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By Ian Campbell ·
is there any way of creating a start up disk without using windows ie through ms-dos
problem being chap has windows on machine but will not load (will not load in safe mode either)and he did not make a start up disk so now im asking the question isthere a way that i can make a start up disk without using windows by the way the guy lives out in the sticks and dosnt know anybody near him who uses 98 i am based the other side of the country so can not go around and sort it for him except by phone

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by jimmm33 In reply to start up disk

Boot up and hit F8. Select command prompt only. You may be able to do what you want from here, or you can put in a blank floppy and type "sys a:" it will put system files on the floppy. Just enough to make it bootable. If you need anything else on the floppy you can use dos to copy to the floppy.

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by Ian Campbell In reply to start up disk

gent actually managed to get hold of a start up disk that suddenly appeared from nowhere
thanks for your help

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by Kep 001 In reply to start up disk

Ian,

You are about to ring up a heck of a phone bill. Hopefully he has access to a fax machine! The short answer is to make up an EBD (emergency backup disk) on your machine or another with the same Windows edition and read the "readme" file. It will explain the basics and explain the functions of each file below. I can't because of the space limitation.

Anyway, he should be able to copy the files mentioned in the readme section from his hard drive to his floppy. You will need to go through and establish a path for each file so that he can get to it easily in DOS (it isn't as easy doing a file search in DOS as it is in Windows). You should be able to account for at least the following files:

File
Aspi2dos.sys
Aspi4dos.sys
Aspi8dos.sys
Aspi8u2.sys
Aspicd.sys
Autoexec.bat
Btcdrom.sys
Btdosm.sys
Command.com
Config.sys
Drvspace.bin
Ebd.cab
Ebd.sys
Extract.exe
Fdisk.exe
Findramd.exe
Flashpt.sys
Himem.sys
Io.sys
Msdos.sys
Oakcdrom.sys
Ramdrive.sys
Setramd.bat

Have him make up a system disk from DOS, copy the above files to the disk and then cross his fingers and boot up to WIN 98 safe mode. If he is using other than WIN 98 the files may be somewhat different. Again, itshould be explained on the readme file that you generate when you make an EBD from the relevant edition of Windows.

Luck to ya,
Kep

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by Ian Campbell In reply to start up disk

gent actually managed to get hold of a start up disk that suddenly appeared from nowhere
thanks for your help

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