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Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2001 - 8:06 pm:   

I was looking at the steps For installing Windows 98 in the Operating System section. At the bottom the steps for install and format listed as:

at the A: prompt type D:
(or whatever letter was assigned if you have multiple partitions)
type cd win98
type format C: /s
(/s will transfer the system files to the hard drive after the format, making your drive bootable.)

I'm no expert but when ever I have installed I've always have done the format first. Can you run the format and install in this order? Thanks, Charlie
Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 6:07 am:   

yes this formats the hard drive and puts the system files on.
V (Vera)
Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 6:31 am:   

at the A: prompt type D:----( has been booted up with the startup floppy in place.
typed D:----( to change over to the D: drive to access the windows installation disk in the cd drive.)
(or whatever letter was assigned for the cd-drive if you have multiple partitions)

type cd win98---- ( to Change Directories into the win98 folder contained on the win98 cd-rom )

type format C: /s---- ( using the format utility contained on the cd instead of the one on the floppy )
(/s will transfer the system files to the hard drive after the format, making your drive bootable.)

at this point, what is being done is formating and tranfering the system files on to the c: drive making it bootable. The windows operating system has not yet been installed but the disk is prepared.

Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2001 - 12:56 pm:   

I normally boot with a win98 start up disc, then format c:\ (or fdisk it then format) re-boot from floppy with cd-rom support type c: "md win98" at the command prompt (this creates a win98 directory on the HD) then cd, d: cd\win98 - then type "copy *.* c:\win98" this copies all the win 98 cab files etc into the c:\win98.dir, then go c: cd\win98 and "setup" off you go - never need to insert the win98 cd again, The correct location of the cabs is actually c:\windows\options\cabs
done by typing md (make directory) from command
prompt in each sub-dir.Not much point in copying old system files onto the HD to make it bootable - you still won't have CD support - the Win98 start-up disc does all this.
V (Vera)
Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2001 - 5:49 pm:   

In this case I was trying to explain the sequence of instructions as explained. I agree it is best to copy the Win98 folder to harddrive for the same reasons you do. In most cases copying system files ( /s )isn't necessary but there are cases where it is very useful.


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