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By CALLDONE ·
I get ?Can?t Install Windows 98? error messages during installation.


I got this anwser from SmartComputing.com, and they want you to buy a subscription before I get the rest of the solution.


Because these programs intercept normal disk operations, they must be removed before you start the Win98 installation. Unfortunately, Win98 will warn you about a single problem program at a time. To eliminate the problem, you can edit your Autoexec.bat file, put a REM command before the command line that activates the program, restart the computer, then restart the Win98 installation. You might then dis....

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by TheChas In reply to WIN 98 INSTALL

If you could give us some more details about your system and problem, we could help you out better.

I assume that you are trying to upgrade a PC from either Windows 3.11, W95 or W98 to W98SE.

For the 3 9X OS's, you seldom need any lines in theprimary system files autoexec.bat and config.sys.
You may have some 'legacy' driver calls in Windows 3.11, or for DOS mode device access in W9X.

What I would do, is to make backup copies of both Autoexec.bat, and config.sys onto a floppy disk.
Run the program sysedit. from either the run box, or command line.
edit both files to have either no data, or place the command rem and a space at the front of each line.
Save the edited file.

That will stop all the legacy programs and driversfrom starting.

If this is Windows 3.1, there may be other legacy programs called from SYS.ini and Win.INI.

For either situation, you will need to identify the program and disable it.

I ALWAYS recommend a clean install over an upgrade install. Things just go better, and run better.

A side comment. Have you verified that the computer and all components meet the minimum specifications for Windows 98, and that there are device drivers available?

I do not install W98 on PCs with lessthan a 300MHz CPU, and 128MB of RAM. It just runs too slow for my prefferences on a lesser system.

Chas

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by CALLDONE In reply to WIN 98 INSTALL

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by ctmoore1998 In reply to WIN 98 INSTALL

Sounds like your're trying to do an upgrade to Windows 98 from some previous version of windows. Edit your autoexec.bat and look for any statements that load programs i.e. antivirus programs network statements etc. use the REM statement to preventthem from loading. The only statement that should remain in autoexec.bat if needed is the CDROM driver (98 install will rem this out when installation completes) I don't think config.sys should be causing any problems but you may want to check it also and ensure that there aren't any file or buffers settings listed if so rem them for the install. Again only remode cd rom driver needs to remain for the install. I would recommend if feasible that you backup your data and start from scratch ifpractical because many features of 98 aren't fully installed in an upgrade installation. If upgrading from 95A or earlier you can then run FDISK and get your disk running FAT32 (though the conversion to FAT32 routine works fine as long as you have enough free disk space.) MS also recommends that you uninstall any Antivirus program before attempting to upgrade windows. I remember many articles about how the 98 upgrade wants to modify exe's of programs installed to make them compatible with 98mem management. Have a good backup before attempting upgrade.

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by RCOM In reply to WIN 98 INSTALL

Boot from a disk then nothing else will start up.

First copy the setup files to the local hard drive. The files are located on th CD in the win98 folder. This this will help speed up the install and lessen the possibility of drive read errors etc.

After that boot using a win98 startup disk. By doing this none of the programs being called from any of the files like "autoexec.bat, config.sys, system.ini or win.ini" will run. Once the computer boots do the following.

From A> type the following hit enter after each;

C:
cd\
cd win98
setup

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by CALLDONE In reply to WIN 98 INSTALL

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by csmith In reply to WIN 98 INSTALL

You might then dis.c.o.ver that Windows has another conflict.
To correct this put a REM command before that command line that activates the second program.
Windows 98 will bypass any program or equipment that causes a hang by referring to the bootlog.txt file in the root directory when a reinstall is started.
What this means is that by the force of persistance, (Multiple attemps to install.) Windows 98 will eventually install itself because of its error detection.
VEry slow. Better to comment out offending programs before upgrading.
Also remove any programs from the load= and run= in WIN.INI
Make sure you write down the entries so you can restore them later if necessary.
Regards, Chris

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by gbuck In reply to WIN 98 INSTALL

As a last resort, execute at the command line prompt, "Format M/B/R." It will then be necessary to boot with an emergency disk and reinstall both Win98se and Win98 (if you are using an upgrade disk),I also prefer a full clean install over an upgradeany day.

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