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"This program cannot run in DOS mode" Win 98 Install

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#1 trace1350


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Posted 05 August 2009 - 05:49 PM

"This program cannot run in DOS mode" When I type setup from my disk drive :thumbsup:

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#2 garmanma


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Posted 05 August 2009 - 08:25 PM

What program would that be?
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#3 Romeo29


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Posted 05 August 2009 - 10:00 PM

On Win98 CD you have to change to the folder "win98" by doing cd win98 before you can type setup to run the setup.

On Win98 CD there is a file setup.exe in the root folder. This is supposed to be run from within Windows only.
The real Win98 setup.exe and all the other setup files are inside a sub-folder win98.

If we assume that your CD drive letter is E:, then I guess you were trying to run E:\setup.exe instead of E:\win98\setup.exe.

What I personally used to do when installing Win98 was :
1. boot into DOS mode using a floppy with CD drivers.
2. Copied folder win98 from CD to hard disk, so that I had C:\win98
3. Then run setup from c:\win98\setup.exe

This way setup was faster and later whenever Win98 needed Win98 CD for updating some component, it just copied files from c:\win98

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