Windows XP Upgrade Can't See Win 98 Floppy....


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Guest

Hello,

If anyone can help me with this, I'd greatly appreciate it.

I've created an entirely new computer, using an up to date office-grade
motherboard, cpu, modem, hard-drive, and DVD-ROM drive. This is a computer
for the office at work and doesn't require anything other than the capacity
to run Windows XP Pro, which I have purchased my new components using the
system req's on the XP site as a guide.

I am trying to upgrade to Win XP Pro using a Windows 98 Floppy. The Windows
prompt is asking for me to insert the Win 98 CD ~ in which case, there isn't
one. It also says to copy the files from the Floppy to the new hard drive,
but it isn't working that way at all.

Can anyone assist? I'm not sure why the upgrade to Windows XP Pro isn't
reading the Windows 98 floppy; other than the fact that it's a floppy and not
a CD.

What should I do? My sincerest thanks for your time.
 
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Mike Hall \(MS-MVP\)

Roz

To upgrade, or use an UPGRADE XP CD, you need a qualifying product.. in the
case of upgrading Win 98, you would need the Win 98 CD.. a Win 98 start-up
diskette just doesn't cut it..
 
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Guest

Hi Mike,

What does the Win 98 start-up diskette do? My boss handed me that as the
version of 98 that we had. If it's on a disk, I'll have to find it, I suppose.

Thanks for your help!
 
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Malke

Roz said:
Hi Mike,

What does the Win 98 start-up diskette do? My boss handed me that as
the version of 98 that we had. If it's on a disk, I'll have to find
it, I suppose.
The Win98 startup disk - known as a "boot disk" - has DOS files on it
and usually some CD-ROM drivers. It lets you boot into DOS and the
CD-ROM drivers let DOS "see" the CD drive (normally it wouldn't). Then
you put the Win98 CD in the drive and either copy the Win98 directory
onto the C: drive (to a folder called "Win98" is good) and run
Setup.exe or you can run Setup.exe directly from the CD. It's better to
copy the Win98 files to the hard drive and run Setup from there if you
have enough room.

Bottom line, you have to have the operating system CD, not just a boot
disk.

Malke
 
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Mike Hall \(MS-MVP\)

Roz

The Win 98 start-up diskette is a bootable diskette containing files and
executable programming to start a computer at its almost its most basic
level.. one can access other drives (assuming they are in a format that can
be read by DOS), partition and format hard drives, access your CD drive
etc..

There is absolutely nothing on a Win 98 start-up diskette that even gets
close to qualifying material for an XP upgrade.. you should ask your boss
for a genuine Win 98 or Win ME CD..
 
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Guest

Thanks you guys! I appreciate it. :)






Malke said:
The Win98 startup disk - known as a "boot disk" - has DOS files on it
and usually some CD-ROM drivers. It lets you boot into DOS and the
CD-ROM drivers let DOS "see" the CD drive (normally it wouldn't). Then
you put the Win98 CD in the drive and either copy the Win98 directory
onto the C: drive (to a folder called "Win98" is good) and run
Setup.exe or you can run Setup.exe directly from the CD. It's better to
copy the Win98 files to the hard drive and run Setup from there if you
have enough room.

Bottom line, you have to have the operating system CD, not just a boot
disk.

Malke
--
Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic!"
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
 
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Ken Blake, MVP

Mike said:
To upgrade, or use an UPGRADE XP CD, you need a qualifying product..
in the case of upgrading Win 98, you would need the Win 98 CD.. a Win
98 start-up diskette just doesn't cut it..


Just a clarification here. I'm sure you know this, but someone reading this
might be confused. You need the Windows 98 CD only if you are doing a
*clean* installation with the XP Upgrade CD. If you are directly upgrading
Windows 98 (Windows 98 is installed on the drive) no Windows 98 CD is
required.
 
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Mike Hall \(MS-MVP\)

Ken

This was slightly personalised reply in that the OP was given a Win 98 boot
diskette as qualifying material, and as far as I can make out, does not have
Win 98 either installed already, or on CD.. a quaint solution, if entirely
useless, eh.. :)

Having said that, I would never recommend anybody buy the upgrade XP CD
unless they were in possession of a working and valid qualifying CD, be that
Win 98/ME and any version of Windows applicable after that..

To anybody else reading this post..

Please bear in mind that, in the event of major hard drive failure, you WILL
need a valid MICROSOFT OS CD in order to 'qualify' the upgrade version of
whatever OS you bought.. recovery sets issued by OEM suppliers like HP,
Compaq etc will NOT cut it.. this applies also to upgrade MS Office CD's..

In relation to the XP upgrade CD..
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q290540

and for MS Office.. http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=210437
 
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Ken Blake, MVP

Mike said:
This was slightly personalised reply in that the OP was given a Win
98 boot diskette as qualifying material, and as far as I can make
out, does not have Win 98 either installed already, or on CD.. a
quaint solution, if entirely useless, eh.. :)


Understood, Mike. I just wanted to clarify what could have been seen by
others as a general statement.


Having said that, I would never recommend anybody buy the upgrade XP
CD unless they were in possession of a working and valid qualifying
CD, be that Win 98/ME and any version of Windows applicable after
that..


Nor would I.
 
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Mike Hall \(MS-MVP\)

Ken

It will be seen as that by some anyway.. is what comes of wearing a hat
sporting the 'blue' logo.. :)
 
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