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Cannot Install Windows Operating System Without a Bootable CD or Startup Disk

SYMPTOMS
You cannot install an alternative Windows operating system if your computer does not support starting the computer from the CD-ROM drive, and you do not have a bootable Startup disk.
RESOLUTION
To resolve this behavior, create a Windows 98 Startup disk or a Windows Millennium Edition Startup disk on any Windows 98-based or Windows Millennium Edition-based computer. After you create the bootable Startup disk, install your licensed copy of a Windows operating system. For more information about how to install your own operating system, see the Virtual PC online help.
MORE INFORMATION
For additional information about how to create a Startup disk, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
267287 How to Create a Startup Disk in Windows Me
284943 How to Create a Windows 95 Startup Disk in MS-DOS
296532 How to Create a Windows 98 Startup Disk
186300 How to Create a Windows 98 Startup Disk from MS-DOS
187632 How to Create a Windows 98 Startup Disk that Supports FAT32
271823 How to Create a Windows Me Startup Disk Manually
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Article ID: 825336 - Last Review: 09/10/2011 07:17:00 - Revision: 3.0

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