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Is there a special Windows98se disk needed to install Win98 on a hard drive with no operating system?
Birds3Chas Aug-19-02 11:54 AM
I want to do a clean re-install of Win 98 SE. I
have a freshly formatted and partitioned hard
drive. I have tried using the Win 98 SE disk
that came with my computer (labeled "For
distribution with a new PC only.") but the installation
crashes repeatedly, giving various error
messages each time. I have tried to troubleshoot
these error messages with info from Microsoft
Support Knowledge Database Troubleshooting but
to no avail. Any ideas? Thanks for your help!

1. RE: Is there a special Windows98se disk needed to install Win98 on a hard drive with no operating system?
Zeno Aug-19-02 12:40 PM
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LAST EDITED ON Aug-19-02 AT 12:47 PM (EDT)
 
You should be able to get around this with a few tricks, and there are several ways to handle it. Are you using an upgrade edition?

Probably the easiest way is to format your HD with this command:
<format c: /s> (no brackets) This will put the basic DOS files on the boot sector of your HD. You'll find this file on the WIN98 installation disk. You may need to adjust your CMOS setup to boot from the CD drive first. Then after you have the basic DOS files on the HD, go ahead and install WIN98SE.

Another thing to try, which may or may not work, depending on you your HD is formatted, is to use the command <sys X: c:> where X is either the CD or floppy drive letter that contains the DOS path for the sys.exe command. Then install WIN98SE. If you don't have WIN98 setup disk, try booting straight off the CD-ROM.

You can also use the WIN98 installation options to format the HD.

There are probably other ways besides these too. See if any of these work for you.

Best wishes.


2. RE: Is there a special Windows98se disk needed to install Win98 on a hard drive with no operating system?
lbyard Aug-19-02 03:02 PM
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HOW TO INSTALL THE WINDOWS 98 UPGRADE ON A NEW HARD DISK DRIVE
http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/software/windows/upgrade/intro.htm

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