Information About Windows® 98 Boot Disk
Get to know more about creating Windows 98 boot disk
Most people do not pay a lot of attention to the process called 'booting' that goes on when they first turn on their computer. However, there may be a time when it is essential to get involved in the boot process in order to solve problems and to make use of something called a boot disk or a 'startup' disk as Microsoft sometimes calls it. You may go through life without ever having to use one, but similar to a spare tire for a car, a boot disk is something everyone should have. There are various versions of boot disk possible, but the basic contents are some form of operating system that will let you run your computer from somewhere other than the hard drive.
Here are tips to create Windows 98 boot disk:
- Use of Boot Disk
- Tips to Create
- Config.sys and Autoexec.bat
Use of Boot Disk
A boot disk will let you boot off of a disk instead of your hard disk. This disk can be used to repair issues that may arise during the lifetime of your computer and/or to help load older MS-DOS games. You should keep in mind that this disk is completely different than a restore CD that may have been included with your computer. After you have created a boot diskette, it is suggested that you write-protect the diskette to prevent possible virus infection in the system and to help the disk from being erased.
Tips to Create
To prepare a boot disk for computers with Windows 98 OS, do a full format on a blank diskette and choose the option 'Copy System Files' from the format menu. This will put in the hidden boot files Io.sys and Msdos.sys and the DOS command interpreter Command.com. It will also add the hidden file called Drvspace.bin, which you do not require except when you are using file compression. After that, add a DOS driver file for your CD drive. It will usually have CD in its name and a .sys extension. Try a search on your computer for this file or copy it from the Windows 'startup' disk. After that add the files that is to say Attrib.exe, Deltree.exe, Edit.com, Extract.exe, Fdisk.exe, Format.com, Himem.sys, Mscdex.exe, Scandisk.exe, Smartdrv.exe, Sys.com, Xcopy.exe, Xcopy32.exe and Xcopy32.mod. These files must all be available on your hard drive.
You should also add Config.sys and Autoexec.bat. For this, use Notepad to create a file with the lines: Device=himem.sys, Device= oakcdrom.sys /D:MSCD001 (If it is oakcdrom.sys for the CD driver, substitute accordingly). Save this file as 'Config.sys' by making sure that Notepad doesn't bear an extra .txt extension at the last part of the filename. You should also include the switch /D:MSCD001 (with a space between it and the driver file). Then use a Notepad to make another file with the lines: mscdex.exe /D:MSCD001, smartdrv.exe. Now save this as 'Autoexec.bat', again making sure that Notepad doesn't bear an extra .txt extension at the last part of the filename.
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