How to make Windows 98 bootable cd

February 7, 2009 at 07:56:01
Specs: windows 98, 128
Hi all,
I want to make a windows 98 bookable cd.For that purpose i download an ISO image file of windows 98 sec edition from net.The problem is that there is no "Formate" command with the bootable cd.

Now I want that i should make a bootable windows 98 cd and then in that cd there should be Formate command and Norton Ghost Files (In a Folder).
I have booth files but i does't know that how to keep that files in the windows 98 bootable cd when i burn.Please guide me how can i do it?
I see some cd's which are windows 98 bootable and inside it there are folders of utilities which is used for troubleshooting.How to make folders within a cd which is bootable also?
thanks in advance,

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February 7, 2009 at 09:12:05
First of all you are asking for help with something illegal. Win98 is still owned by Microsoft.

If you were asking for help on how to make a bootable CD using an ISO I would direct you to one of the commercial burning programs you may already have on your computer. Roxio and Nero both have automated methods to create a bootable disk. The instructions vary somewhat depending on the brand and version of the software. Basically you "Record disk from image". The image is the ISO.

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February 7, 2009 at 10:06:49
thanks for the reply.actually i does't know how to use Formate command after booting from cd.Should i use windows 98 to formate the disk from windows and then install fresh windows98.

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February 7, 2009 at 11:24:51
I don't know if your ISO will actually boot or not. You can get a boot disk for Win98 from You can use that bootdisk to partition and format the hard drive.

Why aren't you using the Dell restore partition?

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February 7, 2009 at 21:38:36
Think about it for a minute. It's not that hard.

In a separate folder on your hard drive copy from your existing 98 cd all the files and folders you want on your modified cd. Then copy to that same folder all the additional files you want on your cd.

Then get a 98 bootdisk. Delete all its files except for, io.sys and msdos.sys. Or, from a working 98 system do a SYS A: with a blank disk in the a: drive.

Then start your burner software and choose to make a bootable cd. The stuff you want on the cd will be the contents of the folder you copied everything to. (You'll need to choose the individual folders one by one so it'll be as much as is possible like your original 98 cd.) Your burner software will ask you to insert a system disk. Put the bootdisk in and if necessary direct the software to look there.

The 'boot from cd' option that often shows when using a bootable cd comes from a file named jo.sys which is a replacement for io.sys. You can download it and setup the bootdisk to use jo.sys instead of io.sys from here:

But the cd should be bootable without jo.sys. You just won't get the option message. That will force you to always boot from the cd when using it.

I've never had to do this with a 98 cd and it's possible you'll need a config.sys file to load himem.sys. If so, you'll need to modifiy the bootdisk to include that. But first try it without and see how it works out.

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