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Startup Disk

After establishing your location, Setup prompts you to create a Windows 98 Startup Disk by displaying the Startup Disk dialog box.

The Startup Disk is a bootable system disk with a collection of real-mode Windows 98 commands and utilities that you can use to restart your computer if you have trouble starting Windows 98 or to run diagnostic programs. We recommend that our customers create at least two new Startup Disks. You can create a Startup Disk during Setup and you can create extra copies by using Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel. To make a Startup Disk, you need one 1.44 MB floppy disk or for older machines or those equipped with a 1.2MB floppy drive, two 1.2 MB floppy disks.

To create a Startup Disk during Setup

  1. Click Next on the Startup Disk dialog box and Setup starts creating the Startup Disk.
  2. Label a floppy disk “Windows 98 Startup Disk” and insert it into drive A.

  3. Click OK to create the disk.

To create a Startup Disk using Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel

  1. In Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  2. Click the Startup Disk tab.
  3. Click Create Disk.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen.

The following files will be found on the Windows 98 Startup Disk!

File Function
Aspi2dos.sys Adaptec SCSI Adapter driver.
Aspi4dos.sys Adaptec SCSI Adapter driver.
Aspi8dos.sys Adaptec SCSI Adapter driver.
Aspi8u2dos.sys Adaptec SCSI Adapter driver.
Aspicd.sys Real-mode Adaptec CD-ROM driver.
Autoexec.bat A batch file with a set of instructions that configure your computer when you boot it.
Btcdrom.sys Mylex/BusLogic CD-ROM driver.
Btdosm.sys Mylex/BusLogic CD-ROM driver. Command interpreter.
Config.sys Loads the device drivers.
Drvspace.bin Microsoft DriveSpace compression driver. Cabinet file containing extract utilities.
Ebd.sys A file that identifies the disk as a Windows 98 startup disk.
Extract.exe File to expand the file.
Fdisk.exe Disk partition tool.
Findramd.exe Utility to find the RAM drive during startup.
Flashpt.sys Mylex/BusLogic CD-ROM driver.
Himem.sys XMS Memory Manager.
Io.sys System boot file.
Msdos.sys Boot option information (paths, multiboot, and so on). Lets you change display parameters such as number columns.
Oakcdrom.sys Generic device driver for ATAPI CD-ROM drives.
Ramdrive.sys Creates a Ramdrive during startup.
Readme.txt Readme text document with information about the Windows 98 Startup Disk.
Setramd.bat Searches for first available drive to be a Ramdrive. System transfer tool.

Important! You cannot start Windows 98 if you try to start your computer with a Windows 95 Startup Disk or other existing startup disks (of any version of Microsoft Windows other than Windows 98).

The Startup Disk includes a real-mode generic ATAPI CD-ROM driver (Oakcdrom.sys) that allows the CD-ROM to function when the protected mode of the graphical user interface is not available. This driver is a generic IDE CD-ROM driver, and it does not work with SCSI CD-ROMs.


Start Copying Files

After Setup finishes creating the Startup Disk, the Start Copying Files dialog box appears. Click Next to start copying files.


Copying Windows 98 Files to Your Computer

After Setup has collected the information it needs from your computer, it begins copying the Windows 98 files to your computer. During this phase, Windows 98 Setup does not require your input.

Important! Do not interrupt file copying. If Setup is interrupted during the file-copying phase, Windows 98 may not run when you restart your computer because Windows 98 will not have all of the necessary files to start. If you interrupt Setup during this phase, you must run Setup again.


Restarting Your Computer

After Setup finishes copying the Windows 98 files to your computer, you are prompted to restart your computer. You can click the Restart Now button to restart your computer immediately; if you do not click the button or wait more than 15 seconds to click it, Setup restarts your computer automatically. After Setup restarts your computer, the following message appears on your screen:

"Getting ready to start Windows 98 for the first time."
Setting Up Hardware and Finalizing Settings

During this phase, Setup configures the following:

When Setup finishes setting up hardware and configuring settings, Setup restarts your computer and asks you to log on. If your computer is connected to the network, you may be asked for a domain name and a network password. After you log on, Setup:

Then, Setup displays the Welcome to Windows 98 dialog box.


You Can UNCHECK the box in the bottom Left Corner.     
(Show this Screen Each Time Windows Starts)   

Once Windows 98 Setup is finished, you may find that your screen settings may not be exactly as you want them, but don't try and change anything just yet. There may be a number of other settings and device issues that need to be resolved as well. We'll cover resolving these device issues in the next step, "Clearing the Device Manager". This next step will give the opportunity of checking to make sure that all of your devices have been loaded correctly by Windows 98 as well as enable you to add or change device drivers as necessary. Also, if you find that you need to troubleshoot some problems with the installation, you may want to refer to the basic Windows 98 Troubleshooter.


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