How Can You Run Windows 95 On A Modern PC?

I have a computer with more than 480 mb of RAM, but I want to dual boot it with windows 8.

Specs: 3rd gen intel i3 (only 1.8 ghz, 3m cache, dual core, 4 threads)

4 gigs of ram

64 bit

dell bios

500 gigs of hdd

hd integrated graphics

usb and 3.0
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  1. You cannot, should not, run Win95 directly on new hardware.

    First, you will not find drivers for all the hardware like sound, network, or even a USB keyboard and mouse.
    Second, it will be full of security issues.
    Third, why when you run it inside a virtual machine under Windows 8? I use VirtualBox, and it can emulate older hardware that Win95 can recognize.
  2. PhilFrisbie said:
    I use VirtualBox, and it can emulate older hardware that Win95 can recognize.

    I use VMware to run Windows 2000. Runs pretty good...
  3. VirtualBox.

    Or for a more authentic experience, hit the thrift stores and find an old computer. Of course, this doesn't really answer your question.
  4. tharve4007 said:
    Specs: 3rd gen intel i3 (only 1.8 ghz, 3m cache, dual core, 4 threads)

    4 gigs of ram

    64 bit

    dell bios

    500 gigs of hdd

    hd integrated graphics

    usb and 3.0

    Windows 95 would not run on such a modern config.
  5. Just asking, where did you get 480MB RAM from?
  6. 95/98 won't run on processors faster than 2.2 ghz due to NDIS problem. Also won't use more than 512m ram (though this won't stop it from running, it just ignores extra ram). Use free VirtualBox as per others advice. Cheers.
  7. I just installed Win98 Second Edition on a 2.4GHz Celeron. WIN98/WIN95 have a problem with Disk Drives larger than 32GBytes, Microsoft has a patch available to fix FDISK to deal with it. Catch 22, the Windows SETUP CD does not have the patch and the computer turned off while copying files. I put a 2GByte drive in, installed WIN98se, ran the patches, and then it would come up with the 40GByte disk as a slave, and could partition and format a 120GByte disk. Tried installing 2GBytes, WINDOWS cold not see any of it and would not start. Real-Mode, Phar Lap extended DOS- saw it. I went back t 256MBytes, will add another 256MBytes. No drivers for the integrated VGA: I will probably disable the integrated VGA and use a TSENG 4000/W32.

    It runs WordStar just fine.
  8. Download Oracle Virtual Box.It is free.
    Install it in Windows Xp or better operating systems.
    Then boot up a Windows 95 inside it
  9. Turned out the Syntax motherboard has all the drivers for Win98 with it- so lucked out there.

    I will play with a Virtual Box for development of the extended DOS software which runs on an embedded processor. They do not have to run on the development machine, but it is nice for test and debug.
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