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Format Win98

By dsiverson ·
I have a new computer that came with W2K. Because of software compatability issues it needed to run Win98. I fdisked the hard drive and now need to format the partition, but do not have a file to format the hard drive with. It naturally needs to be done from the dos prompt not within windows. HELP!!!! The WIN98 CD that I have is a OEM version.

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You have a few options

by zlitocook In reply to Format Win98

Go into the bios and have the computer boot to the CDROM or down load a boot disk off the internet. There are a ton of sites that have bootable down loads. Like, bartsbootdisk, or just type win98 boot disk in google search. With W2K installed I would down load Delpart first and run it then boot to the cdrom and run setup. If you can not run setup, you will need to partition and fomat the drive. Which you can do with the boot floppy.

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Create a system disk

by ryan In reply to Format Win98

You're going to need a win98 startup disk (should have been shipped with the PC). If you don't have one, you can download it from here: For the file, you'll have to get that from another win98 computer. is located in C:\Windows\Command\. Also copy from the same directory to the startup disk and use this command when formatting:

Format C: /s /u

Good Luck.

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Startup disk

by TheChas In reply to Format Win98

You can create a W98 startup disk from the Add/Remove Programs menu on any running W98 PC.

It will have all the commands that you need.

It is surprising that you were able to fdisk the drive, but cannot format it from the disk you have.

There are also links to startup disk images posted at


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Create a path statement

by Sullyman In reply to Format Win98

If you are able to load your CDROM drivers, then you can just create a path statement in DOS to the directory on the Win 98 CD.

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