The University of Edinburgh Windows98 under VMware

Starting VMware

VMware runs as a normal user program, so you must first log on to Linux as normal.

From a Linux xterm window, type win98sd. The VMware virtual PC will fire up and Windows98 will boot.

Logon to Windows98 using your normal Unix account name. You can supply any password you like (preferably not your Unix password); your Unix password will be prompted for when you try and access your Linux home directory.

Accessing your files

Your Linux home directory is accessed from within Windows98/VMware using a network drive. You can do this by either :-


The machine hall printer ljmh is available through a Windows98 printer queue. You should mount your Linux home directory before trying to print anything; otherwise your jobs won't print.

Accessing the net

VMware has been setup so that Windows98 can only communicate with the host Linux PC.

eMbedded Visual Tools

The eMbedded Visual Tools is available through a desktop icon.


Windows98 has been installed on a non-persistent VMware "disk". This means that VMware discards any changes you may have made to Windows98 (eg extra files on C: drive, windows settings etc) at the end of the VMware run.

The default Windows98/VMware display resolution is 1024x768; this is to cater for laptops. You can increase the resolution to 1152x864 in the normal Windows way, but this change won't persist from one VMware session to the next.

VMware has been setup to use the full display. You can escape this to get back to Linux by typing the key sequence


VMware is a commercial licensed product. Taking copies of the Division's VMware licence keys to run VMware on other machines is THEFT. Moreover, VMware is a very important product for Linux's future and deserves support; and no, I don't hold shares in !

You must not install additional licenced software onto Windows98/VMware.

Alastair Scobie Last edited: 12/4/2001