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    l was referred to this forum to see if l can get any help here, lve tryed everywhere else and everyone else.and no luck with my puter yet, my son did something to our puter and l was then told to reformat the hard drive, lm now having major problems, l've tried everything and wen l get to the a prompt lm told that its a bad command or file name, the cdrom is no longer ready to be read, lve even changed tho BOIS to every possible selection, l also got a new boot98se.exe disk yet it wont boot up with that, then wen l get the puter booted to the a prompt again and insert the bootse.exe disk again lm then faced with the message that it cant be run in dos....so if anyone can help u'll save a young boys life......lol

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    are you sure that the floppy drive isnt bad??? And have you tried just booting from the Win98SE CD, with CDROM drive set as first boot device.......I had a brainwave, and thought of those two ideas

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    Unless the "bootse.exe" disk you're talking about is something different than I am aware of, you have to use that file within Windows to create a bootable floppy disk. Another way to get a bootable floppy disk is to find a friend with Win98 installed and create one from the Add/Remove Programs portion of the Control Panel. When you double click the Add/Remove icon, there should be a window that opens up with three tabs toward the top. Select the one that says to create a boot disk and then it will take you through a simple wizard to accomplish the task you want.

    But like amd_man2000 said above, if your motherboard is capable of booting from the CD drive, then use that with the Win98 disk already in the drive. Since it is a bootable disk, you should be able to go from there. Of course, some older motherboards don't support this function so the floppy disk is the only choice.

    Let us know if this helps out and we'll go from there to get you back up to speed. :)
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    a good chance that a PC from the era of Windows 98 will not boot from CD.

    Hence, the need for a boodisk - to load the CDROM drivers.

    Darth is correct - the file on your floppy is the file you USE to create a boot floppy. The file itself is not the necessary files to create a bootdisk until the executable is run, and the directions followed to create a proper boot disk.
    (I can see how that could be confusing)

    No big thing - the youngster may have had a mishap, or Windows itself may have pulled one of it's notorious misdeeds

    Http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
    has the .exe file, if you need to DL it from another system.
    Control Panel utility works great too.

    basically once you get a proper boot disk;
    set your boot order to A:/C:/CD
    shutdown
    insert floppy
    power on

    at that point, you will see some rigamarole "Oak Technologies yada yada yada"
    till you get to an A prompt
    A:\
    at the prompt type D:\ or whatever is appropriate - often E:\ on a Win 98 system as the use of a RAMDRIVE is necessary.
    The files from bootdisk.com use R:/ as stated here;
    http://www.bootdisk.com/read1st.htm
    should take you to a D: prompt
    D:\
    if that works - insert the Windows CD and do a "dir"
    like this
    dir
    that should show you a list of the root directories on the Windows CD

    when you got all that going for you, just type
    SETUP.EXE
    at the D: prompt

    and follow the instructions on the screen

    any problems, just give a holler - one of our volunteers will be along shortly

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    l'd like to thank everyone for giving me advice on the problem l am facing......at the moment in time l have a few problems so it seems...one is lm stuck in dos and windows doesnt seem to be on my system now.....wen l try to do anything other than load the boot disk l get a responce message saying CDR101 Not ready reading drive f.....abort, retry.fail?

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    well this is strange that even after following all the detailed advice, you were not able to get windows on your PC.

    let me take it step-by-step...and please post whether you did it all like this or not.

    1) You configured your BIOS to boot from a floppy.
    2) You prepared a bootdisk and booted with its help, to get a A:\ prompt.
    3) You inserted your windows 98se CD in your CD-ROM drive now.
    4) You type D:\ or E:\ at the A:\ prompt (It can be anything depending upon the way bootdisk works).
    5) Once you get D:\ or E:\, you type dir (remember only of them would show contents similar to a win98 CD and will show a setup.exe)

    did you do all those steps? if you did then on which step did you get that "abort retry fail?" ?
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    once again l dont know if lm doing anything wrong.......l have a windows boot disk .....and wen l have set the BIOS to read the floppy and l type in d/ or e/ and lm getting the message reading drive f....abort , retry, fail?

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    I think that it's about time that ya coughed up some hardware details as what ya doin' should be a relative easy process.

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    in particular;
    what CDROM are you using - if it requires prorietary drivers they will have to be added to the bootdisk and files will require editing.

    Did that disk come from the files at http://www.bootdisk.com ?
    If so, try R:/
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