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The commands you type are in bold and you must include the spaces as seen in the commands given.
Formatting a hard drive and loading an operating system:
From a powered down machine (after you’ve saved everything and noted all the info you’ll need like the operating system key and desired layout of drives!)
Boot from Windows floppy – no CD support (cold boot, with floppy inserted. Proper disk files available at »www.bootdisk.com)
At A: prompt:(to wipe current partition if present)
Large disk support? Always yes!
3.1 – delete primary partition (3.1 means on the first screen you choose 3, on the next screen you choose 1)
Esc back out of fdisk to A: prompt
CAD to reboot (CAD is Control, Alt, Delete)
At A: prompt: (start here for new drive)
Large disk? Y
Use maximum allowed? N. (yes only if you want only one drive)
1.1 – create primary partition, (X gb) esc (this is your C drive)
1.2 – create extended partition, (X gb, continuing until all wanted partitions are created) ESC
2.1 – set active partition – MUST REMEMBER (This is your C drive)
4.0 – to verify partition sizes
Esc back to A: prompt
CAD to reboot
FORMAT C: , enter, y for yes
FORMAT D: , enter, y for yes
Repeat for all drive letters
CAD to reboot
To install using just the CD:
Boot with the CD support, change the directory (CD) to the cd drive letter and run SETUP from there.
To copy .cab files, follow the instructions below:
At prompt, boot with CD support
Take note of location of diagnostic files (this will be displayed on the screen)
Take note of CD drive letter (on screen as well)
Change to X: drive – X: (where X: is where you're putting the files, C:, D: etc.)
Create new directory – MD WIN9X, verify with dir command (type DIR at D: and make sure it says WIN9X)
Copy needed files – G: (where G: is the cd drive, it will vary by set up) , enter, COPY G:\WIN98 D:\WIN98
You can either run the setup from the C: drive, or you can copy them to a different partition and install from there. Installing from a second partition will allow these files to be saved if you format the C: drive and setup can be run again without copying the CD each time.
***Note: Many manufacturers use \WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS as the location of the cab file store.
When copying is finished, D: , enter, CD\WIN9x , SETUP, enter, enter
REMEMBER TO REMOVE FLOPPY WHEN “CREATE STARTUP DISK SCREEN” IS FIRST SEEN DURING INSTALL!!!!!!