Clean install of Windows 98

Windows 98 clean install and startup tweaks.

My Online Notes

This information is online so I have access to it when I'm away from home and doing a clean install of the Windows 98 operating system on a computer.

First I backup all the files I want to save including emails and the email address book. If I save to a cd I have to remember to remove the read-only attributes after I restore them.
Backup and restore outlook express emails, and email address book
Next I identify all of the peripherals and acquire the device drivers for them. This would include the sound card, modem, video card, network card, monitor, printer, scanner, cameras, and anything else connected to the computer that requires drivers.

Then I make sure I have the full version of windows 98. Not the upgrade version. I have to make sure I have the product key for it. If I have the disk but don't have the product key I can find it this way:
press start
select run
type regedit
press ok
at the registry window press edit
select find
type productkey
write these twenty characters down
they are in five sets of five
Then I create a start up disk like this:
press run
select settings
select control panel
click on add/remove programs
select the startup disk tab
create a startup disk with a blank 3.5 inch floppy
Next I reboot the computer with the startup disk using cdrom support. Then I verify the windows 98 cd can be read like this:
at the a prompt:
a:\>
type: e:
at the e prompt:
e:\>
type: dir/p
press enter to scroll down
I should see a list of files and directories including a folder called win98
This is what I do to prepare a new hard drive for a clean install:
at the a prompt:
a:\>
type: fdisk
press: enter
select: enable large disk support
select: create dos partition or logical dos drive
select: create primary dos partition
select: use the entire drive
press: esc
reboot with the startup disk using cdrom support
This is what I do to prepare a used hard drive for a clean install:
at the a prompt:
a:\>
type: fdisk
press: enter
select: display partition information
write this information down
press: esc
select: enable large disk support
select: delete partition or logical drive
press: esc
If there are more partitions or logical drives delete them too
select: delete extended dos partition
press: esc
reboot with the startup disk using cdrom support
at the a prompt:
a:\>
type: fdisk
press: enter
select: enable large disk support
select: create dos partition or logical dos drive
select: create primary dos partition
select: use the entire drive
press: esc
reboot with the startup disk using cdrom support
Next I format the hard drive. This is how I do it:
at the a prompt:
a:\>
type: format c:
press: enter
After the hard drive is formated I start the windows 98 installation. I like to install windows 98 from the hard drive rather than the cd. This is how I do that:
at the a prompt:
a:\>
type: c:
press: enter
type: md windows
press: enter
type: md windows\cabs
press: enter
type: cd\windows\cabs
press: enter
type: copy a:\win98\*.*
press: enter
type: setup
press: enter
When the setup program gets to the part where it asks what directory I want to install windows in, it will have two options. Select the folder called windows. That is the same folder I have already created. Windows has no folder called cabs, so it won't overwrite the subdirectory I created called cabs.

I will need a blank 3.5 in floppy for the setup to create a new startup disk.

When windows is installed from the hard drive I will never be asked for the windows cd ever again, even if I add or remove windows features. The reason I put the folder with the cab files in the windows directory is because I like the root directory of c: to have the fewest amount of folders possible. Also the cab files are part of windows so I feel they belong in the windows directory.

Once the Windows 98 operating system is installed I like to do a few tweaks to make it faster. First I like to remove the windows 98 startup logo. This is how I do that:
open windows explorer
at the root directory of c: open the file called msdos.sys with notepad
under the text [Options] add these two values: BootDelay=0 Logo=0
save the file
Next I like to do a registry modification to make the start menu a little faster. This is how I do that:
press start
select run
type regedit
press ok
at the registry window open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
look for a value called MenuShowDelay
if the value isn't there right click in the unused area on the right
select new S tring Value
name the new value MenuShowDelay
double click on MenuShowDelay and change the value data to 0
reboot the computer
I like to do another registry modification to get rid of the shortcut arrows in the icons on the desktop. This is how I do that:
press start
select run
type regedit
press ok
at the registry window open HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile
delete the value IsShortcut
at the registry window open HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\piffile
delete the value IsShortcut
reboot the computer


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