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AM NOT ABLE TO INSTALL WINDOWS 2000 XP OR 98 AS MY LAPTOP CD DRIVE IS NOT WORKING AM JUST TRYING TO INSTALL THROUGH BOOTABLE FLOPPY BUT SOME FILES ARE MISSING. GUIDE ME HOW TO INSTALL THROUGH FLOPPY DISK

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  • Gerjoy06 Mar 06, 2008

    I have the same problem w/ my Compaq Armada E500, I wasn't able to boot it, I tried Installing again the Win98 but it has a message "NTDLR missing. What should I do to fix this problem?

    Thank you very much!

  • brian c
    brian c May 11, 2010

    What do you mean "not working"? Is the drive itself faulty, or is it just not recognizing it?

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If you have access to an external drive enclosure, OR you have a computer you can put the hard-drive from
that machine in temporarily, put the drive in one of them and copy the WIN98 directory to the harddrive.
Once the WIN98 directory is there, you can just install it from there. That is of course if the hard-drive has been
formatted with the /sys command, and set to primary boot drive using FDISK. As far as installing from floppy,..
the floppies haven't been on the market for a LONG time, and if you have them,.. I imagine they've seen better
days. If you HAVE to install from floppy though, use another computer, put in the CD, open the cd using windows
explorer. Once here, click on the WIN98 directory, and locate the files you need ( too many files and directories
to list here ) Seriously the best way would be to use an external drive enclosure ( since it's probably a 2.5" drive
size ) and just copy the whole directory to the drive and forget the floppy idea. It will take MUCH less time.

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