Installing Windows 98®
Let's review first what has been done (or should have been done) at this point, along with a checklist of items that you should do before starting the actual installation process.
You should have:
formatted the hard drive and transferred the system files to it.
have your Windows 98 Startup Boot Disk ready
What you will need to do if they haven't been done already:
If your motherboard relies on any of the early chipsets, such as TX, BX, FX, GX etcetera, the drivers will be on the Windows 98 CD. If, on the other hand, your motherboard relies on any of the newer Intel chipsets such as the i810, i820, i840 etcetera, you will need the Intel drivers for those chipsets which should be on the Intel drivers CD. Likewise, if your motherboard relies on the VIA chipset, or employs the ATA66 IDE bus, then you will need appropriate drivers for this as well. These drivers can be found on most manufacturers websites or we can provide them upon request.
You may need drivers for your modem, sound card, video card and if equipped, your SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) card and/or network card.
Make sure that any external devices such as printers or scanners are disconnected from the computer. During the Windows 98 installation process, the hardware interrogation modules that locate devices in your computer may find these external devices and try to load them. In all probability they will not be loaded correctly and only serve to make the installation process more difficult.
If you have everything together that you need, then let's get started:
First, restart your computer with the Windows 98 Startup Boot Disk. During the startup process, a menu will pop up asking you whether you want to boot with or without CD-Rom drive support or whether you want more information. Select "With CD-Rom drive support".
When the system finishes the boot process, take note of the drive letter that is assigned to your CD Rom drive. As an example, if your computer has only one hard drive, and on that drive only one partition, and you only have one CD Rom drive, normally that CD Rom drive letter would be "D". This is not the case with the Windows 98 Startup Boot Disk. The special boot floppy used by Windows 98 now comes with all of the tools necessary to prepare your hard drive and load Windows 98. To accomplish this, the boot disk creates a "virtual drive" into which are copied all of these tools and it is then assigned a drive letter right after the hard drive. Therefore, given the same circumstances as described above, your CD Rom drive letter will be bumped from "D" to "E" for the installation. Note however, that this temporary drive assignment will revert to the normal "D" drive letter assignment at the conclusion of the installation.
At the MS-DOS prompt "A:\>" type "E:\setup" (without the quotes) and touch the enter key. "E" represents your CD-Rom drive letter. It should look like this before you touch the enter key: A:\>E:\setup. If you have more than one hard drive and/or partition, you will need to change "E" to whatever drive letter the Windows 98 Start Boot Disk created during the boot process.
Click the "Next" button and we will take you through a step by step of what you should see throughout the installation process.