trying to load win98 or XP on to formatted hard drive on pc

July 25, 2013 at 14:35:44
Specs: Windows 7
after a pc crash which had win xp i cannot seem to get xp back on .ive reverted back to trying to put win98se on but after formatting the hard drive i get C:\ and get no further as i dont know what to put here.....im hoping once i get win 98 on i can up grade to xp which is what the pc originally had on it .the computor is a dell dimension 9150 about 5 years old.

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#1
July 25, 2013 at 14:46:14
Even if you could put Win98 on this system, and with modern hardware you most likely won't be able to, putting Win98 on first will do you no good as the drive will have to be formatted with the FAT32 file system. XP uses the NTFS file system which in converting will wipe out your Win98 install. Besides, you can't run an OS install disk from within a running operating system, you need to boot to the install CD so again, installing Win98 wouldn't matter.

What happens when you try to install XP?


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#2
July 25, 2013 at 15:13:56
Hi and thanks for trying to help . On turn on i press f12 and choose op. 3 onboard or USB CD-ROM . but message reads bot device not available- F1 or F12
retry or setup.
I forgot to mention earlier that im a complete novice . Sorry

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#3
July 25, 2013 at 17:22:10
Is the disc you are using an original one that came with your system, a disc you bought or a copy?

Have you tried the disc on another computer to see if the problem is with your computer or the discs?


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#4
July 25, 2013 at 18:29:47
The disc was xp home edition bought with the pc. Ive done a system check and the hard drive has a pass and it also recognizes the drive that i put the xp in but when i put it in nothin happens. I have anther computor working and when the XP disc is in the drve it shows up and I can navigate through it ok.
the old dell crashed a whie back and i unwittingly wiped it completely a, theres nothing on the hard disks ,no drivers nothing at all. does this matter , I hear of Bios settings do i have to do something there .

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#5
July 25, 2013 at 21:13:21
When you tried to install 98 did you boot from the 98 cd or a 98 bootdisk? If it was the cd then the boot order must be OK and it should have booted the XP cd as well. If you used a bootdisk then it's a good idea to check the boot order. I think F12 can specify a boot device but I'm not sure you can alter the boot order there. You may need to go into bios setup--probably F2--and set whatever drive you want to boot from as the first device.

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#6
July 26, 2013 at 02:27:08
Thanks ive done that boot from cd rom but still no joy. I know im getting myself deeper but ive change settings in set up ( ive made a note of what was where so i can go back ), and now im getting a message failure at checkpoint [WAKE] .

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#7
July 26, 2013 at 06:09:09
The "dell dimension 9150" has a SATA HDD so you can forget about Win98. Also, to get XP to install, you will need to either change the BIOS settings or load the SATA drivers. See the following:

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...


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#8
July 26, 2013 at 12:33:14
Thanks for your answer ....im getting tired of booting when at times i wanna boot it out the window but give me a chance to follow the link you gave and see what happens......Ill try that , and thanks for the tips. Will post the result hopefully with all all bells ringing !

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#9
July 26, 2013 at 17:09:42
Yeah Sata and 98 won't work. I wonder what you formatted initially. I thought it was odd it left you at a C:\> prompt.

If you still have a problem with XP you could probably put 7 on it with no problem, if you can find a disk.


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#10
July 27, 2013 at 13:14:46
Im gonna give a grovelling apology to all who tried to help. But i did say i was a complete novice ,I bought the computor about 2005 dell dimension with xp on it not being smart at all i also bought a xp home edition disc for back up , not knowing at the time that i could have backed it up anyway , but green horn here did not know that then . The disc i bought is a upgrade so when i put it in it searches for the original xp os which is not there , so inspector Clusso here thinks thats the problem . Other than buying a new xp disc ,which you cant get or win 7 or 8 , theres no point going on .Please tell im wrong and theres a way out of this .

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#11
July 28, 2013 at 01:26:25
I haven't checked lately but you should be able to get an XP disk on ebay. It should include an unused product key. Or sometimes you can use the key from the COA sticker that comes with systems that had XP preinstalled. Those numbers often aren't registered with MS since XP on those was factory installed with a multiple use license.

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#12
July 28, 2013 at 02:11:23
Thanks for that i'll give it a go ...

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