ludi wrote:To be fair, a lot of old software installers broke on later generations of software and hardware because they were written to deal with software or hardware limitations in previous versions, and in some cases they never anticipated that hardware larger than "x" would even be possible. Anyone else remember the history of Windows disk and partition size limitations? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
Objection on one of the listed limitations: you didn't necessarily need a BIOS upgrade to get around the 504MB limit. That was obviously better, but lots of computers didn't have EEPROMs back then so upgrades (if they even existed) would have needed a chip replacement. I had such a computer in the mid '90s and the workaround was to use something like Ontrack Disk Manager.
The specific version I had worked fine for Win95 Gold, but lost its little mind when I upgraded to Win98 and FAT32 - went from just a few seconds at the Disk Manager splash screen to several minutes, but it would eventually boot. Bonus: it worked fine for Debian, which I was dual-booting at the time.