I'm trying to install Windows 98 on an Athlon XP machine. Every time the setup launches I get an error message that just says "Setup Cannot Continue" with a red X icon and that's it, no error message or code or anything. I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do at this point, there's nothing really to google with an error message like that.
I've formatted the drive manually and run scandisk on the first 10% or so with no bad sectors found, a Linux live CD runs fine so I'm reasonably sure that the memory is OK. I'm a bit limited in what I can do to poke at this problem since the machine won't boot from USB and I'm out of CD-R discs. Tonight I'm going to run memtest if I can find it on a CD I already have and run scandisk fully in case the temp files are being written into bad sectors or something when it tries to install.
Another issue is I'm using an ISO I found for OEM computers. This was the only bootable Win98 ISO I could find and I don't have any floppy disks or even a drive in any other computers to write a boot disk. Is this somehow locked out from installing on "normal" computers? I'm not really sure how it would know it's not an OEM machine.
It also may be that the motherboard and CPU are a bit new, but the chipset has Win98 drivers so I thought Win98 would install easily. It's a 3200+ and the chipset is a Via KT400 or KT400a.
I'm at a bit of a loss here though, so any ideas you guys have I'll give a shot. Thanks.