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Upgrading from 95 to 98

By adcdesk ·
I received a computer from a customer who wants me to upgrade from 95 to 98. I upgraded the memory from 32 to 64MB pc66. Next I reformatted the hard drive to do a clean install of 98 because this person does not have any of the software for this computer. All I have is Windows 98 for PCs without Windows. Anyway the formatting went find. When I inserted the 98 boot disk, I received an error message saying non-system disk replace and strike any key when ready. Well, I get this error message with the 95 boot disk and when there is not a disk in drive a: I think I need to make an emergency recovery disk and try this. HELP!!!

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by dmiles In reply to Upgrading from 95 to 98

This error could be caused by anumber of things
1)Floppy or CD that is not bootable
2)Hard disk drive does not have bootable files on it
3CMOS is not setup properly
If you have a bootable floppy insert and at the startup screen hit the button toopen the CMOS control panel,on the configuration screen check to see that hard drive is listed and set to Auto also check to see if hard drive is listed in bootable options
Once you have a bootable floppy insert and at command prompt type sys /c:
Check hard drive connections and then try running scan disk from dos prompt to check for disk errors
How did you format the drive,you say format went fine and then you inserted the win 98 boot disk,you need the 98 boot disk to format
Insert the boot disk and at command prompt type format c:

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by adcdesk In reply to Upgrading from 95 to 98

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by maxwell edison In reply to Upgrading from 95 to 98

Greetings,

It sounds like the only thing you've overlooked is going into the system BIOS and setting A-Drive as the FIRST BOOT device.

On most systems, by pressing the delete key during the system check at initial boot up will take you to the system BIOS. There will be a selection for setting the boot device sequence.

A-Drive should be the first boot device.

Good luck,

Maxwell

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by adcdesk In reply to Upgrading from 95 to 98

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by curtis In reply to Upgrading from 95 to 98

It may also be that the Floppy Disk Drive itself is bad. Try changing the Floppy Drive and then insert the Win98 boot disk. If it still won't boot from the floppy get to a windows98 machine that is running and go: Start>Settings>Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs>StartUp Disk>Create Startup Disk.
This will make a win98 boot disk that will start the system with cd-rom support. Change directories to the cd-rom\win98 and run setup.exe to get windows installed.
hope this helps ...

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by adcdesk In reply to Upgrading from 95 to 98

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by mphoffar In reply to Upgrading from 95 to 98

Sounds like you're trying to either boot to the HD or your floppy has gone bad.

If it's the first, you'll need to go into the bios and change the boot order so that it reads A: first for your boot devices. The other thing you'll want to do is again use fdisk, and if you already haven't, set the active partition to you primary.

If your disk has went bad, you should be able to go to any 98 or ME machine and just make a bootdisk. You're not going to format or sys anything, just bootup with it so you can access your CD-Rom. If you want to, I would also suggest going to www.bootdisk.com and just downloading one there and make one from there.

Good luck to you

Mark

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by Seeker2000 In reply to Upgrading from 95 to 98

Sounds like there could be a couple problems here. Did you check to see if this machine would boot up to 95 before you formatted?
You're having problems from the a:
drive but you said you already formatted so I can't see as that is the problem.
Power-up, and before anything else comes up watch, Hope fully it will tell you what key to strike to get to the bios.Usually the delete key,F2 on HP's
Here look at your boot order, and also to see if the harddrive is seen,the cd drive and the floppy.Harddrive and Cd should be set to auto if you have that option, Also set the boot order to floppy, CD-Rom and then the harddrive.How old is the machine? While in the bios check the revision, If it is a newer machine it should boot from the cd, but this is questionable where it had 95. If you're lucky W98 will start from the cd. If not as the others said, on a new known good floppy make a boot disc,I also suggest copying the format command on to this at the same time. Make sure you set a partition to active if you can get to fdisk, its overlooked sometimes. You might also go back to the original memory configuration also since it is the only other thing you changed, bad memory will usually give a audible error code and not even boot to the screen, but I have see stranger things. If this is an older system you may not be able to flash the bios either!

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