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    Dell W98 version

    I managed to lose the Windows 98SE CD which came with my computer, but, I have three other licenses from 3 other machines. I called Dell and was told that my Intel chip had a switch which prevented me from running a different copy of Windows SE from that which was loaded originally.

    Is this true? If so, how do I by-pass the switch?

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    Re: Dell W98 version

    I would suspect that what they mean is that Dell, along with other OEM's, have a tendency to 'doctor' the original installation files to make them compatible with their hardware.
    In other words, you should find that software supplied with a similar pc should install OK, but bog-standard MS-issue software might not.

    I am sure someone more knowledgeable than I will provide the full low-down - it may simply be a matter of specific drivers supplied with the OEM discs being required.

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    Re: Dell W98 version

    As I understand, you have Dell computer.
    You CAN install Windows 98 from any OEM installation CD (as long as it is legal - means no one else uses the same license at the same time), and install Dell-specific drivers (for chipset, video, audio, modem, NIC, etc) from <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.dell.com/us/en/DHS-BSD_reg.asp?segId=5BD>Dell Support Website</A> . Simply enter your Dell's computer serial number (on the back of the chassis) and download appropriate files. The only thing - to connect to the Internet, you must install modem drivers first...

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    Re: Dell W98 version

    Thank you. Now, I just have to screw up the courage to risk screwing up the computer (my guess is 2 weeks, when I finish a certain project I'm on).

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    Re: Dell W98 version

    Just as a BTW, the Dells we have bought with pre-installed OS's had all the installation files on the hard disk.
    We also get Dell CD's specifically for the PC - normally holding things like drivers for modems typically bundled with the current package they are psuhing.

    I'm just guessing from what you originally said that you are planning a re-install. If this is the case and you intend to start with a clean slate, consider having a partition onto which you can load any Dell specific files that will survive the installation and remain readily accesible..

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    Re: Dell W98 version

    The company I work for uses Dell computers exclusively. These machines have the installation files on them as Leif has replied. One other thing to look for is in the Root Directory .... see if there is a file named zztop.bat. This batch file, if executed will completely restore the computer back to the day it was purchased.

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    Ricky Hicks
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