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HOW TO INSTALL WINDOWS ME 
Last updated: 9/14/00

If you don't have a previous operating system on your computer:

  1. Turn off your computer.

  2. Insert the Boot Disk in drive A

  3. Turn on your computer.

  4. Select option 1 to install Windows Millennium Edition

Here is what one gets on the screen When the floppy boots:

  1. Help

  2. Start computer with CD-ROM support

  3. Start computer without CD-ROM support

  4. Minimal boot

Partition the hard disk.  "Help" looks to me like an illogical choice for a tech at a computer "hardware service organization."  A tech probably would not read all of the cleanhd.txt file (I didn't) and choose "4.  Minimal boot" to fdisk the drive and avoid having to wait for the CD-ROM drivers to load.  That works.  Use FDISK to create a new partition on your new hard disk as follows:

A:\>fdisk

Will produce the following screen:

Your computer has a disk larger than 512 MB. This version of Windows includes improved support for large disks, resulting in more efficient use of disk space on large drives, and allowing disks over 2 GB to be formatted as a single drive.

IMPORTANT: If you enable large disk support and create any new drives on this disk, you will not be able to access the new drive(s) using other operating systems, including some versions of Windows 95 and Windows NT, as well as earlier versions of Windows and MS-DOS. In addition, disk utilities that were not designed explicitly for the FAT32 file system will not be able
to work with this disk. If you need to access this disk with other operating systems or older disk utilities, do not enable large drive support. [this is usually not a problem]
Do you wish to enable large disk support (Y/N)...........? [Y]

Press the Enter key to accept the default [Y] for FAT32.  You will get the following menu:

FDISK Options

Current fixed disk drive: 1

Choose one of the following:

1. Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive
2. Set active partition
3. Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive
4. Display partition information


Enter choice: [1]


Press Esc to exit FDISK

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