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Creating Win98 CDrom from Win98 Directory
DougSilver Apr-09-02 06:39 PM
I read the article by Larry that describes how to install Win98 by copying the files from the CDROM to a directory on the hard disk and then running setup from the hard disk. My question is the reverse of this. I recently bought a computer that has Win98SE installed and has all the install files in the Win98 directory on the hard disk (cab files, etc). I did not get a Win98 CDROM with the computer and am concerned that if the hard drive crashes or the Win98 directory gets corrupted, I will be sol. Therefore, I was wondering if I can re-create a Win98 CDROM from the hard disk files--do I just copy everything from the Win98 directory to a blank CDROM? Thanks.

(Sorry if this posts twice but I did not see a post from my first submission)


1. RE: Creating Win98 CDrom from Win98 Directory
lbyard Apr-09-02 11:55 PM
In response to message 0
The cab files on the hard disk are not all of the files on a Windows CD. However, if the all of the cab files and setup.exe, etc., less subdirectories (or with them), found on a Windows 98 CD in D:\win98 are in fact in that location, they are all you need to install Windows on the PC. So, yes, simply copy them to a CD or hard disk. I really think that is terribly wrong for a computer manufacturer to do that to a customer and it may be an indication of an illegal copy of Windows. If one did that to me, I would promptly march that computer right back to from whence it came for a full refund. Larry

2. RE: Creating Win98 CDrom from Win98 Directory
DougSilver Apr-10-02 11:46 AM
In response to message 1
Thanks. Actually, I bought 2 of these machines from a computer store down the street. The machines are Compaq Deskpro 4000/5166 with 32megs ram, 2.5g hard drive, cdrom and floppy drives, integrated sound, graphics and network controllers and pre-loaded with Win98SE and Microsoft Office 2000. The shop reportedly bought a bunch of these machines from some company that was relocating or upgrading their equipment (at least that is the story) and they are selling the machines for $49.95--a hard deal to pass up. Anyway, I was wondering about the legitimacy of the software on the machines. However, this is not some hole-in-the-wall operation but a computer store that has been at the same location for more than 10 years. Seems weird that they would jeopardize themselves by selling bootlegged software.

4. RE: Creating Win98 CDrom from Win98 Directory
lbyard Apr-10-02 12:11 PM
In response to message 2
I don't know what the arrangement is with that Compaq model and the software it came with. You can probably find it on Compaq's web site. All of the Compaqs I've seen in recent years came with one or two recovery CDs with the software on them. I won't comment on the store except that "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is." Larry

5. RE: Creating Win98 CDrom from Win98 Directory
DougSilver Apr-10-02 10:24 PM
In response to message 4
I looked up information on this model from the Compaq support website and it is a 1997/98 vintage machine. The two machines I bought work quite well and for $49.95 apiece, I could even have used the computers as boat anchors . Anyway, I ordered the setup and configuration disks from Compaq just to be safe.

6. RE: Creating Win98 CDrom from Win98 Directory
lbyard Apr-11-02 11:07 AM
In response to message 5
Or door stops. Larry

7. RE: Creating Win98 CDrom from Win98 Directory
DougSilver Apr-11-02 11:20 PM
In response to message 6
No--I've got a couple of Micropolis ESDI drives (5.25" full height and half-height) that will make good doorstops but not quite heavy enough for boat anchors.

8. RE: Creating Win98 CDrom from Win98 Directory
lbyard Apr-12-02 11:22 AM
In response to message 7
Believe I dumped Micropolis over a couple of full-height drives with some agonizing timing problems, but I think they were SCSI drives. And I stopped using Seagate for a long time after many many full-height, 80 MByte drive failures. Larry

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