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Win 98 reformat

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by JKram, Feb 3, 2003.

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  1. JKram

    JKram Thread Starter

    Jun 28, 2001
    Did some research, but did not find anything of help.

    Trying to reformat friends computer, have created the boot disk and it works.

    Instructions say to go to "start" "shutdown" and "restart in msdos mode" i have tried that and all that happens is my screen flickers once. I then have no "clickability" on the start button any longer.

    After restarting, i went to msdos mode by going through the "start" menu to MSDOS mode and the window comes up.. i type the necessary information for reformating and I am told that "C" drive is in use by another application! GRRRR

    I have tried to install WIN98 over top of itself and it locks up when its "checking my system"

    OH WHAT to do... ???

    I just wanna WIPE it clean.. boot up and reinstall WIN98!!!
  2. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

    Jan 24, 2002
    hi, You need to boot from the bootdisk to native DOS.
    First, make sure you can see the CD drive from the bootdisk- put it in drive A: and restart. If you land at A:\
    and you saw the letter given for your CD drive as perhaps D: or E:, type that letter next to the A:\
    if you cant get there- try typing cd D: or E: and hit the Enter key after any command to run it. Like this:
    A:\cd D:

    Put the Windows CD into your CD drive.....and do this:
    D: or E:\dir
    and hit Enter, do you see a long list of files flash by?? This means you can "see" the CD and you should be able to install from the CD drive. There are other options.

    Hope you know what reinstalling involves...replacing drivers for lots of things...did you place files you need onto some other media like a CD or floppy disks?
    Do you have the Windows product Key ready to type in?
    Got a good idea of the hardware you need to make sure is reinstalled by Windows?
    After you have considered the above, and posted back that you A: are experienced and do want to format the hard drive
    or, B: might like to find out more, and be sent some links to good reinstalling windows pages
    will consider going further. Thanks, and get back to us!
  3. JKram

    JKram Thread Starter

    Jun 28, 2001
    I choose option B:

    I do think I know to a degree what I am doing though.. more than an amature.. maybe NOVICE level..
  4. Jtoast


    Oct 3, 2002
    1) download all drivers you need and burn them to cd. (or at least have your modem drivers on floppy/cd so you can download the rest.

    2) boot from floppy or cd.

    3) go to a:\ prompt and type "format C:" without the quotes.

    4) go smoke/watch tv/whatever and come back in 20 min or so depending on the speed of your system.

    5) boot from cd and follow prompts to reinstall windows.

    6) install drivers ONE AT A TIME
  5. JKram

    JKram Thread Starter

    Jun 28, 2001
    Thanks, working the issue now.. (handshake)
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