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Old 10-26-2003, 08:51 PM
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Default How Do You Do A Clean Install

I need to do a complete new install on my system of 98se--I have the restoration disc and the 98se disc--I did it once and It took about an hour--but when It was done I went right back to the original desktop that I use to have --everything was still there That I had before--no difference--I fiquered that going thru the set-up on the 98 disc would completey erase every thing and make it a new computer again---do I ned to erase the harddrive first then do a install --How do I do that---I just want to start over fresh--I havin problem with virus's I think and want to make sure Everything is off the drive andstart fresh--
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Old 10-26-2003, 09:01 PM
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Default Re: How Do You Do A Clean Install

I always find the easiest way to reinstall the OS is to format the drive and start from scratch. Just make sure to backup anyhting you want to keep first.

There should be an option in the OS install to format the drive or just replace the existing windows directory (at least XP has that choice, it's been a long time since I installed 98se)
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Old 10-27-2003, 01:34 AM
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Default Re: How Do You Do A Clean Install

Assuming you have a second audio drive here's the fastest way to install windows 98 (XP can do it all from the CD)

1. Copy the "Win98" folder from your install CD to the audio drive. triple check it's all there.

2. Restart the PC in "Command prompt only" mode

3. Format the C drive using this command: "Format C: /s" (The /s will install a minimal version of dos)

4. Reboot the PC, it should boot to a command prompt like C:>

5. from the C:> prompt make a windows directory using the "MD Windows" command

6. make that directory current using the "CD Windows" command

7. From the C:Windows> prompt make a directory called "options" in the new windows directory using the "MD options" command.

8. Make that directory the current directory with the "CD Options" command.

9. From the C:Windows\Options> prompt copy the win98 directory on your audio drive into the options directory using the "Copy D:Win98 *.*" command

10. type "dir" when it's copied to make sure it's all there, then type "setup" and away you go..



The benefits of doing it this way are:

1. You don't need to fiddle about making your CD Drive work in dos before you can install anything

2. If Windows ever needs the install disc for drivers etc it will just automatically look in the "options" directory

3. It installs faster than fast

4. you have a back up of Win98 on your D drive and never need to worry about where the CD is again

Good luck!
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