Win98SE setup won't complete on a clean hard drive, goes to start menu on 1st reboot.
Posted on 2004-09-06
When installing Win98SE onto a clean HD the installation won't complete. It gets to the area where the installation does the 1st reboot after copying the system files, then on the reboot it does not go back into Setup but instead goes to the startup menu options and gets caught in a loop. It acts just like when the system is powered down instead of being shut down properly. Booting normal or safe mode from the menu has no effect.
I've tried copying everything to the HD and running Setup from there but nothing works. I have the proper boot disk from Bootdisk.com which starts the system fine so it's not that.
I have wiped the drive clean several times and tried everything that I know to do but no luck.
I have to install this drive for a lawyer's secretary on an older PC ASAP. Thanks for the help.