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HD formatted, now what?

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by stinkwood, Feb 6, 2003.

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  1. stinkwood

    stinkwood Thread Starter

    Feb 6, 2003
    I formatted my hard drive. Now I want to install Win98SE.
    When I turn the computer on with a boot disc in the drive, I just get an a:\> prompt. It doesn't seem like it's "booting" from the boot disc, as I was expecting. Am I supposed to do something to get the computer to boot from the discette, and to get the cd rom to work? I downloaded the boot disc from bootdisc.com.
  2. cybertech

    cybertech Retired Moderator

    Apr 16, 2002
    Sounds like you need to go into the BIOS and make the start up drive be the CD. Do you know how to access the BIOS?
  3. pyritechips

    pyritechips Gone but Never Forgotten

    Jun 2, 2002
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    Do you have a proper Win98 boot disc? If you do and boot from it you should get a choice of starting with or without CD-ROM support. Make sure you select with support.

    A boot disc loads a temporary RAM drive, which willpush your CD-ROM drive letter back one. If it was D: it will now be E:. If you select CD-ROM support and enter E:, you should get a E:> prompt. Insert your Windows CD and merely type setup then enter.

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