Need Help reinstalling Windows 98 after reformat

jphillips1868

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I have a old computer that I want to try to clean up a bit and give to my mom so that she can play around on it. Send emails, word processing, and perhaps some webserfing.

It is an emachine emonster 550. P3 550mhz. The full system specs are below.

I made a windows boot floppy and then reformatted. The boot floppy seems to work fine. Once I get to the A: prompt. I switch to D: and then try to run setup from the computers restore CD. It gives me the error message you cannot run this program while in MS-DOS mode.

Booting directly from the CD without the floppy doesn't work either.

Any suggestions?

CPU: Intel® Pentium® III 550MHz (w/512KB L2 Cache) Slot 1 CPU
Operating System: Genuine Microsoft® Windows® 98 Second Edition
Memory: 64MB SyncDRAM (up to 256MB)
Hard Drive: 15GB HDD (Ultra DMA EIDE)
Optical Drive: 8x Max. DVD-ROM Drive with Software Decoder
Video: NVIDIA® RIVA TNT2 Vanta 2x AGP with 8MB SDRAM
Audio: Crystal CS4280 3D PCI Audio
Network: Internet Ready
Modem: 56K ITU V.90 PCI Fax/Modem
Peripherals: PS/2 Internet Keyboard/Mouse, Stereo Speakers
Ports/Other: 2 USB Ports (1 is on Front), 1 Serial / 1 Parallel, Audio In & Out / Game Port on Front
Expansion Slots: 3 Expansion Slots

I have added a bit of ram, network card, and a 32mb video card.
 

joefriday

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Just out of curiosity, what are you typing when you attempt to start up the CD drive when using the boot floppy? is it something like [CD Drive Letter]:\setup.exe?
 

vanka

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Is the disc you're trying to install from a regular OS disc or is it a manufacturer's Restore disc. If it's the latter then it's probably meant to be started from within Windows itself; hence the error message.
 

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