98 to 98SE

By FlatLined ยท 7 replies
Jul 31, 2006
  1. Hey gang.. I have a question, well 2 actually.. I have a Gateway laptop with Windows 98 and it has alot of junk on it.. I've decided to reformat it and put Windows 98SE. I was wondering will the 98SE reformate the harddrive like 2000 or XP will, or will i have to use a boot disk?? If i have to use the bootdisk or another method, how would i go about doing that?? Thanks for all the help i can get..
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Later OEM versions came with a boot loader included on the CD. But I would expect to follow these instructions.


  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,122   +982

    XP will have higher requirements than those of your Win/98

    you need to have 512mb ram and at least a 1.3mhz processor.
    if you don't, it will run (err crawl) like an snail and you will not be happy with it.
  4. Shadowhawk

    Shadowhawk TS Rookie

    Do you have a "2nd working system" running 98SE that you can copy some Boot Disk files to a floppy?. If so, here's the files you'll need to copy down to your boot-disk (some may already be on your boot-disk):
    a) Attrib.exe
    b) Chkdsk.exe
    c) Edit.com
    d) Extract.exe
    e) Fdisk.exe
    f) Format.com
    g) Help.bat
    >> With the extra files added, you'll be able to either Format or Fdisk the HD simply by re-booting the system w/ the 98SE CD in the drive & the floppy in, but making sure to "Start without CD support". Once the tools are saved to RamDrive: D, you should be able to Format your C drive :). After the Format/integrity verification, you'll need to go into your CMOS and change your Boot Order to CD-ROM ONLY, save and re-boot. After Installation, change your boot order back... Keep me posted on your progress :).
  5. alidabiri

    alidabiri TS Rookie Posts: 441

    98se will not format and what not like xp.
    try this simple method:
    get a 98 floppy boot disk from www.bootdisk.com
    start your pc with boot disk in the machine
    after win98 comes up, enter fdisk
    display partition(s) (if any)
    delete partition(s)
    create new partition
    format the hard disk
    turn pc off
    take win98 boot disk out
    put 98 se cd in the cd rom drive
    navigate to the root directory in cd drive and type setup
    98se will install
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Think you forgot a step alidabiri

    "turn pc off
    take win98 boot disk out
    put 98 se cd in the cd rom drive
    navigate to the root directory in cd drive and type setup"

    98se disk might not be bootable, and even if it is its not going to give a dos prompt. He still needs the boot disk, then navigate to the root dir of the cd drive, then type setup

    once setup begins remove the floppy.
  7. alidabiri

    alidabiri TS Rookie Posts: 441

    you're right sngx,
    this was originally was for xp. i had it on a note pad. i copied and pasted it.
    98 disk should stay in to boot up with cd-rom support.
  8. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

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