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Posted: April 15, 2000
Written By: Keith "Farrel" McClellan
So maybe that wasn’t the last thing – it was the second to last thing. If you decide to go the way of 98Lite (which I whole-heartedly recommend if you are willing to screw with it a bit), burning yourself a CD copy of the modified setup files is a slick way to go about it. As long as you own copies of both Win98 and Win95, it’s not even the slightest bit illegal either. This is the last I’m going to mention 98Lite, because I know not all of you will use it, but I recommend installing 98lite using the “chubby” installation method and then going back and installing the Win95 shell afterwards – this can save a lot of headaches, particularly if you count on IE for your web-browsing.
Partitioning and Formatting
If you are one of the above exceptions, you may be able to skip this section – but if I were you, I’d do it anyway – there is nothing like a clean boot sector and FAT.
First, you are going to want to repartition your hard drive into (at least) two logical drives using FDISK. Each of these logical drives, or partitions, should have at least 2 gigs of space in them. If you can’t devote that much space or each partition, then just stick with Win98.
The basic usage of FDISK goes like this – boot up into DOS (using a boot disk or whatever – just make sure it is really DOS and not some virtual piece of crap) and run FDISK. Delete all of the partitions, logical drives, etc on the hard drive you are going to be partitioning, and then create two logical drives of at least 2 gigs in size. Make sure you use up all of the available space on the drive though – or else you won’t be using the full capacity of the drive. I’d recommend directly dictating the size of the C drive and then letting the computer use the rest of the available space for the D drive.
Once you have partitioned your drive, you will need to reboot your computer with a boot disk of some sort. Then, run format on both of the drives (C & D). You can use the default settings – just make sure you are using a Win98 boot disk (or booting with the Win98 CD) or else you might inadvertently format the drive to FAT16 – which would be very bad.
Installing Windows 98
Go ahead and install Win98 now on the C drive. If you are using 98lite (sorry, couldn’t resist) use 98lite.exe to install – otherwise use the setup /iw command. It will save you from having to go through some of the copyright crapola. Go ahead and install it as you please (I’d recommend going ahead and removing some of the options using the advanced installation, but that’s up to you).