Win 98 setup - Master Boot Record Virus message
Posted on 1999-07-10
I have been trying to install Win 98 2nd edition on a system that previous had Win 98 on it. At first I deltree'd the windows directory and the program files directory before I tried installing the new version. (This usually works.)
This time the Win 98 installation gave me a message during setup that it was detecting another operating system and asked if I wanted to continue. I told the setup to continue and then it came back with a "Master Boot record virus continue y/n?" message.
I cancelled the setup and got out my McAfee Emergency Disk and checked for viruses, it came back clean. I then ran my Norton AV Boot Disks and again the drive came back clean. I did do the virus scans from a cold boot and I have the latest DAT files for both programs.
I tried running the setup again and got the same messages.
I then formatted the C: drive, hoping that at least it would get rid of the message that there was another OS on the drive.
I ran setup again and still got the above messages. I decided to check the Win98 boot disk and CD for viruses. They were both clean.
SCANDISK reveals no problems with the drive.
I has been recommended that I try a FDISK /MBR on the drive, however I don't know what this does. Any insight?
I have thought about repartitioning the drive however, I have information on extended partitions that I don't want to lose, so repartitioning the drive is not an option yet.
Has anyone else run into this problem? And if so how did you solve it.
If it is not to much to ask, please post your responses as comments. If your answer fixes my problem I will ask you to repost as an answer and will give you the points.
Thank you very much.