the HDD of Win 95, you need to create a folder on the C: drive. To switch to C: drive, type C: and press Enter.
Use the mkdir + Folder Name command to create a folder on the C: drive. You can type WIN95 as the folder name.
Finally, since the Win 95 ISO image is on the R: drive, you need to copy all the files in the WIN95 folder in the R: drive to C:\WIN95. To copy files, execute the following command.
copy R:\WIN95\*.* C:\WIN95
All files in the R:\WIN95 folder have been copied to C:\WIN95.
Now, to start Win 95 installation on the virtual machine, switch to the R: drive and execute the setup command at the command prompt.
Press Enter to continue the installation.
In the Win 95 installation, click the Continue button.
Click Yes to accept the Win 95 license agreement.
Click the Next button in the Windows 95 Setup Wizard.
Select C:\WINDOWS for your operating system installation location and click Next.
Select Typical from the installation options and click Next.
On the User Information screen, type a username and click Next to continue installation.
Continue by clicking on the Next button.
Wait for the installation to analyze the hardware devices.
In the Windows components, select Install the most common components and click Next.
If you want to create a startup disk, select the option below and continue.
Wait while the Win 95 operating system files copies to the virtual machine.
In this step, click the OK button.
Once the startup disk has been created successfully, uninstall it from the system and click on the OK button.
Installing Win 95 in VirtualBox is in progress and files are being copied.
After finishing the Win 95 installation files on VirtualBox, click the Finish button.
You may see the following warning because there is a Floppy disk on the virtual machine. To close this warning, remove the Windows95.img file from the virtual machine and click on the OK button.
Click on the OK button and close the virtual machine.
Open the Win 95 virtual machine settings, uncheck the Floppy checkbox in the System / Boot Order section, and then click OK to save the settings.
When you run the Win 95 virtual machine again, you may encounter a Windows Protection Error like the one below.
To resolve the Windows Protection Error, open the Windows 95 virtual machine settings and uncheck the Enable VT-x/AMD-V feature under Hardware Virtualization from the System/Acceleration section and click the OK button to save the setting.
Power on the Windows 95 virtual machine and you can verify that the Windows Protection Error has been resolved. Wait while the setup computer configures the hardware such as plug and play.
Click the OK button to configure the computer and network settings.
Type in the computer name and Workgroup name and click the Close button.
The installation continues to configure the hardware devices and click the OK button to specify the Win 95 driver to copy the necessary files.
In this stage, we will select the location that we copied the files. In order to copy the necessary files, change the R:\WIN95 to C:\WIN95 and click the OK button.
Copying the files…
The setup is configuring the startup menu shortcuts…
Configure your time and date settings.
Setup is finished configuring your system and click the OK button to close the warning window.
Restarting Win 95 VM…
Type your username and click on the OK button.
If you want to set a password for your operating system, type your password and click the OK button. If you do not want to set a password, leave the password box blank and click the OK button.
Wait while configuring Win 95 system settings.
Once you have successfully completed the steps to install Windows 95 in VirtualBox, the Welcome window will meet you.
You can check the Microsoft Win 95 system properties as follows.
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