operating system missing (Windows 98SE)

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January 16, 2010 at 07:27:11
Specs: Windows 98 se
I can't get computer to reload Win 98se after wiping clean the HD with Dban.
I've created a boot floopy for Win 98 but don't know how to give DOS command to open it.
Blank screen will only show A:\>, or C:\>, or 'operating system missing" with the flashing cursor.
How do I get the computer to the stage where it will "read/open" the CD for installing Win 98se on a system with a completely wiped clean hard drive?

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#1
January 16, 2010 at 07:35:20
You have to boot off the floppy, then choose "with CD-ROM support". Watch the screen to see which letter is assigned to the CD drive. When it stops that the A:\> prompt, change to the CD drive letter, then type SETUP & press ENTER (the Win98 CD must be in the drive).

For example, using R as the drive letter:

A:\>
A:\>R:\ [ENTER]
R:\>
R:\>SETUP [ENTER]

Windows installation will begin.....


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#2
January 16, 2010 at 08:03:34
Thanks a lot for your advice.
When I get home later today I will try it and post.

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#3
January 16, 2010 at 20:31:20
Thanks---however...after typing in R:\> SETUP ----it begins with "Setup is now going to perform a routine check on your system"
I press Enter, and it starts up with a steady failure tone and comes on with the message:
Please wait while system initializes.
Scanning system registry...
"Windows Setup requires 7340032 bytes available on"
or just "Windows Setup" with an annoying tone.
Unable to C,A, Delete, I turn off computer.

(note: first off, I was able to get the upgrade copy Win 98se CD to boot up after your post (thanks) and entered in the product key # and things were smoothly moving along until the copying stopped, asking for certain setup files and suggesting using the original Windows CD as it couldn't find the files> so... I reinstalled the dban HDD program and now I am stuck back at the Missing Operating System message ona blank screen and I can't remember how to section/partition the hard drive or recreate a C drive, etc. When I type in C:\>, I get the message: Invalid media type reading and nothing for R:\>
What is the right sequence after utilizing a wipe clean HDD do format, partition and recreate the proper drives and get a OS CD to work?


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#4
January 16, 2010 at 21:38:07
The "Windows Setup requires 7340032 bytes. . ." as well as the 'invalid media type' messages mean the drive isn't formatted.

First, how large is the hard drive? If you don't know:

Boot up with your bootdisk. Choose 'cdrom support'. At the a:\> prompt type fdisk and enter. Answer Y to 'large disk support', then option 4. What does it say under 'total disk space'

Also on that page, does it show a primary dos partition?

If no, hit ESC and choose option 1--create dos partition. It'll analyze the drive and then ask how much space you want in the partition. For convenience choose to use all the space. When it's done, reboot again with the bootdisk, making sure to choose 'cdrom support' and go to FORMAT below.

If yes, hit ESC twice until you're back at the a:\> prompt and go to FORMAT below.

FORMAT
At the a:\> prompt type format c: and enter. When it's done, and with the 98 cd in the cdrom type the R:\setup and enter, where R: is the cdrom drive letter indicated when you booted up with the bootdisk.

If you only have an upgrade disk you'll need the disk of a previous version of windows--either 3.1 or 95--to verify you're eligible to use the upgrade version.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#5
January 17, 2010 at 05:51:34
Thanks (jam and) DAVE--I did the DOS partition and C: format and got the R: setup back with the upgrade Win 98se CD moving again until the box "Upgrade Compliance Check" comes up saying setup can't find "any of the qualifying products. Insert your original Win setup disk and type the path to the Setup files below,..."
Like downloading the boot floopy I am presently using to get this computer back working for Win 98se, do I need to find one to download, and as you say, "If you only have an upgrade disk you'll need the disk of a previous version of windows--either 3.1 or 95--to verify you're eligible to use the upgrade version."
Is it a boot floopy from an earlier ver. (3.1 or Win 95) I need to download also, or do I just need to find an Win 3.1 or 95 OS CD from ?? thx.

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#6
January 17, 2010 at 13:09:12
You need more that a bootdisk. Either the 6-disk floppy set of windows 3.1 or 3.11 or a 95 cd or 95 on floppies.

There is another way. You copy the WIN98 folder on the cd into a similarly named folder on the hard drive. Then you overwrite the precopy2.cab file with one from a full version cd and run the install from the hard drive. You may need a different product key if you do it that way.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#7
January 18, 2010 at 08:08:03
Thanks DAVE,
I have found my Win 95 CD and reinsalled it and the upgrade CD for Win 98se. The computer is off and running!


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#8
January 18, 2010 at 08:59:24
I am totally agree with Mr.DAVEINCAPS.

i think he provided us some useful information here.
So,
Follow according to him.

You also take help from me . You also can asked questions frequently.

Thanks

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#9
January 18, 2010 at 11:46:50
You're welcome. I'm glad it worked out.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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