WAYS TO MAKE A WINDOWS 98 STARTUP
last updated: 08/02/03
DISK METHOD. If you have access to a computer running Windows
a blank floppy disk in the floppy drive.
Start, Settings, Control Panel.
click the Add/Remove Programs icon.
the Startup Disk tab.
the Create Disk button.
copy the following files from the C:\windows\command directory to the floppy
Note: The Windows 95/98 XCOPY command
cannot be used to copy system and hidden files when used from the command
prompt. Unfortunately, it cannot be used to move Windows
95 and 98 from one hard disk to another; but it is useful...
WHY I DON'T LIKE THIS METHOD.
When Windows makes the Startup Disk
it copies a cab file, EBD.CAB, to the floppy disk. A cab file is
compressed file which can contain more than one file. This one contains
15 files. When the floppy boots it tries to find a legitimate drive
letter for a RAM drive, makes the RAM drive, and extracts the files in
EBD.CAB to the RAM drive (a RAM drive is a chunk of memory which is configured
to look like a disk drive. It behaves like a floppy drive or hard disk,
except it is faster and disappears when the computer is turned-off.) Unfortunately,
a drive letter is assigned to the RAM drive before one is assigning to
the CD-ROM drive. In a system with with one hard disk, the C: drive,
and no more drives, the RAM drive will grab drive D: and the CD-ROM will
be assigned drive E: If, for example, you then use the floppy to
install a Windows 98 upgrade (and you install the upgrade from the CD),
the Windows 98 CD will be installed from drive E: This value is
saved in the Windows Registry during the installation. After, the
installation, whenever Windows 98 wants to load additional software from
the CD it will look for the CD at E:. To fix the problem after
installation, the registry has to be changed or the CD-ROM drive letter
has to be changed to E:
The RAM drive procedure is somewhat
kludge and can run into other problems. The reason for it, I guess,
in the first place, a wrong one, is the floppy drive will not hold all
the files deemed necessary by it's creator, so they are in a compressed
file and extracted to a temporary drive. I really don't see the
need for it. There are several files loaded into the RAM drive
that are duplicated in the root directory of the floppy, and there are
tools (e.g., debug, chkdsk, and restart) loaded in the RAM drive I doubt
the average user or myself would use. Setting this argument aside,
the root directory has 243KB free and the EBD.CAB file takes-up another
272KB. The RAMdrive when loaded has 595K of files. If you were
to get rid of the redundant files in the RAMdrive and the EBD.CAB file
in the root directory, the remaining files in RAMdrive would fit in the
root directory. I really don't like the idea, but, with the exception
of assigning the wrong letter to the CD-ROM, it works most of the time.
disk will be made; but, if you stop here, it might not work! Go to ADDING
A SPECIFIC CD-ROM DRIVER for more steps.
When you install Windows 98 it will
also make this Startup floppy. If you already have one, why make
another? You can turn it off by by using the /ie flag when you
first issue the setup command to install Windows 98:
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