Installing OS (Win98 on cd) into laptop w/o cd-rom.

Hello.....need to install operating system ( windows 98 on cd ) on a  laptop w/o  cd-rom.

A variety of ways would be nice !

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Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Hi ashworth,

I know of two possibilities:

1) If your laptop has a network adapter, you can use one of the network bootdisks you can find at to connect it to a share on another sytem. (share the cd-rom drive) Format the drive of the laptop, create a folder named win9x and copy all files from the win98 cd-roms win9x folder to the laptop. Go to that folder on your laptop and run Setup.exe to start the setup.

2) Get a 2.5" to 3.5" Harddisk adapter like: Slave the laptop drive to another system and format the laptop drive, create a folder named win9x, copy all contents of the win98 cd-roms win9x folder to that folder on the laptop drive. Put the laptop drive back into the laptop, boot from a win98 bootdisk (you can also get that one from and again run setup.exe from the win9x folder on the laptop drive



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if ur hard drive has two partions then u can do this==> use a USB BRIDGE CABLE to connect ur laptop with any other system having a CD drive, then copy the contents of Win98 CD to the second partition of ur hard drive, (e.g if u have two partitions, C: as system drive, and D: as data storage drive, then copy the CD to D: drive) then boot the system with the bootdisk, LucF has already given u the link to donwload it, or u can create it also with a system having either Win98 or WinME, then format the system drive, e.g C: drive, and run the setup.exe programfor Win98 form the second partition, i.e. D: drive, and install the Windows 98 OS.

And if u don;t have the second partiotion then u can create as many partitions without loosing the data using PARTITION MAGIC, which can be downloaded here:

You can buy a used external CD-Rom for about $20 on Ebay.

Does your system have USB port?

If not then the next question is does your system meet the minimum sytem requirements for Win98?
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ashworthAuthor Commented:
SheharyaarSaahil is usb bridge cable a crossover cable or striaght through cable. If a usb cable would work than a serial would too, although slower.  Yes / no ?
Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
A usb bridge cable doesn't care about being crossover or not. It'll always work if your system supports it.

What operating system is on the laptop now?
Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
>If a usb cable would work than a serial would too, although slower.  Yes / no ?
the USB BRIGDE CABLE is a simple USB cable with wihich u can connect two computers for data transferrring, it is 75% more faster than a usual serial cable. with a usb bidge cable u get the software, in which u can access both the systems, and thus can trasfer data from one system to another system, as u do with the among two partitions in My Computer.
just plug the one end with the laptop, the system will recognise a USB hardware, install the installation disk, and let the windows to install the drivers, after that it will isnatll the software for the data transferring precess, let it be, when finished, plug the second end to the second computer, its system will also recognise the usb hardware, let it alos to isntall teh drivers and software, now bith the systems are ready for data trasferiing, insert the Win98 Cd in the computer, and copy all the contents to ur laptop. that's All :)
but here remember one thing, if u r going to get or buy a USB BRIGDE CABLE, then buy that one with which the INSTALLTION disk is a FLOPPY and not a CD, coz ur laptop has not the CD, so u will be unable to install the drivers and software for the usb cable :)
ashworthAuthor Commented:
LucF.......there isn't an OS on it right now.  I have a unopened windows 98 cd right here.
Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Then the usb cable won't work unless is comes with dos drivers (wich I doubt) and you should look at my first comment.
yeah......LucF is right......usb cable can't work in DOS.....u better to lend a CD drive to attach to ur laptop or go with the  rayt333 idea of buying a used or new External USB CD Drive.
Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
>>or go with the  rayt333 idea of buying a used or new External USB CD Drive.
That could be a good idea also, but ashworth, does your laptop support USB-legacy mode? (check the bios for this) If it does, this is a good solution, if it doesn't than this solution won't work.
Thanx LucF for reminding me that BIOS CHECK for USB Legacy mode ;)
I was still thinking of installing the drivers for USB External Cd drive with an OS 8-)
Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
No prob SheharyaarSaahil ;-)

ashworth, please provide some more information on what laptop you're using.
May need to get an external parallel port CD-Rom.
depending on what his system supports.
those are also very cheap.
ashworthAuthor Commented:
I cannot find where my son hid it at the moment, but, I am very happy with everyone's effort and will reward all who contributed accordingly.  Let me know if unhappy.

Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Glad to help ;-)
just browsing the forum and came accross this question.
I have loaded win98 on several laptops without cdroms by first loading win95 from floppies then using direct cable connection to share a CDrom on a desktop, then load up win98 as described.
A CD with win95 on floppies (standard 1.44Meg) is available at

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