Windows® 98 Startup Disk
How to create a startup disc for Windows® 98 operating system?
Startup disc is very essential for installing Windows® 98. It is a disc which allows the user to boot the computer if the normal method of installing Windows® 98 is not running or showing some problems. There are all the necessary data in startup disc which are required for installing Windows® 98.
We will be discussing about Windows® 98 startup disc in the following points:
- Contents of startup disc
- Creating startup disc
- Using command line
- The master boot records
Contents of startup disc
Startup disc is also called emergency disc as it is very helpful for installing Windows® 98 for those who do not have the CD of the operating system. There are numerous files in it. Some of the files are IO.SYS, MSDOS.SYS, CONFIG.SYS, HIMEM.SYS, AUTOEXEC.BAT, etc. Each file carries different property. These tools allow the user to initialize the hard disk.
Creating startup disc
We can create startup disc using MS DOS in Windows® 98. At first we need to insert a floppy disk into the floppy disk drive. Then we need to click on ‘Start’ option and open ‘My computer’. There we can find the floppy disk location. After that we need to format the floppy disk by right clicking. Then we have to click on the check box next to the option ‘Create an MS-DOS startup disk’. Then we should click ‘Start’ and the formatting process will be started. The user will be notified when the process is complete.
We can also create startup disc by using the command line. At first we should go to the ‘Start’ option and then ‘Run’. After that we should type ‘cmd’ there and then click ‘OK’. A command prompt will come. Then we should insert a floppy disk into the drive. Then we need to press enter when the drive is ready. There are some commands which are needed to be entered in the command prompt in order to make a startup disc. The commands are ‘cd windowscommand’, then ‘smartdrv.exe’ and lastly ‘bootdisk a:.’ ‘Smartdrv’ is not required to create a startup disc but it is required to speed up the work of the startup disc. This startup disc can be used for both the editions of Windows® 98, Microsoft® Windows® 98 Standard Edition and Microsoft® Windows® 98 Second Edition.
We can see very often that some Windows® 98 CD is unbootable. The most common cause of it is the master boot records of the boot drive. ‘FDISK’ is the official tool which is used to manipulate the contents of the Windows® 98. It is a good idea to work with ‘FDISK’. But ‘FDISK’ only provides the facility to create the primary partition in Windows® 98.