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Compaq Presario 5102US downloading Windows 98

Trying to format Windows 98 into this machine and it already has ME on it, has an E and F drive, and I want to put Windows 98 on it. I have a Windows 98 floppy disk, put it in, prompted me with 3 options: I chose option1 with CD-ROM support and then it comes to a black screen with a:/ and I now I dont know what to type in? Please advise, thank you

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  • fej67 Jun 08, 2008

    Whatever the operating system is is ME, when turning on and it boots up. Trying to get this computer to run good for my dad. It does not have Windows 98 on it and I have a boot up disk for it.


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If U already have 98 on the pc, R U trying to have dual boot, recover, or reload 98 instead of 98ME?
The disk U R using is a recovery disk and U will still need the 98 cd to reload. The disk is for repairing or reloading the 98 system and I would suggest that U learn how to use the command structure first before attempting a system repair.
Please explain what the problem is and what U want the system to do. We R very happy to help U get to where U want to go.

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    Rory Biggs Jun 08, 2008

    I think I understand. First ME is 98, just the third edition. Windows is a Disk Operating System (DOS), all the 98 series had the same attributes, they are dependant on the size of the hard drive and the percentage used.

    U really don't have to reload the system, just clean it up and weed out the junk. Every program loaded would leave files in the boot startup management program called MSCONFIG. Use the run command calling the MSCONFIG. Goto the startup tab and click on the button "disable all", reboot. The system will startup whatever programs it actually needs. U can go back later and have the startup the anti-virus or whatever U want.

    Next goto the Setup - Control Panel - add/remove programs and uninstall as many programs that U don't want anymore.

    Next goto programs - accessories - tools - disk cleanup. Select anything that has size. Let it run.

    In the tools section, there is a program called defrag. Run this program as many times as needed untill there is no more red or white dotted spaces on all the drives.

    This should restore the pc to good operating condition. For furture reference U should check the msconfig startup after installing programs and run the disk cleanup and defrag every week or so.

    Adding more RAM may also help to speed the system up. U can install up to 128MB in the ME and I would recommend doing that. Though U may have to order the RAM online due to the age of the machine. I would recommend that maybe U check the minium system requirements for XP and consider upgrading to XP... Stay away from Vista, it's not ready yet.

    Hope this helps, good luck.


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