Solved The diagnostic tools were successfully What to do from here?

March 8, 2015 at 11:42:19
Specs: Windows 98
"The diagnostic tools were successfully loaded to drive D." So i got here while installing Windows 98
from the boot disk. At first i had the error where the drive wasn't partitioned so i partitioned it and re formatted it and thats how i got here. Then i scannned the disks for good measure.So then i changed the path to my E drive and put in the setup command "setup", but all i get is this message. "bad command or file name" when i do (dir /w) on my E Drive i get this: ASPI2DOS.SYS AUTOEXEC.BAT DRVSPACE.BIN FINDRAMD.EXE DAKCROM.SYS ASPI4DOS.SYS DTCDROM.SYS EBD.CAB FLASHPIT.SYS RAMDRIVE.SYS ASPI8DOS.SYS BTDOSM.SYS EBD.SYS HIMEM.SYS README.TXT ASPI8U2.SYS COMMAND.COM EXTRACT.EXE IO.SYS SETRAMD.BAT ASPICD.SYS CONFIG.SYS FDISK.EXE MSDOS.SYS. What Do I do from here?? Thanks.

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March 8, 2015 at 14:24:42
You don't need a floppy disk file or a boot disk file; you need a Windows 98 installation CD (or an ISO image of one). It should be bootable, so you just put it in you virtual CD drive and boot the virtual machine. It will handle all partitioning and formatting of the disk. The fact that you had to do this manually (and the contents of the disk that you listed) shows that you don't have an install CD.


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March 8, 2015 at 13:23:24
""bad command or file name""
That is because "setup.exe" is not being found anywhere.

What is the origin of the disk and have you also got a full W98 operating system disk?

See this for general info:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/221829

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
March 8, 2015 at 14:07:28
I forgot to metion this is on a virtual system, but i have both the floppy disc file and the boot disk file from the original Windows98SE.

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#3
March 8, 2015 at 14:18:15
I'd better leave you to others as I'm not familiar enough with virtual systems.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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March 8, 2015 at 14:24:42
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You don't need a floppy disk file or a boot disk file; you need a Windows 98 installation CD (or an ISO image of one). It should be bootable, so you just put it in you virtual CD drive and boot the virtual machine. It will handle all partitioning and formatting of the disk. The fact that you had to do this manually (and the contents of the disk that you listed) shows that you don't have an install CD.

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March 8, 2015 at 15:10:07
Thanks so much i have been looking for a solution for a while. But what is the boot disc for anyways?

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#6
March 8, 2015 at 15:12:45
In the days of Windows 98 many computers could not boot from a CD drive. So you had to boot from a floppy, which booted DOS with the appropriate driver for the CD, and then run the installation from the CD. Nowadays any computer can boot from it's optical drive and virtaul machines emulate this capability.

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March 9, 2015 at 02:35:23
What ijack said, but only OEM versions of windows 98 CDs are bootable, Retail versions of the installation CD are not bootable.

Having a bootable iso file or actual CD will allow you to boot to it's DOS command prompt instead of the one on the floppy where you now WILL find setup.exe when you try to execute it and it will then access the .CAB files in the WIN98 folder of the CD where your installation files actually are. They are the collection of .CAB files proper. They are not on the floppy. So instead of 'bad command', Windows 98 starts to install itself.

Alternately you can copy the contents of the WIN98 folder to the emulated hard drive and run setup.exe from there just like we used to do with the floppy that loaded the CDROM drivers to access the CD with to copy the .CAB files to the hard drive to do the install from there. If you make a folder hierarchy exactly as c:\Windows\Options\Cabs and put the .CAB files in there and then run setup from there, Win98 will always have the CD files to access when wanting to add any further widgets (wordpad, Paint, etc) from the installation CD - it saves you having to have the CD when installing drivers for example too. Other locations also work like c:\Win98, but 98 is looking for the installation files to be at Windows\Options\Cabs as written/shipped and this can be changed in the registry if you know where, but it's easier to just play the game by their rules and have it done their way with no further fiddling required by you.

With some trickery one can add the bootable files to the retail version of installation CD and use it that way as well. Boot files can come from either an image of the floppy you are already using or steal the boot files from the OEM version. Last deal is sort of why do that though, retail version wasn't any different from OEM version so just get the bootable OEM version which has the added powertoy folder where you will find 98 version of tweakUI as a bonus. Second Edition was a bit better than the Gold version or first edition, having a better hardware base of drivers for it. Some programs just would not run without the Second Edition version, so try for 98se if at all possible.

Lee


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