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Have a old thinkpad which continously boots to dos.tried 98 boot disk it didn't work how do I get it to start to win98 already partitioned and formatted hdd still no change

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  • njromain Apr 17, 2008

    It was designed for win 98 or win nt. the only thing I can access is the directory of A: and C:even got 98 setup on cd , it wouldn't install in dos mode. formats from floppy fine but goes back to existing problem.all the devices function properly. the cdrom driver even loads from boot disks.

  • njromain Apr 17, 2008

    I will try it thank you Ownij

  • njromain Apr 19, 2008

    You were absolutely right it finally began to load win 98 first edition
    but 28% of install it froze I believe it's a hard drive issue but finding a hd with such low capacity mighe be difficult

    NJRomain

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It may only be compatible with a specific Windows, such as Windows 95 and cannot work on a newer OS. Or it may be the other way around, and it needs Windows ME or newer to function.

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  • Chris  Morse
    Chris Morse Apr 17, 2008

    If it was designed for win98, then it may not work on 98 2nd edition or anything past the original win 98.

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Creating a bootable flash drive


<p><b>Resolution:</b><br /> <p>The USB Flash Drive must be configured with an active primary MS-DOS partition. It must also contain the boot files. Follow the steps below to create a bootable USB Flash Drive. <br /> <p><b>Requirements:</b><br /> <ul> <li> Motherboard with BIOS that supports USB boot. <li> USB Flash Drive that may be erased. <li> Bootable floppy disk or CD with Fdisk and Format commands. </li></ul> <p><b>Directions:</b><br /> <ol> <li> Plug in the USB Flash Drive. <li> Make the USB drive the only bootable hard drive. <b>Method 1:</b><br />If available, change the BIOS settings for the hard drive sequence, making sure the USB device is at the top of the list above all other hard drives. Not all BIOS Setup Utilities have this option. <b> Method 2:</b><br /> Disable all hard drives in the BIOS. In some BIOS Setup Utilities you can disable the individual hard drives, while in others you will need to disable the controller. <b> Method 3:</b><br /> Unplug all hard drive cables inside the case. If the cables are unplugged the computer cannot detect and boot to the hard drive. <li> Insert the bootable floppy disk or CD into the appropriate drive. <li> Restart the computer to the bootable floppy disk or CD. <li> At the command prompt, type: FDisk. <li> Delete and create a new active primary DOS partition. <li> Use FDisk to delete all partitions from the USB Flash Drive. <ul> <li> In FDisk, press the 3 key to Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive. <li> If there is just one partition on the drive, choose 1 to delete the primary DOS partition. If there are several partitions, the extended and logical partitions must be deleted before the primary partition. <li> After choosing option 1, the screen appears with partition information and a prompt for the partition to delete. Choose which primary DOS partition to delete, and then press ENTER. <li> A prompt appears to enter the volume label of the hard drive. Enter the label exactly as it appears on the top of the screen in the partition information. If the volume label contains gibberish or lowercase letters, the partition will have to be deleted as a non-DOS partition. Try using the option to delete a non-DOS partition in FDISK. After entering the volume label, press ENTER. <li> You are prompted if it should delete the partition. Press Y for Yes, and then press ENTER. <li> The screen changes to show only the total disk space and a line near the bottom that prompts that the primary DOS partition has been deleted. Press the ESC key to return to the main menu. </li></ul> <li> Use FDisk to create a primary partition on the USB Flash Drive. The drive letter will be C:, since all other hard drives were disabled in step 2. <ul> <li> In FDisk, press 1 to Create DOS partition or Logical DOS drive. <li> Press 1 to Create a Primary DOS Partition. <li> The next screen prompts if the maximum hard disk size should be made into one partition. Press the Y key, and then press ENTER. <li> The next screen prompts that the computer will now reboot. Press ENTER to continue. </li></ul> <li> Exit FDisk and restart the computer. <li> Start the computer from the bootable floppy disk or CD with the USB Flash Drive still connected. <li> At the command prompt, run Format by typing the following command: Format c: /s. Press ENTER. <li> At the command prompt, run FDisk by typing following command: Fdisk /mbr. Press ENTER. <li> Restart the computer without the bootable floppy disk or CD, and attempt to boot to the USB Flash Drive. If it works, it should go to a C:\&gt; command prompt. <li> Change the settings made in step 2 back so that the computer operates normally again. </li></ol>

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Use ontrack disk manager
select advance installation
make partitions own do you want
after the completion process
take reboot
now install operating system that you like
even 98 or XP.
It will work 100% guaranteed.
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Iam working on a compaq pc desktop had windows xp with pen4 iam trying to install a old harddrive i had in a pc that had windows 98 how do i clear all the old thing,s out of the harddrive so i can install...


ok ...the issue is only that it might recognize the operating (win98) system if its installed on it ..if it was just a slave there will be no problems..just attach it ..on the bus and power ...and boot the system ...if you want you may use a partition magic program to format and rename it ...but you can do that with the xp ...by clicking right on the drive in my computer and format from there ... if it doesn't want to format it ..just boot from the installation cd ( xp) and continue like a normal installation until you are at the point where you have to choose the partition to install the program ...choose the new added hard disk and format it ...by deleting and reformat ....but after this just stop the installation and restart the old OS ...but I'm sure that you will be able to format it quick from xp directly ...so , just attach it and boot...click my computer to see if it sees it ..and format

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What operating system do you have installed? If you are using windows Then you need to repair your boot files. Start with boot.ini. you can open this using notepad editor. the info should read:[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
Thats is you are using XP Home Edition operating system. If this doesn´t work then you need to run msconfig. Start menu select Run, then type msconfig.Startup selection should be normal check box. System.ini should have all check boxes checked,Same as win.ini, when you get to boot.ini tab, no boxes should be checked. I hope this helps. Start with the second method first ok.

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Hi Henryk14,

There are a few issues that can halt Windows from installing.
1. If your Microsoft Windows CD is a copy & not a valid CD this can happen. (Possible bad copy).
2. You CD-ROM drive is either dirty, (Inside) or it's not reading the disk. (Check the data cable on the cd-rom drive. Make sure it is fully connected). (Swap out the data cable is needed).
3. E-Machine's can & most do have more than one partition on the primary hard disk drive.
Most likely there are two hidden partitions on the drive. If the manufacture placed one of the partitions at the top of the drive, (As many do to stop owners from upgrading their operating system with their own CD). The installation of XP can be halted. You will not see an error message from windows during installation in this case.
(The hidden partition is too small to allow windows to install, 4MB in size is about norm).
One option is to contact the manufacture & buy their upgraded OS CD for your model.
Another would be to erase the drive with a floppy disk. A standard Win98 boot disk will do the job but that is ill advised.
The best way to clean & format the entire drive would be to find the manufacture of the hard disk drive & go to their web site. Download their Dos software to create a bootable floppy disk for Dos. Boot the system with the floppy disk & format the drive. This will remove all the hidden partitions & make the drive whole again.
Most hard disk drive manufactures also provide software to create a bootable CD. This will also clean the drive & set it up for window. (You should back up all your data to CD or a second drive).
Other software can be used to totally clean a hard disk drive. "Darik's Boot And Nuke".
Found here: http://www.dban.org/ (Ideal for tough systems & dreaded blue screens).

Good luck Henryk14!

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Install Xp From Dos


If XP will not install from the CD or if you have a new drive with no operating system onit yet try these:

Install Windows XP from the hard drive with Windows 98 already installed:

Boot Windows 98
Insert the XP CD into your CD reader
Explore Windows XP through My Computer
Copy i386 folder to C:\
Go into C:\i386 folder and double click on winnt32.exe to launch the setup from the hard drive

Install Windows XP from DOS (ie. no OS on a new hard drive):

Boot with a Windows 98 Start Up disk
Insert the Windows 98 CD into the CD reader
Run smartdrv.exe from the Win98 directory on the windows 98 CD (file caching)
Type cd.. to back up to the root directory
Insert Windows XP CD into the CD reader
Copy the i386 folder to C:\
Go into C:\i386 folder on C: and type winnt.exe to launch the setup from the hard drive.



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Dual boot


hi wtm78 this is nichu,
it is impossible to install win 98 after installing xp,if you want to install win98 you must remove the winxp and then first install win98 and later you can install winxp,
basically it is impossible to install a lower order software when xp is already installed,in your case it is the same
there will be no things like dual boot or anything ,after booting your system asks whether you want to work with win98 or winxp.
be cool.

take care
bye and have a nice day.

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