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Tyson202

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Hi there, my son reformatted the hard drive on our old Win98 PC but as we got the computer second hand there is no CD Rom support disk, only a floppy boot disk I made

Therefore, when he started up the computer he got three options:
1) Start computer with CD-Rom support
2)Start computer without CD-Rom support
3)View the help file (apparently not that helpful)

After selecting option 2 there is a pause of a few moments and then A:\> appears and nothing happens.

Can the computer be started up without the CD? If so what needs to be typed in?
If not, is the computer now useless?

Any help greatly appreciated.
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If he didn't use a Windows Operating System CD then there is nothing to load, other than the files he put there from the boot disk.

Look for a 98SE CD to buy or if the computer specs are good enough consider upgrading to XP
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Do you still have the CD-Key?

If so you might try asking a friend for them to allow you to use their 98SE cd, and then just use your key.

If you don't have your key, you will probably then have to purchase Windows 98SE.

But as Keith said, if the computer is good enough, I would recommend buying a copy of Windows Xp, and installing it.

Edited by Poetic.Garbage, 21 August 2005 - 12:17 AM.

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Thanks for the replies. A friend at work has reinstalled Win98 on it and everything is working fine. The computer wasn't good enough for XP.
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