On 5/7/05 03:41, in article firstname.lastname@example.org, "Roy
Schestowitz" <email@example.com> wrote:
>>>> I'm going senile. I want to be able to boot my existing Windows 98
>>>> installation from a floppy disk. How the hell do I do this?
>>>> I've tried various boot disks, startup disks and none of them work.
>>>> I can get a DOS prompt, then windows/win <return> starts booting
>>>> Windows. Then it hangs.
>>>> Clean installation. I'm sure this is easy, but can't remember how?
>>> I'm guessing you're using a boot disk made either with FORMAT A: /S, SYS
>>> A: or "create bootable disk". Using any of these methods leaves off
>>> various files that Win9x need to start. Specifically these files are:
>>> * HIMEM.SYS
>>> * IFSHLP.SYS
>>> * DBLBUFF.SYS
>>> * SETVER.EXE
>>> * EMM386.EXE
>>> HIMEM.SYS and EMM386.EXE might already be loaded in the CONFIG.SYS you do
>>> have. Without IFSHLP.SYS especially Windows will not load. Copy all these
>>> files to the boot disk and add:
>>> to your CONFIG.SYS. You can either have this as a separate line or
>>> combined with other DOS commands, such as
>>> DOS=HIGH, AUTO
>>> DOS=HIGH, UMB, AUTO
>>> This should get it up and running. For more details on
>>> the DOS command, see http://www.nukesoft.co.uk/msdos/command.php?name=DOS
>> Many thanks. Will give it a crack tomorrow.
> I still don't think that Windows is supposed to hang. I use Windows 98 on an
> antiquated laptop and a startup disk overrides the setting on the
> hard-drive to boot into Windows successfully. I am assuming that Windows
> began to hang so you used the safety floppy disk which simply did not offer
> a solution. Is that correct? If so, have you tried safety mode yet?
Nope, completely clean install of Windows, all fine.
The reason is I have an existing Win2k installation on my C drive. I know
need to dual-boot. So rather than knackering my Win2k installation by
whacking 98 on that disk, I have put another drive in. However it shows up
as the D drive. I have tried editing the 2k boot loader but it fails to see
the Win98 partition.
Ideally I would have a boot floppy that I could use to boot 98 from the D
drive when I (very infrequently need it).
Otherwise I guess I can install 2k over 98, make that disk C, then try to
get my existing 2k isntallation working when it suddenly becomes the D
Past experience has shom me that Windows really doesn't like drive change
Does that make sense?