My frined had two home computers that were set up as a home network by some IT guy. My friend had nothing but trouble with these computers and the internet and has never been able to access the net through either of them. Last year i formated my friend and changed the OS to Win 98 and everything went fine. She gave that computer away and so put her sons in her room, so i thought do the same thing again format the drive and load Win 98 but....surprise surprise dos doesn't accept format C..... been a while since i have been in dos so tried a couple of variations on format C: C:\ Nothing worked.....bad command or file name..... any clues?
Assuming you are working from a floppy (boot) disk, are you sure the Format command is actually on the disk? Use dir/p to see the floppy contents and make sure it's there! If so, can only assume a corrupted format file, so suggest copying a fresh version onto the floppy from whatever your source is. Hope that helps. LC.
Sorry if I'm teaching you to suck eggs here, I don't know how much you know.
The startup disc is required so that various files can be loaded onto the machine, so that various commands can be used, like the format c ect.
Also, if the hard drive has been previously formated with the NTFS file system, like the one that comes with Win2000 or XP, then the format c will not work as thats a command that works with the FAT32 file system.
I downloaded the boot disc from the site suggested by geeuk [thanks :)] Everything is fine i was able to load Win98 one small problem......it has created a virtual drive which is a bit of a pain. Can i get rid of the virtaul drive?
I have another couple of probs but i will post seperate Q's. Thanks all for the help :)