HELP I HAVE NO WIN98 SE CD!!!!!!!!

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HOW DO YOU APPLY A WINDOW SETUP PROGRAM OR ANY PROGRAMY THAT REQUIERS YOUR WIN98 SECOND EDTION CD IF YOU NO LONGER HAVE ONE!!!!!!!!!
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You might have the Windows CAB files on your hard drive.  I would check for the files in:

C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS

If this folder has the .cab files in it then you can just select it as the location of the Windows files when you are prompted.

If this folder is missing or empty then you can search for the cab files and hope they are on your computer somewhere else.
If they aren't found on your hard drive then you should lodge a complaint with the OEM that built/sold you your computer.
If you are installing a program that requires a win 98 cd, try having it check in:
c:\windows\system  or c:\windows\system32  
These usually contain the majority of the files needed for installing a program, it may just be a matter of determining which folder.
This can be done by using the find files, looking in the c:\ for the appropriate files
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In other words, you must have access to the .cab files that are on the Windows cd.  It needs to extract certain files depending on what you are installing or removing.  

If you bought the computer with Windows already installed, then as was previously mentioned, the files may be on your hard drive.  You just need to know where they are.

If however you did the install and did not copy the files to the hard drive yourself, then you are going to need the cd.

What I do is make a folder on one of the drives that I copy everything thing from the Windows cd into.  You can copy just the .cab files, but I just copy it all, just in case there is somehting else down the road I might want.  That way I don't have to go shuffling around trying to find my Windows disk everytime it wants something from it.  Then whenever Windows asks for the cd, I just point it to the folder that I have copied the files to and it moves along it's merry way.

If my cd was damaged, I would see if I could borrow one from a friend and copy it to my hard drive in a special folder.  

You will not be able to do a full install from those files without the serial number though, so keep that in mind.

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TIP: You only have to copy the setup dir to your harddisk (it is called the WIN98 dir of WIN9x etc). WHEN YOU INSTALL PROGRAMS, NETWORK-STUFF ETC. THE DATA IS ON YOUR COMPUTER. AND YOU DONT HAVE TO INSERT IT AGAIN!

TIP: Make a textfile containing the password.

IF your original cd is wrecked burn the setup dir to a cd together with the textfile and you have yourself a backup of windows.
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