installing windows 98 from floppy bootdisk

September 10, 2009 at 12:35:47
Specs: Windows XP
Hello! I'm trying to install windows from DOS and I keep getting a message saying ' CDR101: Not ready reading drive E' I'm not sure if I'm just being impatient or what... Also, not sure how to partition drive or get to the point where I can

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September 10, 2009 at 12:51:51
Here's how you do it...

But first, clarify some stuff for us.

You're running XP; yes or no?

You want to install 98 on an XP machine; yes or no?

You want to do a fresh install of 98 on a different machine or repair/reinstall an existing 98 machine?

You don't have a cd drive and need to install from the hdd?

You're running DOS (like 6.22) and want to install 98?

You simply don't have a 98 boot disk and need one?


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September 10, 2009 at 17:19:03
Yeah, the error means your cdrom can't read or doesn't see a cd in the drive. But as Skip mentions, we need more background..

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September 10, 2009 at 17:26:31
very sorry. it doesn't have an operating system and i am trying to install Win 98 on it. I do have a disk drive but i guess it could be malfunctioning and i am running DOS not sure what version something with .71 perhaps?

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September 10, 2009 at 17:40:29
Watch the screen when you boot off the will tell you which letter is assigned to the CD drive. If you use a boot floppy from, the letter is usually "R"

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September 10, 2009 at 18:12:12
Just for info, CD installs of W98 usually include DOS7, so you don't need a DOS version onboard first. The boot disk contains sufficient commands to get the ball rolling (normally).

some other bloke...

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