Is it possible to dual boot Windows 98 or Windows 95 on an iMac G3 running Mac OS 9.2?


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Windows 95 and 98 require an x86-type CPU (and more generally, a PC, with BIOS, etc.), so they can't run on PowerPC G3-based computers without an emulation layer of some sort.


Not dual-boot, but you could track down an old copy of Virtual PC for the Mac by Microsoft. VPC was an x86 emulator for the Mac OS X PowerPC line of computers and supported Windows 98 out of the box. I can't recall if it supported '95 as well since it has been several years since I've used it, but I know that it did work reasonably well with '98.

Now as far as how fast it would run that Windows 98 installation ... I don't know about that on a G3. It worked reasonably well on a 1.8GHz G5 and 1.2GHz G4, so I can't speak to a ??? MHz G3.

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    I did use Connectix Virtual PC to run Windows 95/98 on a G3, slow but usable. The G4/G5 could even run Win 2k/XP in a somewhat usable way if you stripped down the systems. Connectix also released Virtual Game Station which runs PlayStation games on the G3 at full speed. Commented Aug 9, 2016 at 13:47

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