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New computer with no O/S on it. How to install?

ascoredhat asked
Last Modified: 2013-12-29
I know this one is probably pretty basic, but it's been a while since I did it, so I forgot how to go about it.

I'm picking up a new computer today and didn't want to have to pay them the extra $$ to install windows on it, figuring I would just do it myself.

I have the Windows 98SE Upgrade CD.  I also have Windows 95 floppy disks (non-upgrade) from a million years ago.  But it's been a while, so I don't remember how exactly to get all this onto the virgin hard drive.  Does it recognize a CD at this point, or is there some kind of floppy I need to put in first that gets it ready for the Windows CD?  And since the Win98 is an "upgrade", will it expect me to install the Win95 first before it lets me "upgrade"?  

I know I've done it before on the current computer I have, but I must have deleted the instructions for this procedure off the hard drive of my brain.

Thanks for the help.

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Luc FrankenEMEA Server Engineer

Hi ascoredhat,

> I'm picking up a new computer today
What are the specifications of that computer, you might get a lot of troubles when installing win98 on a system with more than 512MB of internal memmory. If this is the case, please consider getting yourself win2k or winXP.


Pete LongTechnical Architect
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>>will it expect me to install the Win95 first before it lets me "upgrade"?  

No, though you can if youve got bags of time :0) when you enter the unlock code it will know its an upgrade and ask you to insert the 9x CD as proof your not pulling a fast one :0)


Thank you very much! (oh, and in answer to one of the replies, I'll have 256 meg ram.)
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