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Heeeelllllpppp!

I am trying to re-install Windows98 to repair a severely corrupt version.
The computer belongs to a friend and she doesn't have the Win98 CD. But I have one of my own that I am trying to use. I continually get the error that the CD is for a new installation ONLY and that I need to buy the "upgrade CD".
I KNOW there's a way to make this one work. I have tried deleting the swap file, deleting IO.SYS and MSDOS.SYS, and every other system file that I can find. I still get the error during the setup process.
What's worse, is that I have messed around with it so much that now it won't start up at all without a boot disk.

So my question is: what files must I delete in order to use this CD for installation.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi, whats stopping a re-format??

If that isnt an option then delete the file win.com and it should stop it sayin that the installation cant be upgraded from that version of windows.

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Thanks Daniel,
I don't want a complete format because there is software that I don't want her to lose.

She doesn't understand the importance of saving program disks.
I will remind her ..... again.

I will let you know if that worked here in about 5 min.

Thanks again,
Mike
 

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Deleting WIN.COM seems to have worked.
Proceeding with installation

THANK YOU !!!!
 

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Hi folks> I believe in doing things quickly, but getting the most for my time- therefore, I use search engines a lot. It is truly amazing what you can find out in about 3 sconds flat, using things like Google.com-----here is the result of typing
Delete WIN.COM to reinstall
into a google search bar.

There is enough reinstall tricks and info to keep anyone busy for a long time. This is how easy it is to find what you want, quickly....only problem, you get mixed results, lots of forum results, (not as good as TSG:p ) so you have to read through with an eye out for mistakes. The good sites stand out plainly enough I think. Try these and see for yourself!

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RATS!
Where did I stick that old book?

Naturally, I need to find the friggin' OEM number.
 
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