How to reinstall the OS?

Question

I tried to reinstall the operating system. Unfortunately when I got to the last step of the fdisk utility, I restarted the computer instead of installing the partions. I now have a computer that shows a missing operating system on startup. It will not recognize any boot disks or the cdrom drive. I cannot get it to a DOS prompt to redo the fdisk process. I think that I know just enough to be dangerous. The computer is not worth much, but my young kids liked it for simple games. Thanks for any help.

Jerry

Answer

This question was answered on June 3, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Restart your computer using the Emergency Startup Disk

Use the SYS command to transfer system files to the hard disk For example, if the Emergency Startup Disk is in drive A, type sys c:

Remove the Emergency Startup Disk from the floppy disk drive and then restart your computer Setup should continue

If you do not have an Emergency Startup Disk and cannot obtain one, start your computer using a Startup disk from your previous operating system (such as MS-DOS) Use the SYS command to transfer the system files to the hard disk, restart the computer, and then run Windows 95 Setup again.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on June 3, 2003