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This article describes how to create a modified Windows 98 Startup disk to gain access to hardware devices using third-party drivers not provided on the Windows 98 CD-ROM.
The Windows 98 Startup disk provides support for most types of CD-ROM drives, including integrated device electronics (IDE) and small computer system interface (SCSI) CD-ROM drives, but it may not support your particular CD-ROM drive or other hardware device (such as a tape drive or removable media drive). To gain access to these hardware devices when you start your computer, you may need to modify the Windows 98 Startup disk. To do so, use either of the following methods:
Modify the Windows 98 Startup Disk
For additional information about the files included on the Windows 98 Startup disk, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
TITLE : Contents of the Windows 98 Startup Disk
Modify or Add files to the Ebd FolderYou can create a modified Windows 98 Startup disk every time you run the Bootdisk.bat file by copying the required device drivers to the Windows\Command\Ebd folder, and then modifying the Config.sys and Autoexec.bat files in the Ebd folder as appropriate. All files in the Ebd folder are copied to the Windows 98 Startup disk, so make sure the folder does not contain more files than the disk can hold (approximately 1,234,432 bytes).
NOTE: Adding files to the Ebd folder does not affect the files copied to a Windows 98 Startup disk created using the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel. These files are copied from the Windows 98 CD-ROM.
For information about how to create a Windows 98 Startup disk using the Add/Remove Programs tool, click Start, click Help, click the Index tab, type startup, and then double-click the "Startup Disk" topic.
For information about how to create a Windows 98 Startup disk using the Bootdisk.bat file, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
TITLE : How to Create a Windows 98 Startup Disk from MS-DOS
For information about specific CD-ROM drives that require real-mode drivers to work in Windows, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
TITLE : CD-ROM Drives Requiring Real-Mode Drivers