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Old June 9th 04, 07:03 PM
DL
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Default Clean Install of Windows 98

Jeff, thanks for replying back to my post about
performing a clean install of Windows 98. See, I was a
little unsure because when I did this with Windows Xp
last month it seemed that the fdisk utility and the
formatting were all built into the Windows Xp
installation Cd that came with my pc. Very simple and
straightforward. I have an old computer running Windows
98 and wanted to do this but noticed you had to a make
boot disc and use those utilities before running setup.
However, you mentioned that you can format a disc without
actually running fdisk. Thats why I asked because when I
tried formatting the disc without deleting the old C:
partition, its said something that installing two OS into
the same partition can cause problems. So, I deleted the
old one and I recreated it like you mentioned and
formatted it. I will make the boot through Windows
before I do this but if not I will utilize the web page
you mentioned. Also, I lost my original Windows 98
installation disc, is it okay to use his disc and use my
product key that came with mine?

Thanks, DL (I tried emailing you but it was returned
back to me)






-----Original Message-----
Some Windows installation CDs were bootable, most

weren't. You can get a
utility to create a boot disk from www.bootdisk.com.

You can simply format
the existing partition, or delete it and re-create it,

as you choose.
There's no need to run FDISK if you are formatting

only. I always figure
that if I am going as far as a full format, why not go

that little bit
further and delete everything and start afresh. It only

takes a few minutes
extra.
--
Jeff Richards
MS MVP (DTS)
"DL" wrote in

message
...
Hi, I have question in regards of doing a clean install
of Windows 98. Do I have to make a Windows 98 boot

disc
inorder to boot the computer into setup. I have
successfully done a clean install of Windows XP by
changing the boot sequence in my BIOS settings to boot
from the CDROM to get into setup. I read on another
website that you can also do this with the Windows 98
installation disc? Is this true? Also when doing a

clean
install of Windows 98 and I run the fdisk and format
utility do I have to delete the existing partition C:
first and creat a new one before formatting? Any help

or
advice would be appreciated.



.

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Old June 9th 04, 11:40 PM
Jeff Richards
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Default Clean Install of Windows 98

I think your problem with formatting might have been because you were trying
to do it within Windows - the message you mention is not associated with the
format but with the installation of the OS. If there is any suggestion of
another OS having been installed on the machine, I would recommend deleting
any partitions and re-creating them - there are a number of differences
between partitions created with different versions of the OS.

Some OEM Windows 9x CDs did a complete repartitioning and fresh install, but
even in those cases I prefer to do it for myself.

The general opinion on using installation CDs is that if you have your own
COA and ID then the CD you use to do the install doesn't really matter, but
note that the www site I mentioned is for a utility to create a boot disk -
it does not have installation CDs.
--
Jeff Richards
MS MVP (DTS)
"DL" wrote in message
...
Jeff, thanks for replying back to my post about
performing a clean install of Windows 98. See, I was a
little unsure because when I did this with Windows Xp
last month it seemed that the fdisk utility and the
formatting were all built into the Windows Xp
installation Cd that came with my pc. Very simple and
straightforward. I have an old computer running Windows
98 and wanted to do this but noticed you had to a make
boot disc and use those utilities before running setup.
However, you mentioned that you can format a disc without
actually running fdisk. Thats why I asked because when I
tried formatting the disc without deleting the old C:
partition, its said something that installing two OS into
the same partition can cause problems. So, I deleted the
old one and I recreated it like you mentioned and
formatted it. I will make the boot through Windows
before I do this but if not I will utilize the web page
you mentioned. Also, I lost my original Windows 98
installation disc, is it okay to use his disc and use my
product key that came with mine?

Thanks, DL (I tried emailing you but it was returned
back to me)






-----Original Message-----
Some Windows installation CDs were bootable, most

weren't. You can get a
utility to create a boot disk from www.bootdisk.com.

You can simply format
the existing partition, or delete it and re-create it,

as you choose.
There's no need to run FDISK if you are formatting

only. I always figure
that if I am going as far as a full format, why not go

that little bit
further and delete everything and start afresh. It only

takes a few minutes
extra.
--
Jeff Richards
MS MVP (DTS)
"DL" wrote in

message
.. .
Hi, I have question in regards of doing a clean install
of Windows 98. Do I have to make a Windows 98 boot

disc
inorder to boot the computer into setup. I have
successfully done a clean install of Windows XP by
changing the boot sequence in my BIOS settings to boot
from the CDROM to get into setup. I read on another
website that you can also do this with the Windows 98
installation disc? Is this true? Also when doing a

clean
install of Windows 98 and I run the fdisk and format
utility do I have to delete the existing partition C:
first and creat a new one before formatting? Any help

or
advice would be appreciated.



.



 




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