C: prompt after boot

Microsoft Windows 98se oem (license)
December 13, 2009 at 02:24:11
Specs: windows 98
Have installed refurbished hard drive, scanned disk for errors and formatted to large FAT32 file. Installed Win 98 from floppy but goes to C:> prompt when re-boot. Tried typing run, win98, windows etc but just says bad command. Please help!

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#1
December 13, 2009 at 07:33:16
"Installed Win 98 from floppy". Do you means Floppies? Or floppy and CD?

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#2
December 13, 2009 at 07:41:59
What do you mean "Installed Win 98 from floppy"?

I could be wrong, but I don't think Win98 was every made available on floppies...if it was, it would be a huge box of them. I know Win95 came on 13 specially formatted floppies.

Generally you need to boot off a Win98 boot floppy to preload the CD-ROM drivers but from there, Win98 is installed from a CD.

WINDOWS 98 INSTALL GUIDES


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#3
December 13, 2009 at 12:35:59
If you are talking about a W98 boot floppy then that is just an aid to installation. A floppy only holds about 1.38M of data - even W98 was over 120M.

some other bloke...


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#4
December 13, 2009 at 13:30:56
Ah, that explains a lot! I will have to wait 'til after Christmas to try until I see my parents now who have the installation disks, unless anyone knows how I can download a copy? Many thanks

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#5
December 13, 2009 at 13:42:32
Requesting help to pirate an OS is illegal and therefore against forum rules. A win98 download by itself wouldn't do much good. You would also need an installation key.

If you parents have the Win98 CD have them burn a copy and mail it to you.

In your first post you said you replaced the hard drive. Watch the POST screens when you first boot to see if the hard drive is properly identified by BOTH the model and the FULL drive capacity. Your computer may only be able to work with hard drives 120GB or smaller.


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#6
December 13, 2009 at 14:59:51
W98SE OS CD's sometimes appear on eBay.

some other bloke...


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#7
December 14, 2009 at 00:31:11
Thanks, wouldn't do anything illegal, have key just not disk but parents have both. Thanks for tip on ebay, there are some cheap originals.

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#8
December 14, 2009 at 03:58:30
jam -
"I could be wrong, but I don't think Win98 was every made available on floppies"
They ALL were. 98 Gold sized cabs are 1,716,224 to the byte which is the same size created when you format a floppy with 21 sectors per track and with a cluster size of 2,048 bytes with one directory sector. YOU then copy the cabs over onto the floppies your own self, Microsoft is not selling anything.

So for 98se with 1,802,240 sized cabs you run with 84 tracks and 64k sized clusters and one directory sector and get that same sized floppy. EXCEPT very few floppy drives can make this disk and nobody used the above method much anyway so 98se on floppy was a pretty much a flop.

"I know Win95 came on 13 specially formatted floppies."
Yep, 1,716,224 as before. Same for 95b BTW, they gave up on floppies with WinME I guess. The 13 disk set for 95 is a 95a light version where you don't get a lot of bells and whistles. It was mostly help files that they cut out to get the count down so low even for 95a. But IMO, 95a is not worth using if you have 95b around.

Use fdformat to make those wacky formats -
ftp://ftp.simtel.net/pub/simtelnet/msdos/diskutil/fdfrm18.zip

It comes with some instructions but to save time and frustration:
fdformat a: c4 d16 f168 = 1,716,224 free bytes 95b 1,676Kb
fdformat a: c64 d1 t:84 n:21 h:2 = 1,802,240 free bytes 98se 1,760Kb

Lee


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#9
December 14, 2009 at 06:10:13
ian

If you have a key then all you need is to find someone with a Win98 CD (same version) and get a copy. The key is the important element. The media is just a way to get it to you.


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#10
December 29, 2009 at 01:49:28
Hi everyone, I was gifted a windows 98SE CD with a COA and eventually after a bit of trial and error have now sucessfully installed windows 98SE. After a lot more trial and error, have even installed the graphics card driver and sound driver. So, apart from being slow to load HD graphics on the net due to Pentium 3, everything else is solved. Thanks for all the help.

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#11
December 29, 2009 at 07:15:53
Thanks for getting back to us. Congratulations on getting that done.

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#12
January 19, 2010 at 18:12:18
Just needed to test

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