Ok, here's everything. I start out by using a good Windows 98 SE Floppy, I boot into DOS and I format the drive using the following command:
A:\>Format C: /q/s
I dont give the drive a name at this point because of the hell I'm going through. Then I give it system properties with the command:
After the system is Transfered. I copy all the files from the floppy to the hard drive:
A:\>copy *.* c:
When it asks to replace certain files, I make sure I dont replace the files I just added such as the Command.com and Drivespce.bin.
So now it copies over some 19 files. I edit the Autoexec.bat file to have the C:\ Path instead of the A:\ path since this boot setup will be used on hard drives on a system that has no A Drive.
I restart and here is exactly what happends:
Microsoft Windows 98 Startup Menu
1. Start computer with CD-ROM support.
2. Start computer without CD-ROM support.
3. View the Help file.
Enter a choice: _
I choose 1 because I want to make sure that it loads the CDROM Drivers and it then gives me the Windows 98 Load screen for some odd reason. This freaked me out. Then it says:
Preparing to start your computer.
This may take a few minutes. Please wait...
Not ready reading drive A
Abort, Retry, Fail?
The only thing that will work is Abort or Fail. So I press Abort. and it gives me :
The Windows 98 startup disk could not create a temporary drive for the diagnostic tools. This may be because this computer has less than the minimum required extended memory.
Path not found - :\COMMAND.COM
Path not found - :\EXTRACT.EXE
Path not found - :\README.TXT
Bad command or file name
The diagnostic tools were sucessfully loaded to drive .
File not found
to get help, type HELP and press ENTER.
And here is the end... What do I do next?