Cannot install Windows 98 SE.

September 1, 2010 at 16:05:45
Specs: Windows 98 SE, 533Hz/32Kb
I am trying to install windows 98. First I booted from the cd then chose which type of system I use and so on... then when it restarts and tries to format.. It tells me "formating drive C: 0% of drive formated" then it tells me "Please insert the following disk in drive D: (or your CD-ROM drive): Windows 98 boot disk or cd-rom. Whenn you are ready to continue, Press ENTER" I downloaded tones of bootable disks but the same problem... This week I bought the hard drive to make it work and I'm confused what I am going to do... Can some one help me, cause I spend a bit of money and I thing that it's going to waste =/ pls help.. tnx to advance.

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#1
September 1, 2010 at 18:14:59
The messages you're getting don't sound like they're coming from the typical 98 installation cd. Can you describe your cd?

You should be able to start the installation after booting from either the (correct) cd or a floppy bootdisk.

Do you know what size hard drive you have?

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat


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#2
September 1, 2010 at 20:00:48
Download a W98SE OEM Boot Floppy from:

http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm

Partition, Format etcetera from the floppy:

http://www.basichardware.com/HowTo_...


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#3
September 2, 2010 at 04:48:03
After it restarts do not select any key to boot from CD as that will start the process from the beginning again. Just leave it alone and it will continue as it is supposed to.

HTH
Bryan


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#4
September 2, 2010 at 06:04:44
DAVEINCAPS, The cd is fullbootable cd. (With windows and bootable files in it). the hard disk is 6 GB Model No.: MHK2060AT.

BRYCO, if it runs from the hard drive it tells me that "no operating system found" and nothing happens. to install the windows I think that you have to run from the cd. Mine it will start to format but after 3 secs that displays the percentage it tells that it needs the Windows 98 Boot disk or cd-rom. =/


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#5
September 2, 2010 at 09:28:23
There's a possibility of a faulty CD or the CD drive itself.

Re this bit:
"if it runs from the hard drive it tells me that "no operating system found"
Are you saying that you copied the CD to the HD then tried installing it from there?

Ms Hulot goes horse riding


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#6
September 2, 2010 at 12:30:06
Yeah, I think Derek's right. Sounds like a problem with the cd or cdrom. A failing cdrom can't read a good cd or a good cdrom can't read a failing cd. The installation process then assumes the wrong cd is in the cdrom and gives you that message.

I'd use a floppy bootdisk to get the hard drive formatted and then try the installation again.

As far as the 'no operating system found'; when doing the installation after booting from the cd, you only boot from the cd the first time. When the installation process restarts the computer you want to boot from the hard drive.

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat


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#7
September 2, 2010 at 22:25:29
Hi, I think I moved a step but I stuck again... When it restarts after the cd boot its telling me that COMMAND.COM is missing or corrupted, and I downloaded that direct to the floppy but still the same prob. Why is that? Can it be in an image or hidden? How can I fix that? (If possible)

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#8
September 2, 2010 at 23:50:46
So the installation starts OK and and gets to the point where it reboots and after it does you get that message? And it's booting from the hard drive?

Try starting over from scratch. You need to repartition and format and then try the install again. Check my # 13 here:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

I got kinda wordy and went into a lot of detail about FDISK--the partitioning command--and FORMAT.

Anyway, do that and delete and then recreate the partiion, format it and try the install again.

Oh, it's probably a good idea to refresh the master boot record (MBR), just in case. Just type FDISK/MBR and enter. You won't get a message and it'll just return you to a dos prompt. It's probably best to do the fdisk/mbr first before repartitioning.

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat


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