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Startup Disk | Windows98 |


General Information

The Startup Disk is a disk that the user creates for using when the computer will not boot properly into Windows. It can also be called a Boot Disk or an Emergency Repair Disk. Normally during the installation of windows a Startup disk is created. Additionally, programs like  Symantec's Anti Virus also can create their own Startup Disks.

To create a startup disk follow the directions below.

A) Create the disk from within windows, using the control panel.

1) Open the Control Panel
2) Double Click the "Add/Remove Programs" icon to open it.
3) Click the "Startup Disk" tab on the top right corner of the window
4) click the "Create Disk...: button

Place a blank disk in the Floppy Drive.

The computer will format it and place selected files on the disk. This disk can then be used in case you have problems entering windows.

B) Create the startup disk using the FAT32ebd program.

Follow the instructions found on the "FAT32ebd" page.

C) Create the disk by downloading a file from the internet.

You can download a file from bootdisk.com that can create a bootable floppy disk.

Note: When you create a regular startup disk it will boot the computer but will not provide support for the cd-rom drive unless the contents of the config.sys file and autoexec.bat file have the appropriate entries added. These entries are shown below for a startup disk capable of running the windows setup or just giving you a prompt. When the entries below are used, a selection menu will appear letting you select either a re-install of windows or a DOS prompt with or without cd support. Of course do NOT select the option for installing windows since it can erase your drive, but rather select the option for the Command Prompt with CD-ROM support..

Note: You can also create a boot disk for windows 98 using a download file from our site. Use our FAQ search page to find the instructions page.

 

Disk Contents

"Contents of the Windows 98 Startup Disk" - see Microsoft KB article Q185645 (121).

ASPI2DOS.SYS 35,330 - download aspi2dos.sys 
AUTOEXEC.BAT 1,103 
CONFIG.SYS 629 
SETRAMD.BAT 1,416 
README.TXT 15,608 
FINDRAMD.EXE 6,855 
RAMDRIVE.SYS 12,663 
ASPI4DOS.SYS 14,386 
BTCDROM.SYS 21,971 - 
ASPICD.SYS 29,620 - ...download the "ASPICD.sys" file 
BTDOSM.SYS 30,955 
ASPI8DOS.SYS 37,564 
ASPI8U2.SYS 40,792 
FLASHPT.SYS 64,425 
EXTRACT.EXE 93,242 
FDISK.EXE 63,900 - ...download the "Fdisk.exe" file.
DRVSPACE.BIN 68,871 
COMMAND.COM 93,880 - ...download the "command.com" file,
HIMEM.SYS 33,191 - ...download the "himem.sys" file,
OAKCDROM.SYS 41,302 - ...download the "OAKCDROM.sys" file, 
EBD.CAB 272,206 

 

DLL Files

Contents of the Config.sys file - (for a boot disk that can detect a cd-rom drive ).

[menu]
menuitem=SETUP_CD, Start Windows 98 Setup from CD-ROM.
menuitem=CD, Start computer with CD-ROM support.
menuitem=NOCD, Start computer without CD-ROM support.
menudefault=SETUP_CD,30
menucolor=7,0

[SETUP_CD]
device=himem.sys /testmem:off
device=oakcdrom.sys /D:oemcd001 
device=btdosm.sys 
device=flashpt.sys
device=btcdrom.sys /D:oemcd001
device=aspi2dos.sys
device=aspi8dos.sys
device=aspi4dos.sys
device=aspi8u2.sys
device=aspicd.sys /D:oemcd001

[CD]
device=himem.sys /testmem:off
device=oakcdrom.sys /D:oemcd001 
device=btdosm.sys 
device=flashpt.sys
device=btcdrom.sys /D:oemcd001
device=aspi2dos.sys
device=aspi8dos.sys
device=aspi4dos.sys
device=aspi8u2.sys
device=aspicd.sys /D:oemcd001

[NOCD]
device=himem.sys /testmem:off

[COMMON]
files=60
buffers=20
dos=high,umb
stacks=9,256
lastdrive=z

A minimal configuration for the config.sys and autoexec.bat files that can boot with cd-rom support needs the following entries...

Config.sys file

files=60
buffers=20
dos=high,umb
stacks=9,256
lastdrive=z

device=himem.sys /testmem:off
device=oakcdrom.sys /D:oemcd001 
device=btdosm.sys 
device=flashpt.sys
device=btcdrom.sys /D:oemcd001
device=aspi2dos.sys
device=aspi8dos.sys
device=aspi4dos.sys
device=aspi8u2.sys
device=aspicd.sys /D:oemcd001

Autoexec.bat

 LH MSCDEX.EXE /D:oemcd001 /L:D

 

Contents of the Autoexec.bat file

@ECHO OFF
set EXPAND=YES
SET DIRCMD=/O:N
cls
set temp=c:\
set tmp=c:\
path=a:\

IF "%config%"=="NOCD" GOTO QUIT
LH MSCDEX.EXE /D:oemcd001 /L:D

echo.
IF "%config%"=="SETUP_CD" goto AUTOSETUP
GOTO QUIT

:AUTOSETUP
set CDROM=FOO23
FINDCD.EXE
if "%CDROM%"=="FOO23" goto NOCDROM
path=a:\;%CDROM%\
%CDROM%
cd \WIN98
echo.
OEMSETUP.EXE
goto QUIT

:NOCDROM
echo.
echo The Windows 98 Setup files were not found.
echo.

:QUIT

 

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