Installing Windows from cd

Question

How can I fix this problem, or indeed, can I:

After running an emergency Windows disk with CD-ROM support and also doing so in the safe mode, I have been been told that my PC does not have a FAT or FAT32 partition. My Norton software also tells me that my C drive is also 15% fragmented.

Some history/information:

I ran scandisk a number of times; somtimes the task would detect the problem, sometimes not. At no point could it completely repair the problem. Last year my PC was infected with the Sircam worm and after using a program to get rid of the worm, I rebuilt the hard drive, starting with the disk provided by Gateway. I did not go into DOS. I use the PC only for writing and email. No graphic design or gameing. I also scan for viruses on less than bi-weekly. I have scanned at least 5 times during the past week and have found nothing. Error messages include an inability to write to the C-Drive; Insufficient memory to print (when I have over 50% RAM avail.) Yey, for the most part, my PC seems to be limping along. But I fear a crash at any moment.

Thank you for any advice you can offer. Best Wishes, April Sinclair

Answer

This question was answered on February 28, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

You will need to create a partition on your hard drive, If you have an original Windows 98 cd-rom re-install it and go through the installation process and it will create a partition for you You will come to section where you will select a FAT or FAT 32 file system, select and continue with your installation you will lose all of your existing files and applications, you will have to re-install them after windows 98 installation is complete.

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Posted by Eugene of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 28, 2003