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How do I reformat HD & go from ME to 98se


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#1 rwzewe

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 07:59 PM

I have a friend who has ME, and the operating system is totally corrupted, tried everything won't give it any more of my time. However she lost all of her original restore CD's that came with the computer. I happen to have a complete copy of Win98SE and told her I'd reload it in place of her ME. Then after that, I suggested that she upgrade to XP w/SP2.

It's been a while since I reformatted a harddrive, and since I'm going from ME to 98SE.....?

What's the process? Won't I need a boot floppy disk?

Thanks for any help.

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 11:26 PM

Hi rwzewe,
Yes you will need a startup floppy - can you boot the existing ME in safe mode to enable you to write one? Go to Control Panel, Add/Remove programs and there is a tab for 'startup disk'. If you can't do that make one on another computer, they're not specific.

Then these are the steps I would recommend:

1. Boot from the startup floppy with CDROM support and at the A: prompt type "FORMAT C:" without the quotes. If you are sure answer "Y" to the warning.

2. Put the Win98 CD in the CDROM drive. Because of the way the startup disk boots this will most likely be your E: drive.

3. At the A: prompt type "C:" (no quotes) return, then "MKDIR WIN98" return. This should make a new directory on your hard drive called WIN98. Check this by typing "DIR".

4. At the C: prompt type "E:" then DIR, you should see several directories listed including one called WIN98. If not you are on the wrong drive and you need to try different drive letters until you find your CDROM. When you see WIN98 type "CD WIN98" then "COPY *.* C:\WIN98". This will copy the contents of the Windows folder to your hard drive (which makes installation and future changes easier).

5. When the copy is done type "C:\" then "CD WIN98". Do a DIR to check there are files ending in CAB present. then type "Setup".

6. Now you are in the Windows 98 installation program and you follow the prompts.

Good luck!
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Posted 07 May 2005 - 09:44 AM

Thank you very much.

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 10:13 AM

Further to what Rimmer said, if you cannot create a Windows boot disk go to the following site:

Boot Disks

Visual instructions can be found on installing Windows 98 at the following location:

Windows 98 installation instructions

I prefer Rimmers method of copying the *.cab files to the Hard disk 1st.


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Edited by Joshuacat, 07 May 2005 - 10:26 AM.

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 03:50 PM

Thanks to both of you as I utilized both of your posts! It's done! Reformatted and Win98se loaded successfully.

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 08:29 PM

Good work, thanks for letting us know! :thumbsup:

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