Win98 Boot CD

July 3, 2011 at 23:45:28
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I have used a Win98 boot floppy with CD-ROM drivers for many years to solve many problems but now have a friends PC that was sold without a floppy drive? I have spent much time over the past several days trying to get the various options offered on the internet to work but so far none have. I need a simple way to download an image I can burn to a CD or some other method of accomplishing this. Your help is greatly appreciated!

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July 4, 2011 at 03:42:09
Windows 98SE CD's are Bootable, though the BIOS has to support Boot from Optical drive.

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July 4, 2011 at 04:14:59
The only simple thing to it is either you have the software and smarts to burn an image of a boot floppy to CD and then know how to use it or you don't. is a great place to get the smarts. They will teach you about the required software and what is needed in the image to be burnt. Along with other boot files required for CD booting as an emulated A: floppy drive.

A good hex editor will let you read a floppy to make your own image file with. This is supposed to be a good free one, but I have no experiance with it myself, sorry.

My experiance was that I could not achive this 'simple' task until I got a high speed CDROM drive which allowed for the emulated boot device to properly switch to a DOS accessable drive using the standard MSCDEX driver. My slow CDROM drive never did allow it to happen and would always lock up in the middle of the boot process. Fast being 40x or above, slow being 12x. Your mileage will vary. Good luck finding out where the problem is.


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July 4, 2011 at 05:24:54
Cloudcentric, OEM copies of Win98 are bootable. Others are not.


What are you using the Win98 boot floppy for? I suspect you are preping hard drives with it. If so, you can use the installation disk to do all that needs to be done using XP,Vista, 7.

If you are trying to install Win98 on a new computer you will have many issues with that. Some are surplus memory, lack of driver support, hard drive too large, etc.

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July 4, 2011 at 07:46:33
"...but now have a friends PC that was sold without a floppy drive"

If it's a reasonably new machine (made within the last 8 years or so), you may find that Win98 will have some problems. Most Win98 machines had floppy drives to boot from. It may have more RAM than Win98 can inherently handle, plus drivers for sound/video/etc. may have never been created for the machine for Win98. If so, then something newer (Win2K,XP,etc.) may be more appropriate.

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July 4, 2011 at 09:47:35

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July 4, 2011 at 10:52:08
If you have access to another computer that has a floppy drive, a burner, & burning software that will allow you create bootable CDs (Nero, for example), the instructions are here:

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July 4, 2011 at 18:00:36
I usually use Nero to create a bootable OS disk.

Go into Nero, select bootable image, then supply the Windows 98 ISO, and then finally supply the floppy and insert it when prompted. (Nero will ask to to select a default El Torito image or supply floppy; select floppy and insert)

Nero will copy and use the files on the floppy to create the bootable CD; simply copying the Windows 98 files on the CD will not make it bootable. I'll post back with a screenshot if necessary.

I have used this procedure to create bootable CDs of Windows 95 as well./

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