If you go to My Computer and open up C: we might get lucky and you will see a folder labeled WIN98. If so, install XP as usual and all should be right with the world. Then you can format your other drives from XP on C: at will.
YES! The C drive is WIN98. The D drive doesn't have the same programs at all and it has some things installed that the C drive doesn't have.
You should be able to boot to the XP install disk simply by inserting the disk and making sure the CD ROM drive is the first boot device in the system BIOS - and restarting the system.
There's the problem. It won't boot WinXP from the CD drive. When I was trying to install WinME I had the exact same problem. While the BIOS saw both CD-ROMs and I could see both of them in the boot sequence, once I got to the A prompt DOS could not see them. I tried disconnecting one at a time to see if that was the problem but DOS still refuses to see them.
on some of the older motherboards the BIOS doesn't support boot from CD. It would depend on what she has for hardware.
My motherboard isn't more than 4 years old.
But now that she has it booting to the C: she can see the XP CD and should be able to launch it from inside the Win98 OS.
My concern here is that if I boot onto the C drive (where 98 is) and then install XP on top of it I won't have anything to boot from if the system crashes. Am I better off in the long run leaving 98 on the drive and perhaps upgrading that to WIN ME?
Lady Lee, DOS for Win98 is Fat16 or Fat32. It cannot read the file allocation tables on an NTFS drive.
Yes as I was reading about the FAT16/36 and the NTFS drive formats I saw that as an issue. So if I format the C drive as NTFS then I might have no way to boot from WIN98 /DOS