Replace WIN98 with WIN 98SE

June 13, 2011 at 15:53:15
Specs: Windows 98SE
I have a laptop with no floppy drive with Win98 already installed. I want to install Win98SE (not an upgrade disk), but the Win98SE installation says I need to run an upgrade disk instead. I can't seem to reformat the drive, even though I have run fdisk and format c:.

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June 13, 2011 at 19:59:36
Windows won't let you format the drive it's running from. That's probably why you couldn't do it.

And you have the product key, right?


To do an upgrade using the full version cd:

Start up the laptop. Before the OS starts to load, start tapping F8. A boot menu should come up. Choose 'safe mode command prompt only'. At the c:\> prompt type ren c:\windows\ win.old and enter. That renames the command so you can use a full version cd to do an upgrade.

Then boot up with the 98 SE cd and begin the installation. At some point it will ask what directory to install it in. It will default to 'windows.000' because it detects you already have a directory named 'windows'. Click 'other directory' and change windows.000 back to just windows so that everything installs in the original directory. The rest of the installation should continue normally.


To do a fresh installation:

Boot up with the 98 SE cd. Choose the cd menu option that leaves you at a dos prompt. Then type format c: and enter. When it's done and you're back at the dos prompt type setup and enter to start the installation.

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October 17, 2011 at 11:56:27
if you ever needed to do a clean install, do this:

C:\>md windows
C:\>cd windows
C:\WINDOWS>md options
C:\WINDOWS>cd options
D:\copy *.* c:\windows\options\cabs
101 files copied.
(you can take out the disk)

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October 17, 2011 at 21:01:19
That is intended to copy the files from the 98 cd onto the hard drive and run the installation there, which usually isn't necessary.

But if you're going to do that it's best not to put them in windows\options\cabs as that will cause the installation directory to default to 'windows.000' instead of windows. But if you did put them there, the copy command would be

copy d:\win98\*.* c:\windows\options\cabs

where d: is the cdrom drive letter (that drive letter may be different depending on if the bootdisk creates a ramdrive and what letter is assigned to it.) And you'd probably want to SYS the drive unless you boot with a bootdisk to do the installation.

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January 14, 2012 at 10:18:35
I knew that. I have no idea why I would post something stupid like that. I was just bored. lol

it does default to "windows.000", but you can always deletes the ".000" and install to that directory. (I'm still bored. :)"

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