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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by chavezn2004, Feb 2, 2005.

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  1. chavezn2004

    chavezn2004 Thread Starter

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    i just reformated my computer by restarting in ms-dos mode and typing format c:, and it went through the stuff and i restarted it after it was done and when my computer loaded so i could install windows 98 this screen came up "INVALID SYSTEM DISK REPLACE THE DISK, AND THEN PRESS ANY KEY" can somebody please help me? i already asked the stupid people are gateway and they couldnt tell me nothing so i started searching and found this site so could somebody please help me? thanks
     
  2. kimmer13

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    when you formatted it, you wiped it clean of all files, but without the /s switch, it also made the c: drive non-bootable. you now need to boot with a removable disk, like a floppy or a bootable CD. what do you have for reinstalling windows - a boot disk + cd or just a cd?
     
  3. Bob Cerelli

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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, Move, 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
     
  4. chavezn2004

    chavezn2004 Thread Starter

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    I have just a cd
     
  5. Bob Cerelli

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    Then download either the bootable floppy or CD I just posted.
     
  6. chavezn2004

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    my brother just made a boot disk and when we put it in it brought up the screen and now its saying the cd rom wont work what do i do now?
     
  7. Bob Cerelli

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    What boot disk did you download (floppy or CD)

    Is a drive letter being assigned to the CD ROM drive.

    What is the exact error you get when you try and access it.
     
  8. chavezn2004

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    i used floppy, win 98 se oem bootdisk. the boot disk worked and it asked it i wanted to start the computer with cd rom support or no cd rom support, i clicked on with cd rom support and it started going. then it said that it is aborting the installation because a cd rom drive was not found.
     
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