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How to Modify the Windows Startup Disk with Other Device Drivers

This article was previously published under Q188127
SUMMARY
This article describes how to create a modified Windows 98 Startup disk togain access to hardware devices using third-party drivers not provided onthe Windows 98 CD-ROM.
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The Windows 98 Startup disk provides support for most types of CD-ROMdrives, including integrated device electronics (IDE) and small computersystem interface (SCSI) CD-ROM drives, but it may not support yourparticular CD-ROM drive or other hardware device (such as a tape drive orremovable media drive). To gain access to these hardware devices when youstart 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

  1. Refer to the documentation included with your computer or hardware device to determine the file required for access to the device.
  2. Copy the file to the Windows 98 Startup disk.
  3. Using a text editor (such as Notepad), add a line to load the driver in the [COMMON] section of the Config.sys file on the Windows 98 Startup disk.
  4. Check for modifications you may need to make to the Autoexec.bat file on the Windows 98 Startup disk.
The Windows 98 Startup disk has approximately 248,832 bytes available forthe additional files required to gain access to your hardware devices. Ifmore space is required you can delete the unused device drivers copied tothe disk.

For additional information about the files included on the Windows 98Startup disk, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
ARTICLE-ID: 185645
TITLE : Contents of the Windows 98 Startup Disk

Modify or Add files to the Ebd Folder

You can create a modified Windows 98 Startup disk every time you run theBootdisk.bat file by copying the required device drivers to theWindows\Command\Ebd folder, and then modifying the Config.sys andAutoexec.bat files in the Ebd folder as appropriate. All files in the Ebdfolder are copied to the Windows 98 Startup disk, so make sure the folderdoes not contain more files than the disk can hold (approximately1,234,432 bytes).

NOTE: Adding files to the Ebd folder does not affect the files copied to aWindows 98 Startup disk created using the Add/Remove Programs tool inControl Panel. These files are copied from the Windows 98 CD-ROM.

For information about how to create a Windows 98 Startup disk using theAdd/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 theBootdisk.bat file, please see the following article in the MicrosoftKnowledge Base:
ARTICLE-ID: 186300
TITLE : How to Create a Windows 98 Startup Disk from MS-DOS

For information about specific CD-ROM drives that require real-modedrivers to work in Windows, please see the following article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
ARTICLE-ID: 131499
TITLE : CD-ROM Drives Requiring Real-Mode Drivers
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Article ID: 188127 - Last Review: 01/23/2007 15:49:26 - Revision: 1.2

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