How to install Microsoft Windows 98

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

Windows 98Below are the steps required to install the standard version of Microsoft Windows 98 and the Second Edition of Windows 98. It is important to realize that some computer manufacturers may have their own proprietary version of Windows 98. Consequently, the steps below may not all apply to how Windows 98 should be installed on your computer. If the following steps do not apply to your situation and you are unable to install Windows, we recommend you contact your computer manufacturer for additional help. Computer Hope cannot know how to install Windows using a specific manufacturer's CD.

  1. If you have not already, you may want to read through the checklist on erasing the computer and starting over.
  2. From the MS-DOS prompt, switch to the CD-ROM drive; commonly this is the D: drive.
  3. Once in the CD-ROM drive, type cd win98 and press enter.
  4. Once in the WIN98 directory, type setup and press enter.
  5. Press Enter to start the check and this should start the Microsoft Windows 98 setup installation. Microsoft Windows 98 will start by checking the hard drive for any errors; once completed, press the Continue button to start the installation.
  6. If you agree with the Microsoft Windows 98 license agreement, check I accept the Agreement and click the Next button.
  7. If you are installing Windows 98 SE, Insert your Microsoft Windows 98 SE product key.
  8. If you are using the Microsoft Windows 98 SE upgrade CD, you may be prompted to insert the original Windows 98 CD or point to the Windows 98 setup at this point.
  9. Windows 98 will then prompt you to where you want to install Windows 98. Unless you want a different directory, leave it at the default C:\Windows directory and click Next.
  10. Choose the setup you want to do; most users will want to remain with the Typical setup. Once the setup has been selected, click the Next button. If you have chosen a setup other than Typical, the steps below may not all apply to your setup.
  11. Choose Install the most common components (Recommended) and click Next.
  12. Enter the computer's identification, if you do not plan on connecting to the computer to a network you can leave the default data and click Next.This information can also be entered later.
  13. Enter your location and click Next.
  14. Click Next to create a startup disk.
  15. If you do not want to create a startup disk, Click Cancel, otherwise put a blank diskette in the computer and click Ok.
  16. Click Ok when prompted to remove the disk.
  17. Click Next to start copying files.
  18. Once ready, click Ok to restart the computer. Make sure if any diskette is in the computer that it is removed from the computer.
  19. If you are installing the original Windows 98, you may be prompted for the Product Key after the computer restarts; insert your Windows 98 Product Key and click Next.
  20. Continue through the remainder of the setup answering each of the questions.

Tip: After Windows has been successfully installed we highly recommend you update Windows with all the latest updates.

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