Solved I erase all data from my hard disc in my attempt to format

May 17, 2012 at 15:37:56
Specs: Windows 98
I erase all data from my hard disc in my attempt to format. How can i install the operating system?

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May 19, 2012 at 07:05:50
You need to start the installation manually from DOS.

Boot off the Win98 boot floppy & select "with CD-ROM support". Watch the screen for the CD-ROM drive letter designation - it may end up being D: but it could possibly E: or even R:. My guess is it will be R:.

Let's assume it's R:, if it's not, just substitute the correct letter into my explanation:

At the A:\> prompt, type R: & press ENTER. That will change the prompt to R:\>. Make sure you have the Win98 CD in the drive, then type "setup" (without the quotes) & press ENTER. The installation will begin. Here's what it will look like before you press ENTER:

R:\>setup



#1
May 17, 2012 at 16:24:28
You'll need to prepare (FDISK) the drive as well to prepare it for either FAT16 or FAT32 file system. You normally do that before formatting, but your machine should be capable of booting from the CD (and doing both from it). If not, you'll need to find a boot floppy to prepare the drive and load drivers for the CD. Install from "setup.exe" on the root of the CD disc. If it's a Win98 upgrade, you'll need to provide proof of ownership of a previous version of Windows (Win3.x-Win95) with either floppies or a CD.

I've generally used "98bot10a.exe" from this page for a boot floppy:

http://www.mpcdrivers.com/downloads...

A through explanation of reinstalling Win98 can be found here:

http://www.windows98.windowsreinsta...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
May 17, 2012 at 17:03:56
Thank you very much for the quick reply. First of all after entering in the BIOS i can change nothing and escpecially the booting sequence. Also i can't download the boot disk "98bot10a.exe" from the corresponding site.
Thank you!

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#3
May 17, 2012 at 17:08:06
"Also i con't dowload the boot disk "98bot10a.exe" from the corresponding site."

Just curious, did you click on the link (which takes you to an agreement form), or did you try to "right-click-and-save" the link.

Nonetheless, here's the direct link:

http://www.mpcdrivers.com/sylvia/Su...

You download the file, then insert a floppy to your floppy drive before executing the file. It builds a bootable-disk onto the floppy.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#4
May 17, 2012 at 17:44:03
OK with the bootable disk. After that i put the floppy into the floppydrive. I have a black display and at the top the indication "A:\ >" and i write "dir" so now i have on the display the name of the floppy (98bot10a.exe) it's size (584,867 bytes) the date and time but i cannot enter into the OS. I am not good in the DOS enviroment. So my question is what command should i give?

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#5
May 17, 2012 at 17:52:34
This is the first time i participate in forum!!!

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#6
May 17, 2012 at 19:14:01
To run an EXE file in dos you just type the name of the file and hit ENTER. So to run 98bot10a.exe you type 98bot10a or 98bot10a.exe (the 'exe' doesn't matter) and hit enter. If that's what you're asking.

But I wonder, what did you boot with if it wasn't the disk you created by running 98bot10a? I say that because if you created the bootdisk then a DIR on it shouldn't show 98bot10a.exe. It should show all the files typically found on a 98 bootdisk. So what are you booting with?

Also what kind of computer do you have? Is it an old pentium or pentium II or even a 486? How much ram is in it and what size hard drive?

You say you erased all the data from the drive. How did you do that? If you just reformatted you may not need to repartition with FDISK. But anyway, there's some info on FDISK and FORMAT in my # 13 here:

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


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#7
May 17, 2012 at 19:46:15
"I erase all data from my hard disc in my attempt to format"

That's what formating does - it erases everything from the drive & sets up a new file system that can then be used for storing data or installing Windows.

If you want to install Win98, you'll need to create a Win98 boot floppy. The following is a Win98 boot floppy creator: direct download - Win98 boot disk creator

You will then have to boot off the floppy & start the Win98 install from DOS. Here's how it's done: Microsoft's Windows 98 SE - Floppy and CD Install on Blank Hard Drive


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#8
May 18, 2012 at 13:45:53
Good Evening. I did well with the “Win98 boot floppy”. It worked perfectly. So I run the procedure of format and I formatted again my hard disk but I’m not able to install the windows even though I have the win98 cd in the correct drive and I choose the 1st choice “start windows 98 set up from CD-ROM” and I have on the display the indication “A:\> “ and I write “D:\>win98” . This is due maybe to the BIOS boot sequence. I entered the BIOS and I was not able to change the boot sequence (it was “A, C, SCSI”). An explanation was written over there: “PU/PD/+/- : Modify, but I cannot understand what does it mean PU/PD in order to change the sequence and to boot from CD-ROM. If I change the sequence I thing everything will work perfectly.

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#9
May 18, 2012 at 18:46:53
You've got an older PC, probably a 486, and it isn't going to boot from the cdrom.

So, when you boot from the floppy bootdisk--and with the 98 cd in the cdrom--type d:\setup and enter, where D: is the cdrom drive letter indicated when you booted with the bootdisk.

That should start things going. If not, post back with any error messages it gives.


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#10
May 19, 2012 at 07:05:50
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You need to start the installation manually from DOS.

Boot off the Win98 boot floppy & select "with CD-ROM support". Watch the screen for the CD-ROM drive letter designation - it may end up being D: but it could possibly E: or even R:. My guess is it will be R:.

Let's assume it's R:, if it's not, just substitute the correct letter into my explanation:

At the A:\> prompt, type R: & press ENTER. That will change the prompt to R:\>. Make sure you have the Win98 CD in the drive, then type "setup" (without the quotes) & press ENTER. The installation will begin. Here's what it will look like before you press ENTER:

R:\>setup


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#11
May 19, 2012 at 07:31:24
Perfect!!! (with R i had the response: rong drive, so i understood immediatly that i'm in the wright way) it started installing , with E:/setupg. Now is istalling. Thank you very much. I'm very happy. Without your assistance it was immpossible to overcome this situation! Thank you

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#12
May 20, 2012 at 11:26:29
Next up - where can I find drivers? lol

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#13
May 20, 2012 at 12:48:58
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/i...
Also myself i'm trying to see my USB flash but i can't (i'm speaking for windows 98). I think that i need a USB driver for windows 98. Any help?

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#14
May 21, 2012 at 09:31:50
You need to get the Win98 driver from the USB flash drive manufacturer.

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