Part 3: Setting up a lab – Installing Windows 95 on Virtual Box


This one is purely for nostalgia purposes. Installing Windows 95 on VirtualBox. There’ll be a second part to this -connecting to the Internet. I am too weary after writing this not-so-concise tutorial to cram it into the one tutorial. FYI there’s no Solitaire on this. That might be the part 3. Don’t forget when you boot up for the first time to have the volume up so you can listen to the infamous startup sound. It’s worth the drama.

  1. Navigate to https://winworldpc.com/product/windows-95/osr-2 download the Windows 95 floppy disc and CD files:
    1. Windows 95 OSR2 (OEM) (3.5-DMF)
    2. Windows 95 OSR2 (OEM) (ISO)
  2. To install Windows 95 on VirtualBox, click New.
  3. Name the machine Windows 95.
  4. In the Type: field select Microsoft Windows.
  5. In the Version: field select Windows 95.
  6. Configure RAM to 256MB and click Next.
  7. In the rest of the Wizard accept all defaults.
  8. Power off your virtual machine.
  9. Right-click your virtual machine and select Settings.
  10. Navigate to System > Acceleration and deselect Enable VT-x/AMD-V.
  11. Navigate to Storage and click Empty under Controller: Floppy and click on the virtual floppy disk icon under Attributes.
  12. Select Microsoft Windows 95B (4.00.1111.osr2) (3.5)\Boot.img.
  13. Click Empty under Controller: IDE and click on the virtual optical disk icon under Attributes.
  14. Select Microsoft Windows 95B (4.00.1111) (OSR2) [English] (CD)\windows95b.iso.
  15. Click OK.
  16. Turn on your virtual machine.
  17. Choose Start computer without CD-ROM support.
  18. To partition your virtual drive execute the following command fdisk and press ENTER.
  19. In Do you wish to enable large disk support, type Y and press ENTER.
  20. In FDISK Options select 1. Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive.
  21. In Create DOS Partition or Logical DOS Drive select 1. Create Primary DOS Partition.
  22. Type Y and press ENTER.
  23. Restart your virtual machine by navigating to Input > Keyboard > Insert CTRL+ALT+DEL.
  24. To format your drive execute the following command format c:.
  25. In Proceed with Format select Y.
  26. Press ENTER.
  27. Restart your virtual machine by navigating to Input > Keyboard > Insert CTRL+ALT+DEL.
  28. Note your drive letter, for example Drive E: = Driver MSCD001 unit 0.
  29. Run the following command to copy the files from the Windows 95 disc to your C: drive, replacing R: with whatever drive letter corresponds to your virtual disc drive xcopy R:\ C:\INSTALL\ /S.
  30. Navigate to your install folder by executing the following commands:
    1. c:
    2. cd INSTALL
    3. setup
  31. Press ENTER.
  32. Click EXIT.
  33. To begin setup click Continue.
  34. Accept all of the defaults.
  35. Enter the number found on your Certificate of Authenticity and click Next.
  36. Enter your user information and click Next.
  37. In the Analyzing Your Computer window check Network Adapter and Sound, MIDI, or Video Capture Card and click Next.
  38. In Windows Components select Install the most common components (recommended) and click Next.
  39. In Startup Disk select No, I do not want a startup disk and click Next.
  40. In Finishing Setup click Finish.
  41. Windows will prompt you to restart the machine and remove the floppy disk from your computer. To do this, click Devices > Floppy Drive > Remove Disk From Virtual Drive. Click OK.