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Description of Windows 98 Setup Process

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This article describes the different phases of Windows 98 Setup.
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Windows 98 Setup can be divided into the following phases:

  1. Pre-file copy phase
  2. File copy phase
  3. Enumeration/detection phase
  4. Configuring system settings
  5. Configuring Internet Explorer settings

Pre-File Copy Phase

During this phase, Windows 98 Setup runs ScanDisk on the hard disk, setsup the Windows 98 Setup Wizard, determines the folder in which to installWindows 98, prompts you for your CD Key number, and determines thecomponents to be installed with Windows 98.

Windows 98 Setup first displays the End User License Agreement (EULA).When you accept the EULA, Windows 98 Setup prompts you for your CD Keynumber. The CD Key number is a twenty-five digit value located on the backof the Windows 98 CD-ROM sleeve.

When you run Windows 98 Setup from within Microsoft Windows 95, Setupautomatically installs Windows 98 to the same folder in which Windows 95is installed. When you run Windows 98 Setup from Windows 3.1 or MS-DOS,you are prompted for the folder in which to install Windows 98.

Windows 98 Setup then runs ScanReg to test the integrity of the registry.ScanReg also makes a backup copy of the registry at this point.

You are then prompted to save system files from the previous operatingsystem. Saving these files enables to uninstall Windows 98. Note that ifyou convert your hard disk to FAT32, you no longer have the option touninstall Windows 98.

Windows 98 Setup then determines what components to install based on thefollowing criteria:

  • If you run Windows 98 Setup from within Windows 95, Windows 98 Setup automatically installs the same components that are installed in Windows 95.
  • If you run Windows 98 Setup from MS-DOS or from within Windows 3.1, you are prompted to perform a Typical, Portable, Compact, or Custom Setup.
After you select a Setup option, you are prompted for the locale for theInternet channels.

You are then prompted to create a Windows 98 Startup disk. After youcreate a Windows 98 startup disk, Setup proceeds to the file copy phase.


File Copy Phase

During this phase, Windows 98 Setup copies the files needed to completeSetup. This involves copying files from the Windows 98 CD-ROM or sharednetwork drive to your local hard disk.


Enumeration/Detection Phase

During this phase, Windows 98 Setup determines what hardware componentsare installed in your computer. This phase requires you to restart yourcomputer either once or twice, depending on the type of hardware in yourcomputer. This Setup phase can be identified by the Setting Up Hardwarescreen.


Configuring System Settings

During this phase, Windows 98 Setup configures Control Panel, prompts youfor the appropriate time zone, and finalizes system settings inpreparation for the first time Windows 98 is started.


Configuring Internet Explorer Settings

During this phase, which occurs when Windows 98 Setup restarts for thelast time, Internet Explorer configures personal settings and any otheroptional Internet utilities installed with Windows 98.
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Article ID: 195568 - Last Review: 06/22/2014 19:21:00 - Revision: 3.0

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