Bonge Boo! wrote:
> On 4/7/05 21:35, in article email@example.com,
> "Marcus Houlden" <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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?