reinstall windows 98 se

Compaq / 5bw131
December 27, 2009 at 12:46:11
Specs: windows 98 se
for 4 years now, i get to the point of the key, and i get an invalid message. not find any help yet, and microsoft wants $ to offer help. I have manage to get computer set up on a dual boot with windows 98 se/puppy linux. i would love to get my 98 restored for my grandkids to use games. i am limited with knowledge, but have tried a lot of things. can you help me?

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#1
December 27, 2009 at 14:56:06
I don't understand, if you've got a dual boot with 98 and linux don't you have 98 installed?

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#2
December 27, 2009 at 15:53:25
yes, i have windows installed, but it is corrupt. even when i log on, there are error messages for missing files. after i continue on the desktop loads, but it will not recognise my wireless adapter from Belkin to get on line. I keep going to my drives for the adapters, but cannot get them loaded. numerous different malfunctions that makes me want to reinstall my windows. I had the system rebuilt, new windows put on., and a new windows 98 se disc. when i first started haveing problems, i tried to reinstall with disc, but kept getting invalid key. been at this for over 4 years now. get this, i have puppy linux installed, and i had to do nothing at all. when i boot to puppy, desktop loads, i click connect, and it goes on line. any help would be appreciated to tell me how i can get past the key for windows.

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#3
December 27, 2009 at 16:10:03
Oh, just an invalid key? Did the key you're trying to use come with the cd?

Describe the 98 disk. Is it black lettering on a white background? Does it say something like 'for distribution only with a new PC'?

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#4
December 28, 2009 at 06:54:17
the cd that i have came from a computer tech that rebuilt my crashed computer. It is just a cd, with a nature pic covering cd, with "windows 98 se" printed on face, along with the key printed there also. i used the disc 5 years ago, and it did restore my windows, but a year later, i wanted to do it again, and it did not work, and has not since. I did not get any help from Microsoft. There was an email communication one time with microsoft tech, that finally ended with telling me to contact Microsoft over the phone, but i was back to Microsoft wanting me to pay something for assistance. i even went to the sticker on the back and tried the key printed there, and got an invalid key message. over the years have tried keys that others would reccommend, but did not work. going to try another one sometime today. there MUST be a way to get around this, and i keep trying. the puppy linux i have a dual boot with works just fine, but have not learned how to get around yet on that operating system. i wish i even knew how to eleminate windows all togather, and use puppy linux. appreciate any help.

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#5
December 28, 2009 at 14:00:08
If the key worked previously with that cd and you're entering its letters and numbers correctly then it should work.

I had that problem once. I knew I was entering a valid key but kept getting that message. It turned out the hard drive had died between the time 98 setup had last accessed the drive and when I input the key. Setup couldn't verify the key because the verification procedure had been loaded to the hard drive which was now dead.

But your drive isn't dead so I'm thinking maybe the verification is loading to a bad spot and can't be done.

Or maybe the cd or cdrom is going bad.

First thing you might try is doing a surface scan with scandisk prior to installing 98. Maybe you can do that from your current set up or from a bootdisk. If it finds any bad spots it'll mark them and they won't be used.

Another thing you could try is copying all the files from the WIN98 directory on the 98 cd into a similarly named folder on the hard drive. Then run setup from there and not even use the cd for installing.

Check my #13 here:

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

You can extract your current key from the system running now and see if it's the same as you're trying to use now.

If you wanted to get rid of 98 altogether you could repartition the drive thereby removing both the existing 98 and linux and then reinstall just linux.

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#6
December 28, 2009 at 15:21:07
Step right up & get your key!

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#7
December 29, 2009 at 11:52:06
I am at a loss on things to do. a lot of these things i have tried. the programs that are supposed to find registory errors, and fix, either don't work on windows 98 se, or you must purchase, in order to do a full repair.
I do not know about the putting files off the disc into a folder on my computer, then install from there. Is there a way to get a little more instruction on exactly what to do in order to try this way?
the disc may even be bad, for when i try and copy disc from my sonic program, i get an error message, disc is either dirty, or corrupt. when i open the disc, all the files are there, and there must be a way to by pass all this whup la, but i not found yet. i will keep on trying to work with this.

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#8
December 29, 2009 at 11:54:03
......would it be possible to take the files from the disk, put them into my sonic program, and burn them to disc, rather than copy to disc?

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#9
December 29, 2009 at 17:22:15
Sonic is a cd burner program?

The files necessary for a 98 install are in the WIN98 folder on the cd. But if you're going to burn anything you might as well make a burned copy of the entire cd.

To run the install from the hard drive you could boot up with a 98 boot disk and choose 'cdrom support' from the menu. The last few lines that load should show the cdrom drive letter. That letter may be different than when windows boots normally because some bootdisks create a temporary ramdrive that causes your cdrom drive letter to change. But take note of what letter is assigned.

Then, at the a:\> prompt type md c:\win98 and enter. Then type
copy X:\win98\*.* c:\win98 and enter, where X is the cdrom drive letter shown when booting from the bootdisk. (There's a space between *.* and c:\)

When all the files are copied remove the floppy bootdisk and type
c:\win98\setup and enter. That should start the installation.

Now, with your dual boot situation C: may not be the 98 drive letter. There's no way I can know if the dual boot has changed anything. The above instructions will certainly work on a freshly formatted drive.

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#10
January 3, 2010 at 07:35:29
well, i guess it is all a total lose. my computer does not even see my cd drive now. i go to device manager, and it is not there. there is not lights comeing on from my modem, or anything. I cannot seem to do anything with it. It comes on, and i can open files, but cannot open disc drives to add programs, or anything. even when i could see, there was error messages starting up, msnp32,dll missing, nwlink.vxd missing, and would get a message, error in config.sys file line 3. manage to find line 3, but that did not tell me anything.
i have been forever trying to get a wireless adapter, Belkin, installed, but have been able to get windows 98 se to recognise drivers. i have deleted those file, trying to instal again, and cannot use my cd drive to do this, and cannot. i will probably junk the unit, for it is to complicated for me. wish i could just do something that works.

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