he tried both and the computer just sits there.
It's a bit more complicated than just putting the cd in the drive
However, Win98 is one of the few operating systems that will "overlay" quite nicely...this is much less complicated than extracting files. You will need the product key for this procedure...it should be located either on a sticker on the machine or on the booklet that came with it.
You are going to need a startup disk to do this. Download this Win98SE OEM
Startup Disk and save it to your desktop. Double click on the downloaded file and put a floppy disk in the drive when prompted to do so.
to create the Startup Disk.
Put this floppy disk in your dad's machine and restart...it will boot to the floppy. Choose the option to "Start with cd-rom support" and press "Enter". This should load some drivers and take you to a command prompt (A:\) Put the original
Win98 cd in the drive and type the following commands at the prompt, pressing "Enter" after each command:
Follow the prompts to reinstall Win98 to the default directory (C:Windows). When the machine gets to the point to where it needs to restart, remove the floppy disk, but leave the cd in the drive. Windows will complete the installation and boot to windows.
You may run into a few driver issues after the install, but these are easily taken care of. If you run into any problems or have any questions, please post back...
Edited by wannabe1, 10 April 2006 - 08:33 AM.