Virtual Machine Set Up
What is a virtual machine?
A virtual machine is a program you can run on your computer
that simulates a computer. They are used to run different
operating systems without requiring multiple physical
computers. Since most old computer games are incompatible
with modern operating systems, the best way to play them is
to create a virtual machine with an old OS.
Where to download a virtual machine
There are many choices for virtual machines out there. The
one I use for the podcast is VM
Workstation Player 14. I've also had sucess with Oracle VM VirtualBox.
How to set it up
Once you install your VM software of choice, you'll use it
to create the virtual machine. You have to choose the
hardware for your fake computer. These are the
specifications I used for my Windows 98 Second Edition
machine, but you'll want to find appropriate specs for
whatever OS you choose:
127 GB harddrive
2 GB of RAM
I went with these specs because they are the maximum that
Windows 98 can recognize. Next, you need to install the OS.
To do so, you'll need an ISO image of the installation disc.
An ISO is a file that contains all of the information from a
CD-ROM. You can make an ISO if you have the physical install
disc, or you can try
to find one using Google. You will also need the
number for the OS (it was originally on a sticker on
the install CD's case). When you start up your virtual
machine, you will be asked where the OS install ISO is
located. The installation will begin and you'll be asked for
the serial number. Let it do its thing, following any
prompts, until you are able to boot up onto your Windows 98
How to install games
You will need to make or find an ISO for each game you want
to play. Depending on which virtual machine software you
chose, there will be an option to load ISO into your VM's
"disc drive" somewhere (in Workstation Player, this option
is located in "Player/Removable Devices"). Point it to the
ISO for the game and then run the installation for it.
That's it. Happy playing!