View Full Version : left boot discette in, can't boot windows now

02-24-2003, 06:17 PM
I formatted my HD, installed Win98, and all went well. But I accidentally left the boot discette in the a: drive when I restarted. Now I can only get an a or c prompt. How do I get Windows to boot again?

Paul Komski
02-24-2003, 07:11 PM
Are you getting to these command prompts with no floppy in the drive when you boot-up?

If windows is installed, then typing win at the C: prompt should startup windows - but not sure why it should open directly to the command prompt in the way that dos+win31 used to do; away to do more homework on that. :D

Looks like you need to edit msdos.sys so that BootGUI=1

(GUI=Graphical User Interface)

see: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q141721

02-25-2003, 01:04 AM
Typing win or windows didn't work. But in desperation, I hit cont-alt-del, and that rebooted to windows!

02-25-2003, 01:07 AM
Now that is just weird......:p :rolleyes:

02-25-2003, 02:02 AM
I've never been able to boot windows98 by typing win or windows. I think the win command works with windows95 though. Could be right, could be wrong...don't cost anything!

Paul Komski
02-25-2003, 04:44 PM
Seems you have to disable DMA first in Win98.

ref http://members.aol.com/axcel216/newtip10.htm

Sorry about that - but it's good to learn at least one new thing each day. ;)

Vic 970
02-25-2003, 04:57 PM
works on mine (98se) with DNA enabled.!

Paul Komski
02-25-2003, 05:40 PM
Out of interest Vic - does it work from the C root or from the Windows directory, since win.com is inside Windows or System or System32 - not sure because I don't have easy access to a Win98 system at the mo.

Vic 970
02-26-2003, 06:21 PM
Hi Paul,

It does it from both...,did it yesterday from a


and have just restarted in dos to


and done it from there.

strange ?

Paul Komski
02-27-2003, 08:13 PM
Other reasons why win won't work.

Could be problems with win.com

Or maybe the path isn't set in autoexec.bat