98se to XP but won`t boot to cdrom ?

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Chillr

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Hi Folks ! Got new xp2 to install but can`t get 98se to boot to my cdrom? Changed order in bios to just CDROM + all others DISABLED to no avail ? Liked to format the C drive but not till i`m sure i can boot to cdrom which comes up showing there`s a "boot FAILURE" . Please help guys - been two weeks now. Thx Chillr :)
 

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What are you trying to do? Do you want to install Windows 98SE on a new computer? If so, is the CD-ROM to install Windows 98SE bootable? I've never encountered one that is. I've always had to use a floppy to install Windows 98SE.

Windows 98SE might not run properly on a new computer. The hardware manufacturers aren't likely to supply drivers for it.
 

Chillr

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Thx 4 your response ! DH ... So ur saying i cannot upgrade to XP cause my cdrom 98se is unable to boot to my xp2 cd ? Hints or help plz
 
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I'm a bit confused. If you are trying to install WinXP then you should be booting with the WinXP CD not the Win98 CD.
 

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not all 98 cd's were bootable. i had to use a bootdisk when i needed to install 98/98se.
 
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Why are you trying to boot from the 98 CD if you're trying to install windows XP? are you trying to reformat your hard drive to do a clean install?
 

Chillr

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Hi guys ! Now let me clearly state cause there seems 2 be some confusion here . I have 98se already in puter been runnin for 5 YEARS ! Now im trying to INSTALL XP2 . I have new XP2 installation CD. Now i`d like to install or be able to boot up directly to this XP2 CD from my CDROM BUT CANNOT ! And yes i`d like to clean install, but problem still remains i cANNOT get BIOS to change order. To BOOT from my cdrom which CONTAINS my XP2 installation CD in mr CDROM. Sane reponses would be very much appreciated. Thank you aLL ! Chillr
 
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In your original post, you said you disabled the other items from booting in BIOS. Just set the order as CD-ROM, Hard Drive, Floppy then whatevers left as last. Don't disable any of them.
Windows 98 doesn't have anything to do with booting to CD-ROM, that happens before Windows loads.

Also make sure your old machine can handle XP; it's much more demanding than 98SE.
The minimum requirements Microsoft lists are a joke, you want around 700MhZ CPU and 384 RAM to run half-decently.

Good luck.
 

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Is this a legitimate Windows XP installation CD? If it's a copy, it probably won't boot.
 

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For computers that do not have bootable CDROM drives but do have floppy drives, you can make a set of six XP boot floppies: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310994

After set your PC to boot from the floppy drive, insert the disks and follow the prompts until asked to insert the XP CD.
 
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