Hello friends. I've been trying to reinstall Win98se over the existing one. Along the line I'm told the ff on the monitor: " Your computer may have a disk-compression program installed on it. Because this system may contain an existing operating system or data, setup cannot continue....." What does this mean and what is the way around it? Thanx
Thanks MichelleC, but the m/c refused to do the reinstallation. There was no cloning or anything like that. Also thanks to you, alcudia. How does one tell whether his hd is compressed? Thanks again to you both.
To compress your drive in Win98 you would have had to run something called DriveSpace3. You would then se in explorer an additional drive. I think the default letter was H. However it is possible for this "Host Drive" to be hidden.
If you cannot see this drive open DriveSpace. I think it's found under accessories. and have a look a what is revealed. Memory about this is a bit dim now, but you should see enough to reveal whether it is compressed or not, together with the options to decompress.
If you do have to decompress you will have to make sure there is enough space. I think that Drive Space comes up with a window showing the before and after space on the drive, and will certainly tell you if there is not enough. In which case you will have to delete until there is.
Drive C is actually one huge folder that is in the host drive.
Thanx again, Alcudia. I couldn't find DriveSpace under accessories. I then went to start/Find and typed in DriveSpace and proceeded but it could not be found on the pc. In Windows Explorer, there are only 3 drives registered - A, C and D. Anymore suggestuions? I appreciate your help, Alcudia.
Most times Win98se will re-instal over the top with no problems, but it needs to be done from DOS using a boot floppy disk with CD support. If you haven't got one go to click here and download the file for win98se. Make sure your BIOS is set to boot from floppy first. Now reboot your computer with the Boot Disk in and when you get to the A:\ prompt put the Windows CD in and change to D: and then type setup and press enter.
If that doesn't work you need to find the file called command.com which is normally in C:\Windows and delete it. (this is the file that is informing you there is already an operating system on this computer) and then try again.