How to install Windows 98 SE on Thinkpad X41

Recently I wanted to play with one of my old PDAs, and its sync software requires a parallel port and Windows 98 environment. Virtual machine does not emulate the parallel port well. Since X41 is my oldest machine with a parallel port (on the dock), I tried to install Windows 98 on it.

It turns out X41 was too “new” for Windows 98. There are some driver issues that I can’t resolve. But for my purpose, the result is good enough. So I’m documenting the process here, hope it helps others.

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