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Windows 9X Setup

Preparing the Drive

Before you can install or reinstall Windows you must prepare the hard drive. How you do this depends on the tools available and which version of Windows you are installing.

Windows 95

Win95 does not ship with a CDROM boot disk. You will either have to create one or have the customer download one. The Windows 95 Startup Disk created in Add/Remove Programs-Startup Disk is NOT a CDROM boot disk.

Windows 98

Using the Setup Disk

Windows 98 ships to the customer shrink wrapped with the CD, the Setup boot floppy and the book with the product id number.

The setup disk is a CDROM boot disk.

Windows 98 Startup Disk

The Windows 98 Startup Disk or Emergency Startup Disk (ESD) created in Add/Remove Programs-Startup Disk is a CDROM boot disk. However, it also loads a virtual RAM disk using upper memory.

If you boot to the ESD and try to install Win98 running setup you will probably get an out-of-memory error.

Also note that the FDISK command is found on the floppy (A:) while the FORMAT command is found on the RAMdrive (usually D:).

Preferred Method of Install

To avoid repeat calls, the best method of install is to:

  1. FDISK and FORMAT the drive if necessary. Otherwise DELTREE the WINDOWS directory.

  2. Create a WIN98 directory on the C: drive.

  3. Copy the contents of the WIN98 directory on the CDROM to the WIN98 directory on the hard drive by typing:

    Copy x:\win98\*.* c:\win98 where x is the letter of the CDROM drive.

  4. Make the C: drive bootable by changing to the floppy drive (A:) and typing SYS C:.

    Note: if you are using the ESD floppy you will need to change to the RAMdrive and copy the sys.com file to A: first.

  5. Reboot to the C: prompt, change to the WIN98 directory, type Setup and press enter.

  6. Follow the onscreen information to complete the Windows setup. Be sure to install Windows in the C:\Windows directory.