I've just successfully reformatted the hard disk on a friends PC and am trying to perform a clean install of XP.
Having rebooted (with a windows 98 start-up disk), I selected 1 to start the machine in dos 'WITH CD rom support' and am then returned to the command prompt.
my CD drive is E, so I put the XP disk in the drive and type e:setup.exe, but I just get a message saying 'bad command'. When I try the windows 98 second edition disk in and type e:setup.exe it iednetifies it immediately and starts trying to install - what's going on? Any ideas on how do I sort it?
As there is no operating system on the hard drive, you may get away with just inserting the XP disk in the cdrom. It should boot from there. If it does not then you will have to do as Strawballs says and set the boot order in the bios.
Do not use the win98 start up disk as this uses dos and the XP installation cannot be started from this.
I've just read some stuff about this i386 and I'm not sure I understand it entirely, but have a hunch that may be the answer - I'm going to give it a try tomorrow - I need the XP disk in the drive when I do that right? (as opposed to the windows 98 disk?)
Dan - as I mentioned it boots from the Windows 98 CD fine, so surely it is already configured to boot from the CD rom drive?
The win98se startup disk sets up the cd drivers for you to select the win98 installation thats why it works with win98.you should be able to run installation for w98 then add Xp later Im suprised the old system doesnt offer boot from Cd in the Bios advanced options ( if so it may very well be too old to function well with Xp especially if the CDR is controlled from sound card ide port?? )