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guy123

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hey everyone.

i have a lil laptop with a small hard drive and i want to formatt it (it is currently on windows xp) and i want then to install windows 98.

but my memory seems to have failed on me once again and i kind need some help.

so basically, how do i format my hard drive so i do NOT have windowns xp, and then install windows 98 form cd?


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Just boot from a floppy. Run fdisk to remove all partitions and then set up new ones as you want. Then, run format from the floppy answering "y" to any questions about large drive support.
Startup floppy--->

Then, insert the CD, start setup from the floppy, and you're off.

The Madboot floppy will automate much of this for you:

www.madboot.com
 

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ok well there are afew things that compicate this.
i am using a laptop with only room for one drive. i have a floppy drive and a cd drive, with both the windows 98 startup disk and the windows98 cd-rom. but i cannot have both drives plugged in at any onetime. i do not have either an external cable.

so it is hard because it always complains about not being able to find somehting form the cd or vice versa.

whenever i just boot with only the cd-drive in (with the win98 cd) it just says "Missing operating system".

plus also this is a laptop i got from a firend so neither do i or my friend know the password to enter the setup. at somepoint if i need to i will remove and then replace the cmos battery but as you may well know operating on the insides of a laptop is a pain in the *** because i have to replace all the key etc.


Please help asap as i can only fiddle with it for aboutan hour of so before i have to go round to my gielfriends house.

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I have a section with instructions for creating a boot disk at:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/install/floppies.htm

There is also the generic one which you can download and extract at:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/software/win98_img.exe

There are a lot of the DOS utilities there that don't normally get added when you make one from Win98. For example Diskcopy, Doskey, Format, More, Sys, Edit, Chkdsk, Deltree, Extract, Fdisk, Attrib, Label, Mem, Scandisk, Scanreg, Smartdrv and Xcopy.

Not only are there more utilities on there but it starts much faster since it doesn't have to create the RAM disk and then expand the cab file from the floppy to that RAM disk.

It automatically loads with support for a generic CD ROM and assigns it the drive letter of X:

There is also a CD ROM boot image you can download at:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/software/win_boot.iso
 
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Also, if you have NTFS on the drive, you will likely need to run FDISK to remove this non-dos partition.

See http://www.onecomputerguy.com/install/fdisk.htm for some ways to use FDISK. Topics included are:
Overview and Getting Started
Partitioning a New Drive - Single Large Partition
Partitioning a New Drive - Multiple Partitions
Deleting a Single Partition
Deleting Multiple Partitions
Deleting a NTFS Partition
Fixing the Master Boot Record
 
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