windows 98 installation methods


Method one

With your computer turned off, insert the boot disk.

  1. Turn on the computer.
    When the computer’s booted up do the following…
  2. type FDISK /MBR hit enter
    (this destroys the master boot record and re-creates it.  You should not see anything on the screen.)
  3. type FORMAT C: /U /S hit enter
    (this will format your hard drive and “SYS” it.  This means install the system files needed to boot up.  When it’s done you may enter a name for this drive if you wish.)
  4. Reboot the computer with the boot disk.
  5. Type C: hit enter
  6. Type MD CABS hit enter
  7. Type X: hit enter
    (where “X” is the drive letter for your CD-ROM make sure your Win98 CD is in the CD-ROM drive!)
  8. Type CD WIN98 hit enter
  9. Type COPY *.* C:CABS hit enter
    (what you’ve done is, you’ve made a folder called “cabs” on your hard drive, then copied all the files needed from your Win98 CD-ROM to that folder.  This way you will install from your hard drive.  Then, in the future if Win98 needs any files, it will automatically get them from there.  Also I’ve found that some people have a problem getting their CD-ROM to be recognized by Win98.  If that were to happen during the Win98 installation, you wouldn’t be  able to finish the install.  This method avoids this problem.)
  10. Reboot the computer without the boot disk.  NOTE: If you’re using an upgrade CD to do the install, skip step 10, and start the install while you’re booted off the bootdisk, this way you will have CD-ROM support when Windows wants proof.  At that point simply put your Win9x CD in, point to it in the browser, then put your install CD back in.  Remember to remove the boot disk before the next reboot!
  11. Type CD CABS hit enter
  12. Type SETUP hit enter
    (here you go! just follow the on-screen instructions and (hopefully *grin*) you will successfully install Win98

Method two

With your computer turned off, insert the boot disk.

  1. Turn on the computer.
    When the computer’s booted up do the following…
  2. Type FDISK /MBR hit enter
    (this destroys the master boot record and re-creates it. You should not see anything on the screen.)
  3. Type FORMAT C: /U hit enter
    (this will format your hard drive when it’s done you may enter a name for this drive if you wish.)
  4. Reboot the computer with the boot disk.
  5. Type X: hit enter
    (where “X” is the drive letter for your CD-ROM)
  6. Type CD WIN98 hit enter
  7. Type SETUP hit enter
    (and away you go. follow the on-screen instructions and good luck.)

Method three

For Win98 there is a third possible method to use.  You must have a ‘puter that can boot from a CD-ROM.  (The Win98 CD-ROM is bootable.)  You may have to go into your CMOS to change some settings to enable this.   (Please look at your ‘puter’s manual or go to the manufacturers website to find out how to do this.)

  1. Boot the computer with the Win98 CD.
  2. Then follow the prompts.

I personally do not like this method!  While you can FDISK, and FORMAT with this method it tends to get very confusing.  If Win98 detects a current install of Win95 or Win3x it assumes you want to do an upgrade instead of a full install!  I feel that a fresh install is the only way to do it!

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