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    98 INstallation

    I am currently in process of formatting my hd 8gb and putting win98 on it, but want advice i have 2 options.

    1. Make 2 partitions, 1st partition with win98 cab files on, and operating system on, second with all my software on. Not sure how big to make the first partition as not sure how much space operating system and cab files are, and need to leave at least 300 meg for swap files etc so that it runs ok. Good things about this is if there was a problem with windows i cud just reinstall windows by formatting first partition, and i wud not have to reinstall all my software (would this work)

    2. Make 1 big partition and put everything on that.

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    Re: 98 INstallation

    Most software installed will make changes to the registry, which is on the C: drive, so would no longer be recognised after reinstalling windows. Saying that, I have always wondered whether restoring a saved backup <img src=/S/disk.gif border=0 alt=disk width=15 height=15> of the registry would do the trick. Any comments, anyone?

    Seperate partitions for O/S and other software can still be a good idea, particularly from a performance point of view. Some software, such as aol or A/V may be better off on the same partition asWin9x; as may be the case for MS Office.

    I would definitely recommend a seperate partition for personal files. You can make this the default location when saving files by right-clicking My Documents: select Properties and make the chosen partition the target.This keeps you personal files seperate and much safer, but still backup regularly (nag, nag <img src=/S/scold.gif border=0 alt=scold width=50 height=15>). I have found it useful to change the location for the OE folders through Options>Maintenenance>Store Folder and redirect it to a folder on a separate partition from the O/S. That way I don't lose anything, short of a complete hard drive failure.

    It can also improve performance to create a seperate partition for your Swap File, as a guide, at least as big as the amount of RAM. With 256Mb RAM, I have allocated a 500Mb partition. To change the location of the swap file, Control Panel>System>Performance>Virtual Memory and select your own location. Specify the amount of RAM you have as the minimum space allocated.

    Hope this is helpful and nothing too intimidating <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15>. If you are unsure, I would advise against playing with the Swap File. <img src=/S/meltdown.gif border=0 alt=meltdown width=15 height=15>
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    Re: 98 INstallation

    If you copy the win9x CAB files to one of the partitions (not C: ) and run setup from there, it will go a lot faster.
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    Re: 98 INstallation

    You can copy the CAB files to the C: partition.. I do it all the time at work.

    On a formatted HD (or partition), create the C:WindowsOptionsCabs folder. Copy the CABS, to this folder, and run setup.exe.

    When the program asks to install to C:Windows.000, remove the '.000', and away you go.

    I rarely need to take the CD with me when a user asks for help installing software or hardware.
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    Re: 98 INstallation

    If you don't want to modifu thigns from here to Kingdom come, I would suggest two partitions, C: being about 2/3GB and the other the rest of the hard drive. That way, you can install program files to their default location (which is C: unless you use TweakUI to change it).

    On the D: drive, create a "My Documents" folder and after setting up Windows 98, right click on "My Documents" and tell it where the location should be.

    For a single drive system, leave your swap file where it is (on C<img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> but you may want to set the max and minimum sizes to the same value to prevent it from overtaking your boot partition. If you put it elsewhere on the HDD, the drive's head has to move to access it (read or write) which will result in a performance hit.

    I use an old 2.1GB hard drive for swap and temp files, to keep C: clean and increase speed. And what else would I do with a little drive like that?
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    Re: 98 INstallation

    I remember when I ran my entire system from a little drive like that <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>.

    I see you also experienced the colon>bracket turning into a smilie phenomenon!
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    Re: 98 INstallation

    Yeah, mee too - I still know someone running Win95 on a 1GB hard drive. They don't save many things, but their computer runs!

    Stinkin' smilies got me again!
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