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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.
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.
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: