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My computer wont read my installation cd for windows 98

My reinstallation cd wont work i have windows 98 somehow i lost everything

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  • jp9264 Dec 31, 2008

    not sure if my computer is booting from cd but from c promp im getting a message ( not reading drive a abort,fail ,retry ) what should i do

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Are you sure your PC is booting from Cd?

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

  • Gabriel A Perez
    Gabriel A Perez Jan 01, 2009

    To start this Windows install. First check that the first boot
    device in your system BIOS is set to the CD-ROM Drive.

    (The system bios can
    usually be entered on boot, usually by pressing the F1, F2, F8, F10 or DEL key.
    Make sure you save the settings before exiting))




    If you are unsure or don't want to enter the BIOS then just test
    the computer by putting the CD-ROM in the drive and rebooting the computer. This is the recommended way to
    install windows.

    You will know that your computer will/has booted of CD-ROM when
    the following screen appears.



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