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02-06-2003, 12:20 PM
I formatted my hard drive. Now I want to install Win98SE.

When I turn the computer on with a boot disc in the drive, I just get an a:\> prompt. I’m not asked if I want cdrom support. Am I supposed to do something to get the computer to boot from the disc?

I have several boot discs – one has only 1 file called BOOT98SE EXE, one is made from Win98, and one is borrowed and similar to the Win98 disc but has more files. Are they all appropriate?

02-06-2003, 02:38 PM
What you need is a Windows 98 STARTUP DISK made on your own PC.
Use that.
It includes a generic CD-ROM driver that will work with almost all CD-Drives.
The file is named “Oakcdrom.sys”.
You should also see “Ramdrive.sys” & “Ebd.cab”.

You use a DOS command at the prompt to run the “Setup.exe” file for Windows.
If you had previously copied these files to a partition other than c: you could have run them from there without the need for CD-ROM access [driver required].

If you intend to use the CD-ROM you must note the letter given to that CD-Drive.
A RAMdrive is created during the boot from the floppy and this sets the letters back by one.

Assuming the letter is E:

1. a:\>e:\setup [enter]
Is what you need.

Microsoft instructions are at the bottom of this web page

02-06-2003, 03:06 PM
If you don't have a Win98SE Startup disk, you can get one at www.bootdisk.com and it should offer to boot with CD support when you boot with it.