View Full Version : Windows 98 starts up from floppy and not hard drive

09-14-2000, 09:14 PM
I have a weird situation with my computer. I created a Windows 98 boot up disk from a computer that has the first edition of Windows 98. I did the fdisk on my hard drive and format c:/s. I thought I installed Windows without a problem. Now in order for Windows to boot up and run the boot up floppy must be in the drive. Windows won't start up and run without it. My question is what do I need to do so that Windows will boot up from the hard drive. Do I need to reinstall the files? Should I copy the files from the boot up disk to the hard drive? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you

der King Mongo
09-14-2000, 09:18 PM
SIGH. I thought I knew so much about computers, but I'm unable to answer even the simplest of questions around here with any certainty. HOWEVER, that's not going to stop me from trying!!

Did you set the boot order in your BIOS? Maybe that's what did it. Force it to boot Hard Drive first.

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09-14-2000, 09:33 PM
Never stop offering suggestions. That's how I learn. Yes, I did try setting the BIOS to boot from the hard drive first. It doesn't work.

Charles Kozierok
09-14-2000, 09:34 PM
What happens if you try to boot with nothing in the floppy drive? Need to know that to figure this out.

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Paleo Pete
09-14-2000, 11:18 PM
Boot to the floppy and type sys c: and see if that does it. I'm betting when you formatted you left out the /s switch.

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09-15-2000, 02:42 PM
In fdisk, make sure your primary partition (C http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif is activated. If not, it won't try to boot from it.


09-16-2000, 04:31 PM
Thank you for the replies: - Yes when I formatted the hard drive I did do the format c:/s. When I try booting from the hard drive I get the annoying message about typing the command interpreter. I will try doing the Sys C and see if that works. If not I will get back to you all. Thanks