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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by kevin55rc, Jan 25, 2005.

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  1. kevin55rc

    kevin55rc Thread Starter

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    Sir rugrat, i downloaded what you said to a floppy, its went as you said through its systems install, at the command prompt i tried putting in format c as you said and i would not recognize the command. any other ideas, and thanks again for helping out this greenhorn.

    Kevin
     
  2. Bob Cerelli

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    Not sure what boot disk you downloaded but not all have the format command.

    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
     
  3. kevin55rc

    kevin55rc Thread Starter

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    thanks Bob, im digesting all this as i can, i will try your sugestions and go from there.

    kevin
     
  4. Bob Cerelli

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    Probably the simplest thing to do is just download the boot image and create a new floppy. Then boot with it to access your CD ROM.

    For some ideas on how to install Win9x, see:
    http://www.onecomputerguy.com/install/win9x_install.htm

    Topics covered are:
    Overview
    FDISK and/or FORMAT
    First Time Install
    Simple Re-Install - (Over Existing Installation)
    Clean Installation or Upgrade - (Keeping Windows & Program Files Directories)
    New Installation - (Removing Original Files without a Format)
     
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