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.