Originally posted by Technics
Help please. i'm trying to get 4 pcs up and running for an exam on tuesday evening and im having major problems. i dont know the first thing about ms dos ....
i have 4 harddrives that boot straight into ms dos so im guessing they have no operating system on them am i right?.
No, you are wrong. They do have an operating system installed already. It's called MS DOS. DOS is an acronym for Disk Operating System. the MS stands for MicroSoft, which distinguished it from the PC DOS once distributed by IBM (MS initially developed DOS for them) and later sold off to Novell.
Well i need to get windows 98 on to the harddrives. is their a command in ms dos i can type to make it start installing from the cd drive?. i dont have a clue and feel so dumb .
There are a few ways you can do it. If your CD-ROM of Windows 98 is the full version (rather than an upgrade version) and your CD-ROM drive is a bootable one, change your BIOS settings (boot order) and make the CD-ROM drive the first drive to boot from. Then just put your Windows 98 CD-ROM in the drive and reboot your computer.
Yo can also do it in the ways that have been mentioned.
How you replacing Win 3.1 with 98 depends on a few things. If there are no files you wish to save on that drive (or you have made backup copies on floppies or tape), and if you have the full install version of 98, you could just use fdisk, wipe everything out, and start from scratch.
Remember that with multiple hard drives, the additional ones must be configured as slave drives with jumpers, though you cna have two set as master drive if they are on separate channels (most pcs have two IDE channels). Your CD-ROM is probably set as the slave on one of them.
All the above assumes you have EIDE drives. It's a bit different with SCSI drives.
[Edited by Duster on 10-28-2000 at 09:30 AM]