Boot from that CD. After the OS is installed we install motherboard driver, video driver, audio drivers, firewall then run Windows Update.
It's very simple but all this would be far too much work if the hardware is broken in some way.
This is a follow-up to a question I asked on the Windows 98 forum back in June. ?Windows Explorer corrupted, but working more or less ?
Hardware: IBM Aptiva 216516J, OS: W98 Japanese. Bought 1999. 8GB HDD has about 1.5MB in bad sectors. Built-in CDROM drive is ''missing''. Presently using CD Burner via USB1.1. (I know I should give up and buy a new system, but that is difficult at present.) I have a ?Recovery Disk? only.
I have probably done everything wrong that I can so I need lots of help.
I replaced the HDD with a 40GB. My BIOS is updated to allow larger HDDs. I tried again hoping that the CD-ROM would suddenly spring back into life. It did once before after being missing for about two years. No such luck. I tried switching back to the old HDD but I get ?Boot Disk Failure?. I bought a new CD-R/W (Buffalo CRW-52FB) but the start-up disk don?t recognize it.
I have the start-up disk made before the IBM went completely south and the recovery disk but I am not sure just how to procede.
I also have a new, legal copy of Windows 2000. I wonder if it wouldn?t be better to forget about 98 for the time being and install 2000. I have an Idea that my start-up floppies don?t have the right driver for the CD-R/W. It may be on the CDROM that came with the drive, but how do I access it?
There must be a way to start from scratch and install the Windows 2000, but I am at a loss right now. (and this back-up laptop is acting up like it might go on strike at any time.
Has anybody got any ideas?