Missing cd boot image (98SE)?

Aopen / Ax34-u
March 19, 2009 at 14:55:53
Specs: Windows 98 SE, 1.0Ghz
Did some of the retail versions of Windows 98 SE not include an option to boot a system off the CD? I just got a copy of the retail version of the OS and it doesn't boot off the CD. The package did come with a boot floppy, but I remember my OEM version could boot off the CD.

I know you can make a bootable CD, but I was wondering if perhaps my copy is a fake since there is not option to boot off the cd? I checked the back of the CD and the golden hologram surrounds the inner circle of the disc, so from here it looks pretty legit!

Thanks

Jeff in 7 ways...


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#1
March 19, 2009 at 15:37:28
I think the retail versions were non-bootable and the OEM (or most of them) were bootable. I'm sure yours is legit. It'd be too much trouble to make an authentic-looking fake.

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#2
March 19, 2009 at 15:38:57
Some 98 CDs were bootable, some required a boot floppy. Since your's came with a boot floppy, it should be obvious which type you have. What's the problem, don't you have a floppy drive? Considering the cost, there's little reason not to have one. They still come in handy for flashing the BIOS, running diagnostics, loading SATA drivers, booting from a boot floppy, etc. If you don't have one, I suggest you get one.

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#3
March 19, 2009 at 16:51:20
Well, it wasn't obvious to me since every 98 disc I have ever had in my hands was OEM+bootable off the disc. But no need to worry because I have a floppy drive installed on every machine I own. Booting off the CD is merely a personal preference.

Jeff in 7 ways...


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#4
March 19, 2009 at 19:45:00
Yeah, OEMs are much easier to come by so when you're used to using them it's easy to assume retail disks act the same way.

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#5
March 25, 2009 at 18:33:21
I have a liget 98 CD and it came with a boot disk and it is bootable also the same with my 98SE and Win Mer CD.

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