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Can't Install Windows :( - Help !

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Wet Chicken, Dec 15, 2001.

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  1. Wet Chicken

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    I was having trouble with Windows ME and I wanted to delete it and then install Windows 98 fresh. I formatted the drive (C) and now the computer 3 1/2 drive hangs when I try to boot up and install Windows.

    I thought that when you formated a drive completely it wiped everything so that you could start from scratch...

    If I have to reinstall DOS before I can install Win98 that is fine, but how do I do it? How do I install anything if the floppy drive doesn't work?
     
  2. rkselby98

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    The 3 1/2 floppy has nothing to do with the hard drive. Try another 3 1/2 floppy with the start up files or try cleaning the floppy drive. It could be dirty and not reading the drive right or one of the files on the floppy might be corrupt.
     
  3. Wet Chicken

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    I tried several floppy disk, one with DOS on it and the old Win 98 and Win ME boot up disk that allows to use the CD player, and they both start reading from the drive and then they just hang...

    I also tried to clean the drive but it's acting the same way.

    I installed the 3 1/2" drive in another computer and it works fine, so I don't think it's the drive (may be drivers?)

    Any other ideas???
     
  4. rkselby98

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    The win 98 boot disk is the best to use. It has the cd drivers you need but if it just starts to read it and stops it sounds like it is the floppy going bad if you cleaned it and it does it with all the boot disks.

    Actually all of the floppies boot disk have dos on them. You might try a floppy that someone else made, maybe when you made them your floppy wasn't working right and didn't write to the disk correctly but this I have my doubts. I'd rather believe either the floppy is going bad or else check the ribbons to the floppy and make sure you have a good connection.
     
  5. Wet Chicken

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    OK thanks Rick, I'll try another boot disk.

    There is a web site where I can download (new) one, do you know where it is located at? I can't remember the URL.
     
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    Thanks, I've got my fingers crossed. Hope it works, it's supposed to be a Christmas gift :D

    Thanks again...
     
  8. rkselby98

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    Well we will be here to help you if you run into problems. There is always someone here to help.

    If you need help installing windows check my web site. I have the instructions for doing a clean install on it.

    http://www.rselby.com/Windows.html#13
     
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