Reinstallation of WIN98 - Beginner needs help, Please!:)

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Mikita, Feb 1, 2004.

  1. Mikita

    Mikita Guest


    When I bought a new computer I took the old HD out of my WIN98 e-machine and
    installed it on my HP - that worked just fine and I have access to my old
    files. This was a big deal and scary and I'm happy to leave it there
    because, I don't want to open the HP and take it out.

    Some one gave me a used HD which I put in the old e-machine. This machine
    will be used by my son for games. I used my emachine CD to reboot and ran a
    reinstall to NOT format the HDD. It said it was sucessfull. Now when I
    restart the machine it does not open in windows but at the DOS prompt. I
    only know a couple of cd and dir commands but its enough to show that the
    windows files are there.

    What do I do to get windows to open. I would appreciate any help or

    Mikita, Feb 1, 2004
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    Juan Pérez Guest

    Try typing "win" (no quotes) at the dos prompt.

    Juan Pérez, Feb 1, 2004
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    ICee Guest

    Did you remove the floppy disk? Reset the BIOS to boot from the hard
    drive instead of the CD drive?
    ICee, Feb 1, 2004
  4. Mikita

    Mikita Guest

    I tried but it says Bad Command or File Name.
    Mikita, Feb 1, 2004
  5. Mikita

    Mikita Guest

    There's no floppy there.
    I'm sorry but I don't understand the BIOs, can you give me some more
    direction. Thanks! :)
    Mikita, Feb 1, 2004
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    °Mike° Guest

    °Mike°, Feb 1, 2004
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    ICee Guest

    You said you used your e-machine CD to reboot. Did you boot from the
    When the DOS prompt comes up, does it show C:\, or D:\? (if not, what
    does it show)?
    ICee, Feb 1, 2004
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    Mikita Guest

    it says c:\>

    Mikita, Feb 1, 2004
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    Bob B Guest

    type in 'win'
    Bob B, Feb 1, 2004
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    ICee Guest

    In that case, I suggest you follow the instructions in the link °Mike°
    Good luck.
    ICee, Feb 1, 2004
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    Mikita Guest

    Juan, Mike, BobB,ICee, tthanks for your help. It's working! I didn't follwo
    the we site was too confusing and really know where to start. So I rebooted
    and selected t he option to Format the Hard Dirve. It worked. What's with
    the echo thing and all the yes, no questions at the end i took a bunch of
    uneduated guesses, and it seemed to like what I said. I'm sure I'll be in
    touch again, I'm going to add a network our computers. Take care. Happy
    Mikita, Feb 1, 2004
  12. Two possibilities:
    1) At the prompt, type "win" (without the quotes) and see if that works
    2) Do the install again.. and this time choose to reformat.

    Installing MS-Windows on top of itself without blowing away the old
    version makes for a bad install.

    "Nuke-n-pave" is really the only safe way to go.
    BuffNET Tech Support - MichaelJ, Feb 1, 2004
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