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I am going to help a friend out who needs his hard drive reformatted and Win 98 reinstalled. I have made a boot floppy containing system files including FDISK & FORMAT but will his CD be recognised in order to install WIN 98. I have a copy of MSCDEX on the floppy. Is it sufficient to place this file in the root C directory in order for Drive D to be set up and recognised or is there something else I need to do.
If friend's PC is still functioning, why not create a "boot floppy" from that? Go to "Control Panel > Add/Remove" and select the Startup disk tab. This will give you the option to boot "with CD ROM support" in order to run the install from the CD. If the CD drive is normally "D", it will temporarily be displaced by one letter to become "E".
Otherwise a Win 98 boot floppy can be downloaded from click here
To elaborate on the posting from mackaycc. You need a boot floppy made from a Windows 98 or 98se computer. Control Panel - Add/Remove Programs - Startup Disk. Boot the computer with this disk in the floppy drive, and select "Start with CD-ROM support" (or something like that). This disk will create a virtual drive in ram that will have everything you need to format the hard drive and run the CD drive. Don't forget that the virtual drive will temporarily take the next available letter after the hard drive(s), so the CD drive will be moved on one letter. i.e. if the CD drive is normally D:, for the purposes of the installation it will be E:
Please make sure before you start that you know EXACTLY what hardware he/she has in their computer (graphic card, sound card, modem, lan card etc...) and make sure you have all the drivers required to set up the system properly, it is soooooo annoying to format/install windows to then find you have lost the driver disk for the modem and can't get back online to download a new one.
ok, here goes, you will need a windows 98 startup disk, make sure it is for the right version of win98. if you have one, skip the next bit.
click here and download a win98 or win98SE startup disk, put a blank floppy in the drive, double click the file you have downloaded and it will create a startup disk for you.
OK you should now be at your friends house armed with your new win98 startup disk.
make absolutely certain that important documents/files are backed up before proceeding.
At your friends computer, put the floppy into his/her computer, restart the pc. once you get the menu, choose start without cdrom support
once completed to the A:> prompt, type
format c: +press enter
then once done, restart again still with the floppy in, this time choose start WITH cdrom support. insert the windows cd, at the prompt A:> type
E: +press enter (or change E to whatever letter the computer says is the cdrom drive)
then simply type
setup +press enter
setup will launch, just follow the onscreen instructions from this point.
if for any reason you have problems starting setup, at the E:> prompt, type cd win98
the prompt will become
E:>win98, then type
setup +press enter
sorry, got one bit wrong.
before you type format
at the A:> prompt, type the letter of the ram drive that has been created ie
D: +press enter
then type format c:
Thanks to all. Am much clearer
Make sure you have the 98 product code, you will be asked for it near the end.
Thanks Paperman27..I notice that you make no reference to the use of FDISK ! Is this correct. In my ignorance, I assumed FDISK had to be executed first ( before FORMAT ) to create the partition to format.
You only need to use Format C:
FDISK is only necessary if you want to change the partitions. FORMAT C: /S is required for a new drive to copy the system files to it, but shouldn't be necessary after that.
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