|"I inow the 98 bootdisks don't load emm386.exe and assume the cd is the same."|
I checked a Startup disk - you're right about that - himem.sys is in config.sys but not emm386.exe
I booted from the 98SE CD, typed: type config.sys
it scrolls past, but it just so happens the right part of it appears on the screen (there is more command) - emm386 is not loaded in that either.
"Can that error message occur if emm386 isn't loaded?"
Maybe he IS trying to boot from a boot floppy that DOES have the line that loads emm386 in config.sys ??
There is emm386.exe on the CD in \Tools\OldMsDos
It's the same as in C:\Windows once 98SE has been installed.
By the way, the third menu choice when you boot from the CD is:
1. Start Windows 98 Setup from CD-Rom .
That's probably the same as on the Startup disk floppy that came with the later full version CDs.