Overwriting corrupted Windows 98 with another copy (from another Windows 98 CD)

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Al D, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. Al D

    Al D Guest

    I have acquired a PC from a friend. It has windows 98 installed, but
    it is corrupt (I guess) because it won't boot. BIOS keeps telling me
    to insert a floppy (presumably it means a boot disc).

    The original Windows 98 CD used for the installation has been lost.

    I have my own copy of Windows 98 installation CD. And I also have a
    bootable floppy disc which I crated from it.

    Is it a simple matter to install my own copy of Windows 98 onto the PC
    so that it overwrites the original Windows 98 installation?

    Many thanks,

    Al D
    Al D, Dec 12, 2005
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    Peter Guest

    Normally you can install win98 over the top of itself and it will retain
    all its original settings. Obviously, in your case, we are not too sure
    why the current install is corrupted and how bad that corruption is
    (whether the HD is seriously damaged), so that perhaps it has not just
    affected the O/S and your ability to install over the top, but also
    other programs that were installed previously.
    Peter, Dec 12, 2005
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  3. Al D

    JAD Guest

    I would check to see if the boot order includes the hardrive
    and reset the CMOS, if its old enough the battery could be dead and frazzled
    the bios.
    Don't install over a damaged install unless its temporary and your going to
    install fresh after retrieving data.
    JAD, Dec 12, 2005
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    DaveW Guest

    No. you need to reformat the harddrive and do a fresh install of the OS to
    avoid nasty ongoing problems with your computer.
    DaveW, Dec 13, 2005
  5. Can't he install to a second Windows folder with a slightly different name? If
    he has documents and things on the drive he wants to save, installing to an
    alternate Windows folder could be the answer.

    Overwriting? he could try that; but if it fails, I'd try the alternate Windows
    folder trick.
    Cymbal Man Freq., Dec 14, 2005
  6. Al D

    Al D Guest

    Many thanks for all the replies. If I do decide to format the hard
    drive, can someone remind me how to do that? Is it a case of getting
    to a dos prompt and typing "format c:/"?

    What disc do I need to format the hard drive? Is it one of the DOS
    floppies, or will the WIndows 98 CD do it?

    Thank you,

    Al D
    Al D, Dec 14, 2005
  7. Al D

    JAD Guest

    Thats all it is
    If you can boot from the 98 Cd then that will work or use a windows ME or 98
    boot floppy...

    www.bootdisk.com if you don't have one
    JAD, Dec 14, 2005
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