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help installing windows

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by chavezn2004, Feb 9, 2005.

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  1. chavezn2004

    chavezn2004 Thread Starter

    Feb 2, 2005
    I reformated my computer 2 days ago by restarting in ms-dos mode and typed format c: it went throught the steps and when i restarted a screen came up that said "invalid system disk replace the disk and then press any key" I put in a boot disk and it came a screen that said do u want to start your computer with cd rom support or not. i clicked yes and I go to e: and D: and type setup and it says "CDR101: Not ready reading drive E Abort,retry,fail?" does anybody know anything about this stuff, i talked to a gateway guy and he told me that i need a windows 95 cd to install all the files again or something like that.
  2. rugrat


    Dec 16, 2001
    When you did the format C:, you wiped out all files on the hard drive. In order to get it running now, you need a copy of your operating system. This should be a win95 cd or win98 cd etc... When you have the cd in the drive, boot with the boot floppy and select yes for cd rom support. Go to E: and type setup. This should start installing the operating system. If you do not have a cd, you are going to need to purchase one. Any files you had on the drive are now gone.

    P.S. The boot disk does not have an operating system on it, just basic files to start the machine so you can install an operating system.

    Good Luck
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