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'98 install creates 2 system directories

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by robn, Dec 7, 2001.

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  1. robn

    robn Thread Starter

    Apr 25, 2000
    I recently had to format my harddrive and reinstall '98SE. I noticed however that rather than installing to one directory (i.e. c:\windows) the install wrote to both a c:\windows directory as well as a c:\windows.000 directory. Each directory contains different system files.

    Why did this happen and how can I remove the c:\windows.000 directory yet make sure that windows knows the correct path for those files in it?
  2. Styxx

    Styxx Banned

    Sep 8, 2001
    If your computer works ok why mess with it?

    No really, if you formatted your HDD then with no directories created before you started install Setup prompts you if you want to use c:\Windows to install to and then creates the directory for you.

    You can then answer the question best yourself. Did you tell Windows Setup to use a different directory? And if not then did you create a Windows directory before the install?

    Otherwise since I've done dozens of formats and installs successfully, I know that if there is (A) only one primary DOS partition and (B) if the HDD is devoid of directories you create before the install (format wipes everything but partitions), there will be no other Windows directory created.

    If you put cab files in a directory you named Windows and ran the install from there and not a Windows install CD on your HDD you may have confused Windows Setup.

    Say how I can assist you.
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