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Solved Windows 98 Installation From CD And From USB Stick Both Fail

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Hi all,

I’m trying to install Windows 98 SE on an industry standard PC. Trouble is, the PC is quite a lot newer than W98. (Socket 775 machine…)

a) Installation from install CD.
– the CD is bootable, boots nicely from the CD and asks me if I want to boot from hard disk or CD.
Then there is a nice Microsoft Windows 98 startup menu which asks me whether I want to start from CD ROM, or whether I want to start the computer with or without CD support.
Then, after selection of Start from CD Rom, a number of drivers seem to be started. At the end of the day however, there is a message saying:
“Device driver not found: OEMCD001”. No valid CDROM device drivers selected. The Windows98 Setup files were not found.

The Driver used on this CD is from Oak Technoloy, called OTI-91X ATAPI CD-ROM device driver, Rev D91XV352. It tries to create the device with the name OEMCD001 but fails to do so. “No drives found, aborting installation”.

Tried this with two different drives, one SATA and one IDE drive, same result. Also does not find any drives when both drives are installed at the same time.

b) Installing from USB stick
– Formatted my stick with HP tool in FAT32 file system, with system files from Windows 98.
Stick also boots nicely, and gives me a fancy C:\ sign when ready.

– Then I copied the W98 install disk on this stick, and booted.
For a fraction of a second, I see the W98 install screen with the windows logo on it, and then the system falls back to a C:\ command prompt.
All it says is:
Microsoft (R) Windows 98
(C) Copyright Microsoft Corp 1981-1998

This is all very nice but does not help installing.

I then type “setup” and hit enter (this is a functional DOS environment in which I can browse around etc…)
Result: A message which tells me:
“Please wait while Setup initializes.”
I waited a while, had dinner, nothing happened.

So now I place all my hopes on you guys, hope you can help me with one of these two versions, which both failed so far. All I want to achieve is working version of Windows 98 on my PC.

If it is easier, I might also be interested in Windows 2000 since the software I’d like to run is probably running in 9x and I guess this should also work in 2000 then, but I simply don’t have that OS, so I try to get my old Windows 98 SE to run.

Thanks in advance for all your helpful hints.


1 Answer

  1. Before you go any further with this, you need to be certain that the motherboard in your system had official drivers for Windows 98SE.

    If it did not, then you are asking for a lot of trial and error and inconveniences.

    I fully support your quest to run Windows 98SE on newer hardware, but be aware that even if you do find drivers for this board, there are still other hurdles to cross.

    Third-party patches are required to use more than approximately 1.5GB of RAM, hard drives over 137GB, and SATA drives. Unofficial updates will be required to use USB2 devices and USB flash drives.

    Are you sure you’re ready to undertake this? 🙂 lol
    You may find relevant information with these links:…………

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