reinstalling win95...

By kefkamaydie ยท 9 replies
Nov 20, 2004
  1. Ok, I'm working on my friends computer, I had to reformat the hard disk, and now when I try to get to dos prompt to partition the drive and install windows again, I get the non-system disk error(remove disk and replace with system disk), but there is no disk in. Am I just being dumb, or is something wrong? :confused:
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    You can't start the installation from a blank harddrive. You will need it to boot from cd or from a floppy first.
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    You can download a boot disk programme from

    Then just put it onto a floppy.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
  4. kefkamaydie

    kefkamaydie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I know I can't load windows onto a blank hd, I'm just having problems getting my comp to take the boot disks, I downloaded from bootdisk yesterday, but it still says non system disk. And also, anyone know how to get rid of a linux operating system from the same comp? Lilo boot always trys to boot up red hat linux then fails because linux is no longer on the computer.....
  5. jstillion

    jstillion TS Rookie Posts: 91

    Sounds like the boot squence in the bios tries to load the hard drive before checking the floppy drive, or the floppy drive is bad. Go in to bios and check the boot order.
  6. Shiney

    Shiney TS Booster Posts: 160

    I agree with jstillion, also if available in bios enable floppy drive seek.

    Good Luck.

    Ps if you have a win98se cd about you can boot from that.
  7. kefkamaydie

    kefkamaydie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I think I figured out the problem, I believe it was the boot order, but won't be able to check until i get home tonight...
  8. Electrick Gypsy

    Electrick Gypsy TS Rookie Posts: 76

    To remove those Linux partitions you'll have to fdisk that drive properly too.
  9. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    That will get rid of the partition, but I'm sure it is still in your master boot record. You will need to run fdisk /mbr to fix that.
  10. Electrick Gypsy

    Electrick Gypsy TS Rookie Posts: 76

    I stand corrected.
    I forget to go into detail a lot of the time.
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