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How do I re-install or repair W98 without original software?

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This computer wasn't a name brand computer. They installed W98 on top of 95 but I didn't get the software.

I think the CAB files on on the hard drive if that helps.

The computer is pretty well messed up.

Can I do anything without the software?

If not, I may have all the software from another computer in the near future. What else would I have to do? Get all the names of hardware that uses drivers before I re-install and have ready for use?

Thanks.

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First your going to need a cd-key or what we now know as certificate of authenticity. This should be mounted on your system or you should have booklet with it on it. If that company gave an upgrade to 98 without this than they pirated it to you and your going to have to obtain a legal copy at this point. Remember that 98 isn't supported anymore by Microsoft, so getting a disk "new" may be tricky unless you buy from somewhere like eBay.

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There is a key with this software that would come with this other computer if I buy it.

Isn't that all that all that is necessary? I'm thinking I would have to find the drivers (like modem) that run my first computer which might be difficult.

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try going to a dos prompt, go to

c/windows/options/cabs

type setup

hit enter...

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try going to a dos prompt, go to

c/windows/options/cabs

type setup

hit enter...

I don't have it here. Should this re-install it?

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oh well that is typically where all the cab files are at least from what i have seen.

all the required files are not always on the hard drive.

perhaps you could borrow a disc. or find a ISO online...

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oh well that is typically where all the cab files are at least from what i have seen.

all the required files are not always on the hard drive.

perhaps you could borrow a disc. or find a ISO online...

I don't mean to confuse the issue.

I have two different computers with W98 and they both have the CAB files listed. If I do what you suggest, what will happen.

When I bought the first computer it had W95 on it and then they put W98 over it but kept the software. They put the CAB files on at that time so maybe that is how they repair a system without the software?

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ok well then you will need to run the setup from dos.

see my previous instructions

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ok well then you will need to run the setup from dos.

see my previous instructions

How do I get to DOS prompt? I forgot how. Hit F8 on startup?

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try going to a dos prompt, go to

c/windows/options/cabs

type setup

hit enter...

Ok, I'm working with my own computer now so I tried the above.

When I went restart to DOS prompt, C:\>windows came up, so I typed in /options/cabs and hit enter and got a bad command. I also used \ instead of /

I then went to c:\>/windows/options/cabs and hit enter and nothing happened. And c:\windows\options\cabs and nothing happened.

Very confusing

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you have to use the command called change directory, or CD.

So you boot DOS, and you will see a pathname. That is the directory you are in in the hard drive.

I have no idea what my DOS boots up in at home. I will give an example using my work computer.

the directory that is in my console is C:\Documents and Settings\Jon Brengle . I am IN that directory as DOS is concerned. So I type DIR and this is what I get.

DIR are the directories that are present in the parent directory or C:\Documents and Settings\Jon Brengle

.GalleryRemote

Desktop

Favorites

My Documents

Start Menu

To go to the My Documents directory I can do two things.

cd "My Documents

cd c:\documents and settings\Jon Brengle\My Documents

And what is in that directory? Use the DIR command.

WOW. Too much.

You are basically doing what you do with your mouse in My computer. In my computer, you are using the mouse to explore the directories of the hard drive.

Now does everything make sense?

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