Can I delete win98 folder

February 24, 2011 at 01:19:58
Specs: Windows 98
I have windows 98 and on C:/ drive I have win98 and Windows folders.
I used to think that they are both important, but I surfed in win98 and figured it is just full of setups.
I think I would need that only if I'd install win 98 again.
Would it be safe to delete win98 folder from my computer?
it takes 0.7 GB of my 2GB HD

EDIT : I mean, I know I can delete setup files, but may there be something in win98 folder that windows actively uses?
I think no, but I would like supportive respond.


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#1
February 24, 2011 at 05:46:39
If you have a Win98 CD, you can delete the Win98 folder.

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#2
February 24, 2011 at 10:34:36
I did, but I could not more/delete one file - msvcrt. I think it was a dll file and hidden. But that's just 20kb.
When first trying to move it I got a funny error - Cannot move msvcrt : The file exists
Then i also got bunch of other errors, but they weren't that funny.

Anyway, thanks for your support mickliq =)


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#3
February 24, 2011 at 11:25:28
Are you running out of HD space then? Bit late now, but it can be quite handy to have a copy of W98 (if that's what it was) on the C drive. All it needs to be is a copy of your Win98 foler from the CD. It saves you going through all the boot disk (floppy) nonsense if you ever need to do an overlay re-install. The latter often work very well and you don't lose any of your own stuff.

By the way, if you have a floppy, all good Win98 users should have two of them. One being a bootdisk made in W98, the other being the file Vmm386. If the VMM gets messed up you end up re-installing Win98 - with the file on a floppy you can just copy it over in DOS.

If you want to clear the decks you should be able to delete that msvcrt file from true DOS. Just tap F8 key while booting, select one of the Command Prompts then delete it using a DOS command. You might even be able to do it by just shutting down to DOS.

The only thing that bothers me is that if it was part of a W98 CD copy then it shouldn't have been active so it would normally delete from Windows. Are you sure that it is in the folder C:\Win98?

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#4
February 24, 2011 at 11:32:18
Eh... Derek, I couldn't understand much of it.
But... if you'd read my first post (the actual problem) you'd see that I have max 2 GB HD, and thats not much. (Well, I didn't note that I need room for few video clips)
I copied the folder onto USB drive, and if I'd put the contents of the folder to a CD, would it work as Windows 98 Install disk?
I think it wouldn't but I'm gonna test it.

PS:Don't suggest for extra or external Hard Drives, thank you =)


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#5
February 24, 2011 at 11:57:14
Yeah, if you've only got a 2 gig drive you probably don't want several hundred meg occupied by the setup files.

If the folder you're talking about includes all the contents of the WIN98 folder from the original installation cd then you could burn those files to a cd and use them for a reinstall. You'd need to make the cd bootable or use a 98 bootdisk to start the process of a reinstall.

Concerning your current installaiton, I believe the msdos.sys file has the location of the files used in the original installation. If by chance it was installed from the folder you deleted then you might get an error message if windows needs a particular file for new hardware you've added. That shouldn't be a problem as you can direct the search to a cd or wherever you now have the files.

Windows won't allow you to delete a file that's in use. That's what Derek was talking about. But you can delete it from dos.

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#6
February 24, 2011 at 12:07:40
Sorry, missed the bit about the HD space.

Thinking about it, the chance of putting the folder with W98 onto a flash drive and expecting it to boot are a bit remote. From DOS you only have access to the A and C drives. A boot disk (floppy) allows acces to the CD drive but will not see a flash drive - they didn't exist in those days.

Not sure what you didn't understand but the bits about putting other things on floppies were just some general advice in case your W98 goes egg shaped at some other time. A W98 prepared boot floppy and another floppy with Vmm386 on it can get you out of a whole lot of trouble. I've seen so many posts on here that have got very complicated, and would have been a simple task if the poster had got those two floppies to hand.

Most of the rest was about ways to delete msvcrt which you said you couldn't do in #2. Finally, those W98 files should not have been in use so I was expressing surprise at the system not allowing you to delete msvcrt. It doesn't usually complain about inactive files.

Hope that is now clear.

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#7
February 24, 2011 at 12:18:08
@DAVEINCAPS
"If by chance it was installed from the folder you deleted then you might get an error message if windows needs a particular file for new hardware you've added. "
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Now I am a bit worried. However if anything should not work, I can always search that file up and restore it.

@Derek
No problem, but I don't know much about floppy disks, not my era =)
More used to Flash Drives, CD's/DVD's.
Windows 98 is just so there would be something. And because 2 gig drive would not run very good under XP I guess.

And I think I missed one paragraph about how to delete msvcrt. :P

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanyway, Thank you all.


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#8
February 24, 2011 at 12:33:34
Yeah, I know what you mean about floppies. Trouble is, W98 install generally assumes a floppy disk is to hand (bootdisk made by W98 itself). A flash drive can be made to run from Windows but not from DOS, therefore a floppy is the best place to save a copy of an important (and often troublesome) W98 file like Vmm386.

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#9
February 24, 2011 at 13:05:43
Hey Derek, I guess the thread from the person looking for the game was deleted. I was looking for it before he got obnoxious and I think it was hyperman. We should get paid for this stuff!

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#10
February 24, 2011 at 13:16:37
Yeah, I flagged it. I have a low tolerance to rudeness to helpers on here.

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