Install Windows off of Recovery CD

When I purchased my computer it did not come with a separate copy of Windows 98. Instead, it came with a recovery CD with the operating system and all of the other apps. on he same disc. I have added a few different pieces of hardware since then. I would like to know if there is a way to install individual applications off of the Recovery CD i.e. Windows,Norton Antivirus etc.I was told that since I have changed the hardware setup that I cannot use it unless I use the original hardware setup. Also, I would like to be able to re-install Windows,if needed, without blowing out all of my data and stuff!

Joe
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GUEENCommented:
Not off a recovery CD - they use a compressed image file to restore your OS to factory defaults (with whatever base applications are included in the image.)
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jojosmAuthor Commented:
So, I guess my only recourse is to purchase a copy of Windows 98 and trash the recovery CD?
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stevenlewisCommented:
You can check your drive for c:\windows\options\cabs
and if it's there you may be able to reinstall with that. go to dos and rename win.com to win.old
then switch to c:\windows\options\cabs and type setup
Make sure the setup file is in the directory first
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jojosmAuthor Commented:
I guess that I didn't pose my question properly to shekerra!Since she answered the question the way that it was put to her,I will award the points. If Steven Lewis can take me through his solution step by step, I will re-submit my problem to him and award him whatever he feels is a fair amount of points for instructions.I can be reached at jojosm@excite.com  
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GUEENCommented:
Joj - this is what I looked at in your initial question:
"I would like to know if there is a way to install individual applications off of the Recovery CD i.e. Windows,Norton Antivirus etc.I was told that since I have changed the hardware setup that I cannot use it unless I use the original hardware setup."
NO - you will not be able to install individual applications from a recovery CD since the individual applications are included within the CD image.


"Also, I would like to be able to re-install Windows,if needed, without blowing out all of my data and stuff!"
Your cab folder should contain 77 cab files and aprox. 21 other files such as setup and scanreg.  So if you only have minimum cabs located in this directory then you will not be able to re-install Windows 98.
--as listed by Steve above - if you have the options | cabs and reboot to a dos prompt then
cd windows\options\cabs
then type   setup
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stevenlewisCommented:
Just as Bev said, if you have all the needed files,boot to dos and follow what Bev said
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