I was wondering if there is any way to boot my new Windows XP computer off of an old Windows 98 Hard Drive without screwing anything up. What I am trying to do is access and run a program that was installed on the WIN 98 Hard Drive. The software was an expensive Patent Software and I no longer have the installation disk.
Here is what I have already tried:
1. Connected the WIN98 hard drive to my XP Computer and booted up. Computer started to boot into WIN98 but came back with some kind of memory error and shut down.
2. Tried running the software from the WIN98 Drive in WINXP but came back with an error about missing DLL files.
Someone mentioned running the drive as a virtual machine. Is that an option? If so, how do I set it up. Also, the old drive is partitioned into 4 pieces which doesn't help.
Please let me know if there are any ideas to get it running on my new machine.
virtual pc is very nice, but you will need the OS installer weather its 98 or xp.
When plug in your 98 HDD to your xp computer of course you will receive a lot of drivers error if not BSOD because of driver has been changed.
I havent tried it but I heard something about "boot manager" google it.