98 Install Help!

April 7, 2009 at 14:24:38
Specs: Windows 98SE
Hi,

I have a blank hard drive that i want to install 98SE on. I put my 98SE cd in the drive and boot my pc but 98 doesn't automaticly launch setup like the NT based OS's. What do i have to do to install 98 (i've never install it before). Could somebody give me directions. Thanks


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#1
April 7, 2009 at 15:29:13
Many Win98 CDs aren't bootable. You'll need a floppy drive & a Win98 boot floppy to be able to run setup.

http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm

http://www.windowsreinstall.com/win...

Just so you know, the file you download from bootdisk.com isn't the boot disk itself, it's the file used to create the boot disk. Some posters have just copied the file directly to a floppy & then wondered why it didn't work. Also, when you boot off the floppy, the CD drive will be "R"


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#2
April 7, 2009 at 15:41:18
Why a floppy? I can't use a CD?
Can boot in dos or something and tell it to ran setup.exe or something.

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#3
April 7, 2009 at 19:32:03
See response 1

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#4
April 7, 2009 at 20:32:30
The OEM disks are usually bootable but I'm thinking you might be using a torrent download. If so, who knows what you've got.

Normally if you successfully boot from the cd you'll get a menu similar to the one you get when using a bootdisk.


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#5
April 8, 2009 at 04:18:44
after booting by what ever means you have,
navigate to the Win98 folder of the CD and launch setup.exe, you'll get better results if you install windows from the hard drive though.

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/robert.bale4/formatinstall.htm

Lee


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#6
April 8, 2009 at 06:03:48
"Why a floppy? I can't use a CD?
Can boot in dos or something and tell it to ran setup.exe or something"

The floppy is what gets you into DOS mode.

Since you're admittedly new to all this, I suggest you just go out & get a floppy drive. They're cheap enough & still useful, even in this day & age. You can use it to load drivers, test memory, run system diagnostics, etc...& of course, boot off a bootable floppy. Once you get the floppy drive, follow the instructions in response #1.


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#7
April 8, 2009 at 11:46:07
Okay, i have a floppy drive, it's an older pc.
I am indeed new to this, so can i have response #1 explained to me (step by step maybe).

thanks


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#8
April 8, 2009 at 13:16:01
Okay i now have the 98SE file from bootdisk.com.
So what do i do next?

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#9
April 8, 2009 at 15:09:11
"Okay i now have the 98SE file from bootdisk.com.
So what do i do next?"

You need to have the floppy drive installed & a formatted floppy disc ready to go. Just double click on the 98SE file (should be called boot98se.exe) & follow the instructions...that will create the boot floppy.

Once you have the boot floppy created, reboot, enter the BIOS & change the boot order to floppy, CD-ROM, HDD...save the settings & exit.

Insert the boot floppy in the floppy drive, place the 98SE CD in the CD drive, then bootup & follow the instructions in the 2nd link in response # 1. They are given as step by step, complete with screenshots....did you even look?




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