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Need help installing Windows 98 on old PC

I've just been given an old PC with no hard drive. I've stuck one of my old harddrives in but it isn't bootable and I need to install Win 98 on it.

I've changed the boot sequence in the bios for booting from DVD drive but when I boot up, the dos-prompt comes up but i can't get my DVD recognised.

So . . .two questions really. Do I need to format the drive (don't have fdisk, sadly) and how can I get support for the DVD drive ??

Thanks

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The DOS CD driver is...

In reply to: Need help installing Windows 98 on old PC

Specific to the make and model drive. I never tell people to try generic versions or duplicate web pages about how to edit the config.sys and autoexec.bat since that would be duplicating easy to find stuff.

Instead I want to know the make, model of the CD/DVD drive and if there is DOS support I'll share the link to that and an example config.sys and autoexec.bat.

I also don't teach how to edit files. If you ran DOS, that's done with edit.
Bob

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Make a startup floppy

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Find a friend that has a win98 "bootable floppy". This is also called a startup disk, which can also be made from a working win98 system. Google how to do that should you find a working win98 system.

If not, then goto, http://www.bootdisk.com and get the ver. of win98 you need, maybe just win98. You will need a working floppy to make that startup disk. Provided you have a working FD, and made it the 1st boot device in the bios, "A". Next, insert the bootable floppy and boot-up. It will prompt you for the win98 CD and it also should provide the necessary driver to make a CD drive accessible. Since, you mention DVD drive, it will act only as a CD drive, otherwise, you have a problem. Get your hands on CD drive if that's the case.

It things are OK, you should be able to load the win98 OS into the HD. You may want to reformat beforehand and then start the loading. Be darn sure you're reformatting the "C" drive or HD. The bootable floppy provides the files needed to reformat the HD.

Beware after a successful win98 install, you will need any drivers, etc., for video, audio, etc., if required as win98 may only provide generic versions and/or basic levels or none at all.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Possible solution

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I found something called Powersuite 2008 Professional which, allegedly, boots up from disk on all systems with DVD drive support - allowing installation of any Windows OS.

Anybody used it or know anything about it ??

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An old version of the Ultimate Boot CD

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Used to allow some sort of guided Windows 9x install.

All this can be fixed with a CD/DVD driver. If you can tell the make and model of that drive I'll see what I can find. Otherwise you need to keep trying DOS CD/DVD drivers till you find one that works.
Bob

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The computer don't have a floppy drive?

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If it has a floppy drive then Willy has the best solution.

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