From your description (went to a black screen and wouldn't work) it's not clear at all that reinstalling the OS would be the solution of this problem. To me, it's not even probable.
You can reinstall Windows from the full CD, if there's no Windows 98 present. Formatting the hard disk is a secure, but rather crude way of doing that, and you will lose everything that's on the hard disk.
The usual solution to this dilemma is to rename c:\windows\win.com to anything else (like c:\windows\win.old). That's the trick to tell the setup there isn't yet a Windows 98 on the machine. I assume you've got a valid productkey at hand to enter when the setup wants that.
The DOS-command, I think: rename c:\windows\win.com win.old
If that doesn't work, execute the following 3 commands:
A:\>c: to go to the c-drive
C:\>cd \windows to go to the windows folder
C:\windows>rename win.com win.old
Then reboot from the diskette and try again.
Hope this helps.
Hello, I am trying to reboot my daughters IBM Thinkpad with Win 98. I tried installing it since it went to a black screen and wouldnt work. So I put in a boot disc and then did set up via the cdrom. But after loading it says that it was already installed and that I needed to run an upgrade of Win 98. then it goes to the A: prompt. I tried taking all the disc and cd out and restarting but it doesnt work. How can I get this to run windows. I am at a loss since it has been years since I have used DS and do not recall anything to save me. Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated. I have an 8 year old who is driving me more nuts then usual. And to be honest I really dont want her on my computer. :O)
Any shortcuts or anything would be great!!!