What are the limitations of Windows 95 and 98 related to virtualization?

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Windows 98 is supported in Virtual PC 2007.

You can virtualize Window 95/98 under most any VM host platform. Windows 95/98 won’t be able to virtualize things under it.

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  • Buddyfarr
    What implementations do you still use windows 95/98 in? Are there custom software packages that you are stuck with that keep you from upgrading? I just find it amazing that some people are still using those old OS's.
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    32-bit File Access is necessary for the long file names feature introduced with Windows 95 through the use of the VFAT file system. It is available to both Windows programs and MS-DOS programs started from Windows (they have to be adapted slightly, since accessing long file names requires using larger pathname buffers and hence different system calls). Competing DOS-compatible operating systems released before Windows 95 cannot see these names. Using older versions of DOS utilities to manipulate files means that the long names are not visible and are lost if files are moved or renamed, as well as by the copy (but not the original), if the file is copied. During a Windows 95 automatic upgrade of an older Windows 3.1 system, DOS and third-party disk utilities which can destroy long file names are identified and made unavailable (Microsoft Anti-Virus for Windows indicated that the upgrade program was itself a computer virus). When Windows 95 is started in DOS mode, e.g. for running DOS programs, low-level access to disks is locked out. In case the need arises to depend on disk utilities that do not recognize long file names, such as MS-DOS 6.x's defrag utility, a program called LFNBACK for backup and restoration of long file names is provided on the CD-ROM. The program is in the ADMINAPPTOOLSLFNBACK directory of the Windows 95 CD-ROM
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