I am having trouble wiping my c drive to reinstall. How do I access MS DOS? I used to be able to do it in 98 but I am running XP now. I have an xp upgrade disk so want to put 98 back then upgrade so need to config as FAT32 or 98 wont run. First i need to wipe the C drive I have been into command prompt but that willnot format
Put the first disk in your floppy drive having gone into your bios and set the fd as the first boot device, You will be asked for each of the disks in turn, at some point you will be asked about hd formatting, answer the question appropriately. Can't help you in more detail cos it is a while since I used these disks.
if you want to format and install win98 then you would need the win98 SE boot disk from click here, the windowsXP boot floppys will not allow you to install an older operating system.
ensure your bios is set to load from floppy first.
using the windows 98 startup disk, with the floppy in the drive, start your pc, when the menu appears, choose the option for setup without a cdrom drive (it is slightly quicker) and you will be re-booting anyway so you can choose to start with cdrom support later.
the setup will make a RAM partition (usually drive D:) unless you have more than one hard drive, as you are booting at this stage without cdrom support it wont see your cdrom drives.
you need to change to the RAM drive ie typing
at the prompt A:\ this will then change to D:\, (check what letter is shown as the RAM drive and change the D: to whatever the RAM drive letter is).
type dir and press enter, it will list all files, make sure that "format" is there, then type
press enter and wait.
once done, reboot your pc and this time choose start with cdrom support, this will recognise your cdrom and allow you to insdtall win98
you would need to insert the win98 cdrom and type the drive letter of your cdrom ie D: or E:, then type
and press enter
or you could try booting from your win98 cdrom without a floppy in the drive. (your bios will need to read cdrom BEFORE the hard drive)
Start by using Killdisk, this removes Partitions. You can then use a Win98se Start Floppy to partition and Format as fat32. click here on the left boot disc is tenth file down click here boot disc should be created on a Fat32 system