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Windows 98 Startup Disk

The Windows 98 Bootdisk is designed around MS-DOS. In the past it has been used to kick off installations of Operating Systems or to assist in booting various tools.

Screenshot-QEMU-18.jpgThe Windows 98 Bootdisk is designed around MS-DOS.  It is used to boot a lot of tools that may or may not still be active.  The UConn Datawipe is still using portions of the Windows 98 Bootdisk. It has been included on the Multiboot for any machines that we may or may not still come across.  As a rule we do not support anything below Windows XP, but since this tool is still a part of some of our other tools, the decision was made to include it.  

Additional Information

The Following can be found about the Windows 98 Startup disk in the bulletin that has been posted below.  The address for that site is http://www.xxcopy.com/xxcopy29.htm

 

 

 

 

 

Bulletin from XXCopy

From:    Kan Yabumoto           tech@xxcopy.com
To:      XXCOPY user
Subject: The Windows 98 Startup Disk
Date:    2001-02-08
===============================================================================

This article discusses the use of the Windows 98 startup floppy disk
and an alternative boot disk to handle troubles in booting up the
Windows 98 system.  Most of the discussion here apply equally to
the Windows 95 and Windows ME operating systems (OS) but there are
minor differences from one OS to another.

The Windows Startup Disk:

    If you do not have the Startup Disk for your Windows 98 (or you
    have misplaced it since you made it when you installed Windows 9x
    on your system), this is the time to make one.

    It is conveniently done from Control Panel.

      Control_Panel > Add/Remove Programs >Startup Disk

    A surprising number of users don't have the startup disk handy and
    even those who have it have never used it, or do not know what it
    is for and how useful it is.  If you have done it recently, you may
    remember that the Windows 9x installation steps always provide the
    option of creating such a diskette --- but never explains how to
    use it.


What's on the Startup Disk?

    The diskette is also called Emergency Boot Disk (EBD) is a replica
    of the contents of the directory at C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\EBD.
    (If you are not a techwiz, just skip the file list)

    IO.SYS           ; System boot file.
    MSDOS.SYS        ; Boot option information (paths, multiboot, and so on).
    DRVSPACE.BIN     ; Microsoft DriveSpace compression driver.
    CONFIG.SYS       ; Loads the device drivers.
    HIMEM.SYS        ; Extended (XMS) Memory Manager.
    COMMAND.COM      ; Command interpreter.
    AUTOEXEC.BAT     ; A batch file which runs when you boot it.
    ASPI2DOS.SYS     ; Real-mode Adaptec CD-ROM driver.
    ASPI4DOS.SYS     ; Real-mode Adaptec CD-ROM driver.
    ASPI8DOS.SYS     ; Real-mode Adaptec CD-ROM driver.
    ASPI8U2DOS.SYS   ; Real-mode Adaptec CD-ROM driver.
    ASPICD.SYS       ; Real-mode Adaptec CD-ROM driver.
    BTCDROM.SYS      ; Mylex/BusLogic CD-ROM driver.
    BTDOSM.SYS       ; Mylex/BusLogic CD-ROM driver.
    FLASHPT.SYS      ; Mylex/BusLogic CD-ROM driver.
    OAKCDROM.SYS     ; Generic device driver for ATAPI CD-ROM drives.
    SETRAMD.BAT      ; Searches for first available drive to be a Ramdrive.
    RAMDRIVE.SYS     ; Creates a Ramdrive during startup.
    FINDRAMD.EXE     ; Utility to find the RAM drive during startup.
    EXTRACT.EXE      ; File to expand the Ebd.cab file.
    FDISK.EXE        ; Disk partition tool.
    SYS.COM          ; System transfer tool.
    EBD.SYS          ; Disket identifier file (Windows 98 startup disk)
    MODE.COM         ; Lets you change console parameters
    README.TXT       ; Document file
    EDB.CAB          ; Cabinet (compressed) file containing the following
      ATTRIB.EXE     ; Add or remove file attributes.
      CHKDSK.EXE     ; Simpler and smaller disk status tool.
      DEBUG.EXE      ; Debug utility.
      EDIT.COM       ; Real-mode emergency text editor.
      EXT.EXE        ; File extract utility.
      FORMAT.COM     ; Disk format tool.
      HELP.BAT       ; Launches the readme.txt for the startup disk.
      HELP.TXT       ; Help text file.
      MSCDEX.EXE     ; Microsoft CD-ROM file extension for MS-DOS.
      RESTART.COM    ; Restart your computer.
      SCANDISK.EXE   ; Disk status tool.
      SCANDISK.INI   ; Disk status tool configuration file.
      SYS.COM        ; system transfer tool.
      UNINSTAL.EXE   ; Removes Win 98 and restores the previous state.


    The floppy disk is essentially a bare bones DOS 7.x system disk
    with various disk initialization tools, such as

      FDISK.EXE       FORMAT.COM      SYS.COM

    These tools allow you to initialize the hard disk prior to the
    Win 98 installation.  But, in order to read the Win 98 Installation
    CD-ROM for the setup procedure, you need the capability of
    accessing the CD-ROM which often needs SCSI device drivers.

      ASPI2DOS.SYS    ASPI4DOS.SYS    ASPI8DOS.SYS
      ASPI8U2DOS.SYS  ASPICD.SYS      BTCDROM.SYS
      BTDOSM.SYS      FLASHPT.SYS     OAKCDROM.SYS

    Surprisingly, there is no software in Startup Disk which allows
    you to start Windows 98.  The tools are good mostly to re-install
    the Windows 98 operating system from the CD-ROM.  Although the
    Win 98 re-installation procedure would not normally delete user
    files on the hard disk, it is a very time-consuming process.

    It should be pointed out that on many occasions, there are steps
    you can take that are much quicker to make the system disk capable
    of rebooting into Win 98 system without a complete re-installation
    of the OS.  But, the Startup Disk will not allow you to do so.


The Master Boot Record (MBR):

    Every now and then, a Windows 9x system becomes unbootable for
    various reasons.  The most common cause is probably the contents
    of the master boot record (MBR) of the boot drive (the first
    disk drive that is enabled) are not configured properly.  FDISK
    is the official tool to manipulate the contents of the MBR in
    Microsoft's OSes.

    The most well known "undocumented" feature (even Microsoft's page
    documents it) is to refresh the MBR by the following command.

        FDISK  /MBR

    This command runs very quickly without fanfare: it does not
    even tell you whether or not the operation was successful.

    Also, it is a good idea to run FDISK (without arguments)
    and examine the first disk to make sure the first partition
    is a Primary DOS Partition and it is set as Active Partition.
    It is unfortuante that FDISK allows you to make only the
    Primary DOS parition of the first disk drive an Active partition.
    So, even if your BIOS configuration menu has a feature to allow
    you to set the disk volume other than C: as the boot volume,
    it does not do you any good as long as you use FDISK because
    it refuses to make any other partition active.


An Alternative Boot Disk:

    From time to time, for various reasons, the Windows 98 system disk
    gets slightly corrupted and becomes not bootable.  It take only one
    crucial file to make the system fail to boot successfully into
    the Windows 98 environment.  Anyway, it is very useful to have
    a bootable system diskette which allows you to not only boot into
    a DOS environment, but also reach all the way to the Windows 98
    environment even on a volume which cannot otherwise boot itself
    to the Win98 world.  Such a capability is sorely missing from the
    standard Win98 Startup Disk (a.k.a. EBD).

    Note: This technique works with Win98, but NOT on Win ME.


How to make the Alternative Boot Disk:

    Perform the following sequence to prepare the boot diskette
    from a command prompt (in DOS or in a DOS Box).

      FORMAT   A:  /U /S
      XXCOPY16 C:\MSDOS.SYS     A:\  /H/R/Y
      XXCOPY16 C:\CONFIG.SYS    A:\  /H
      ECHO     C:\AUTOEXEC.BAT >A:\AUTOEXEC.BAT

    Here, in this example, XXCOPY16 is used because it can be run
    either in the 16-bit or in the 32- bit environment.  But, you
    may use XXCOPY (the 32-bit version) in a DOX Box of Win9x.
    If XXCOPY/XXCOPY16 is not available, you need to perform extra
    steps (ATTRIB to manipulate the attribute bits first, and copy
    the file accordingly).  The forth line here is a quick way to
    make a one-line text file on A:.  Of course, you may add other
    utilities to the diskette such as FDISK.EXE, FORMAT.COM, SYS.COM
    for your convenience.

    If you are not familiar with XXCOPY16, it is available in the
    XXCOPY Freeware package.


Using the Alternative Boot Disk:

    This diskette allows you to boot into Win9x where the system
    disk at C: is not capable of booting itself.  This is usually
    a result of the partition that is assigned to C: is not an
    "Active" DOS Primary partition.


Additional note:

    This technique can be extended to a customized "multi-boot"
    scheme based on floppy disks.  For instance, I have a Japanese
    version of Win98SE which is installed on Drive E:.  That is,
    when the particular version was installed, it was deliberately
    installed to E: so that E:\WINDOWS is the official windows
    system directory for that environment.  According to Microsoft's
    official "rule", only one kind of Win9x OS can exist on a system,
    (the dual-boot is possible with WinNT/2000/XP but not with another
    Win9x or ME), when I need to boot into the Japanese version of
    Win98, I use a specially made diskette which has its own unique
    MSDOS.SYS file which declares that the E: drive is the boot drive.

    Of course, you may acquire a specialized boot control software
    such as the System Commander that allows even more flexible
    booting option among many OSes.  But, the alternative boot disk
    allows you to test the system and see which of the key files
    are causing a boot sequence problem.