How to Create a Windows 98 Startup Disk from MS-DOS

Summary

This article describes how to make a Windows 98 Startup disk from MS-DOS. This may be necessary if you cannot start Windows 98 normally, but you can start your computer to a command prompt and access your hard disk. This may also be necessary if you have a laptop computer that has a CD-ROM drive and a floppy disk drive that are interchangeable.

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To make a Windows 98 Startup disk from MS-DOS, use the following steps:

  1. Restart your computer, press and hold down the CTRL key until the Windows 98 Startup menu appears, and then choose Command Prompt Only from the Startup menu.
  2. Insert a blank, formatted floppy disk into drive A.
  3. Type the following commands, pressing ENTER after each command:

    cd windows\command
    smartdrv.exe
    bootdisk a:


    NOTE: Smartdrv.exe is not required to create a Windows 98 Startup disk. It is used only to speed the creation of the startup disk.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish making the Startup disk.
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Article ID: 186300 - Last Review: Jun 22, 2014 - Revision: 1

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