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WAYS TO MAKE A WINDOWS 98 STARTUP DISK
last updated: 08/02/03

format.jpg (8536 bytes)MANUAL METHOD.  This is an adaptation of the old-fashioned way.  Do it once and put a copy on a file server for shop use.

checkbox.gif (68 bytes)  Put a blank floppy in drive A: and make a bootable floppy.

Start -> Programs - > Windows Explorer - > right click drive A: -> Select  Format -> Click Quick (erase) -> check Copy System Files - . click Start

checkbox.gif (68 bytes)  Go to c:\windows\command\ebd and double click the EBD.CAB.

checkbox.gif (68 bytes)  Hold the Ctrl key and click the following files (or any you want) to select them:

ATTRIB.EXE
EDIT.COM
EXT.EXE
FORMAT.COM
MSCDEX.EXE
SCANDISK.EXE
SYS.COM

checkbox.gif (68 bytes)  Right click any one of them while all of them are highlighted and extract to A: when prompted.

checkbox.gif (68 bytes)  Likewise, select the following files (or whatever files you want) from C:\windows\command\ebd and copy them to A:

AUTOEXEC.BAT
CONFIG.SYS
DRVSPACE.BIN
EXTRACT.EXE
FDISK.EXE
HIMEM.SYS

checkbox.gif (68 bytes)  Optionally, go to C:\windows\command and copy the following files (anything else you want and will fit on the floppy) to A:

XCOPY.EXE
XCOPY32.EXE
XCOPY.MOD

checkbox.gif (68 bytes)  Edit the config.sys file so it looks like this:

[menu]
menuitem=CD, Start computer with CD-ROM support.
menuitem=NOCD, Start computer without CD-ROM support.

[CD]
device=himem.sys /testmem:off

[NOCD]
device=himem.sys /testmem:off

[COMMON]
files=20
buffers=20
dos=high,umb
stacks=9,256
lastdrive=z

checkbox.gif (68 bytes)  Edit the Autoexec.bat file so it looks like this:

path=a:\;c:\windows;c:\windows\command
LH a:\MSCDEX.EXE /D:mscd001

Now, that wasn't too hard, was it?

checkbox.gif (68 bytes)  Go to ADDING A SPECIFIC CD-ROM DRIVER for instructions on adding the CD-ROM driver.

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