actually, step 4 is turn on computer.
5. place winME CD in CD-Rom
6. choose "boot from CD-Rom"
7. it'll display OEM Driver 0 = D ... OEM Driver 1 = E. or some variation on that theme.
8. it' have the A:\ _ with the ( _ ) blinkin'
9. type in ... D:\
10. it should take that command unless the letters vary. A:\ would be the floppy and you're tryin' to get the system to read the CD-Rom. IF the command is accepted, then a new line will appear starting with D:\ _ (with, you guessed it, the _ blinkin')
11. type in ... fdisk
12. choose Set Active Partition (probably (2) of the choices presented)
13. it'll indicate what the disk has now. I'll guess it identifies a FAT32 situation of some %
14. choose (1) make it active.
17. choose setup Windows ME
18. A:\ change to D:\ as above
19. type in D:\winME\format C:
20. that should get it to display: Formatting Hard Disk. Please wait; set-up is formatting your hard disk. it'll display progress in %'s
21. next should be "seup" is preparing to install Windows". with an initialization step first folloewed by others.
22 then "performing a routine check of your system". you may have to press enter to continue
23. it'll enter ScanDisk mode.
24. it'll setup the registry
25. eventually you'll want to make the choice to boot from Hard Drive instead of the CD-Rom with help or just from CD-Rom alone.
26. when it boots from hard drive, you have an installation.
Now, this is for reference because I don't know for a fact how winME differs from win98 in it's exact load process. Basically I mention the above to help you understand that loading the OS will require that you follow prompts, use the Command Prompt screen and kinda how it works. the steps basically are:
- CD in to be read
- fdisk with wipe existing drive
- re-formatting is required
- setting up partitions is required
- boot from CD-Rom is first
- boot from CD-Rom w/ help might be in the sequence
- boot from HD will be what you want as the final stage
- exactly how it goes, maybe someone else can contribute
- winME might offer the FAT32 or FAT16 which are file system organizations. FAT32 is preferred, and I don't think an option exists for NTFS, but if it does, keep in mind what system was on the PC before you enacted a re-load to make sure it will be able to "read" his data that may/may not be backed up onto CD's. If I had CD's from win98 that I was using FAT32 at the time I made them, I'd be outta luck tryin' to get them to work right now that I use NTFS, which IMO is better.
Best thing to do is to keep in mind this. The computer can sit and wait for your decisions along the way to final reload. Just let it ... and post or email for questions as you go along if that seems safer to you. The data will be lost. Get over it at the start, and you can re-do most anything you do while reloading. You're not crashing the system... it isn't up to be able to crash, yet.