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Dc Nilbog
12-11-2007, 12:07 PM
Hi, I am a new member of these forums. After searching websites after another on how to reinstalling Windows ME (I need to refresh my system), I still come up short. So, as a result, I come to these forums, which supposed to be the livewire of PC problem solving.

I do not currently have a startup floppy disk, and as a result I downloaded a replacement from a website (not sure on the reliability or accuracy of the file).

I have the original Windows ME disk that came with the PC when I bought it.

If someone could please, please solve my problem, preferably told in a step by step procedure so I can finally have my computer fast and runnying and solving my frustration problems before I :badpc: .

Thanks alot for any attempt to help +:2cents:

Dc Nilbog

drcspy
12-11-2007, 12:15 PM
use a win98 boot disk rather than a winme one it's got more functionality......

start using the floppy and choose 'start with cdrom support'.....
then at the a: prompt type in

format c:

then tap enter

WARNING; this will WIPE the drive.......so you'll be VERY smart BEFOREHAND to have copies of your drivers etc for the video card/soundcard/modem etc.......because the windows install may NOT include these, (it often doesn't) having done the format

type in E:

then tap enter .......this *should* take you 'into' the cd.........if not try D:

either way then you should then be able to access the setup files on the cd....

then type in

dir

then tap enter

that'll show you a list of the files/folders.......

type in

cd win9x

then tap enter

then type in

setup

then tap enter.........


you better have your windows ME liscense key ready also..........good luck

Speedy Gonzales
12-11-2007, 12:16 PM
Isnt the ME CD bootable??

Did you go into the BIOS and change the bootdisk to the CD??

Then put the CD in, reboot, to see if it boots?

If it does, you dont need a floppy to boot from.

Or if the cd came with it, wouldnt it be a restore cd / dvd?

beeswax34
12-11-2007, 12:25 PM
Welcome to PressF1 btw :)

Dc Nilbog
12-11-2007, 01:09 PM
Cool, Thanks for the fast replies and expertise. How do I boot from CD?

Speedy Gonzales
12-11-2007, 01:10 PM
Cool, Thanks for the fast replies and expertise. How do I boot from CD?

I told you in my post. Thats if its bootable.

Dc Nilbog
12-11-2007, 01:13 PM
With Windows ME I need to press a button to access that menu, I've accessed it before but have forgotten the button to press.

Speedy Gonzales
12-11-2007, 01:19 PM
On all computers, you have to press a key.

It could be F2, F10, F11, or on most its the Delete key. To get into the BIOS

Thats after you reboot you press one of these keys.

Dc Nilbog
12-11-2007, 01:24 PM
Thank you Speedy Gonzales, I am at the BIOS screen now, what do? I do under 'Boot'?

Speedy Gonzales
12-11-2007, 01:30 PM
You change it to the cd whatever it says there, then put the cd in then save the settings in the BIOS.

Then reboot. Then hopefully the cd boots. So u can reinstall Windows.

BUT, this may also depend on WHAT kind of cd it is.

If it came with the computer, it MAY NOT be the retail version of ME.

Does it say OEM on this cd, or anything like Recovery CD on it?

Did the hdd have a partition on it, to restore the system??

If it does / did, then it SHOULD tell u what F key to press, when you reboot (it might say press F10 or F12), or something to restore the system.

If it does, thats what u do. Not use the cd, and boot from it.

Dc Nilbog
12-11-2007, 01:40 PM
Okay, I booted from the CD, now I have problem typing the command.


start using the floppy and choose 'start with cdrom support'.....
then at the a: prompt type in

format c:

then tap enter


A:\>format c:
Bad command or file name

A:\>formatc:
Bad command or file name

Thanks for the help by the way

wainuitech
12-11-2007, 01:45 PM
If it boots from the CD like speedy said it might, you dont need the command - it should load and then you answer some questions, like format the drive, agree to licence code etc.

The command you provided is only if you boot from a Floppy to format the drive, which by the way is format C: (note space between t C: ) not formatc:

Dc Nilbog
12-11-2007, 01:54 PM
I chose (2. Start computer with CD Rom support)

It processes something and analyzes the system, and then it has the command


A:\>

There are no options you can choose at the moment except for you to type in a command.

Speedy Gonzales
12-11-2007, 02:03 PM
type d: (Or whatever letter the cd is)

Might be d

Type dir

See if it brings up, whats on the cd.

If it does bring something up, see if theres a setup.exe file or similar on it.

If there is, type setup in. See if it takes you to the install screen.

wainuitech
12-11-2007, 02:05 PM
Ok the CD appears not bootable. Go back to post number 2 and follow those instructions. [edited] although speedys answer is correct, change to the CD drive and it should install with setup.exe

If Not then -----


Boot from floppy, select with CD support
When you get the A:\ Prompt type in format C: /s (S not always required but wont hurt either)
Agree to every thing and IT WILL WIPE THE DRIVE CLEAN
Reboot again from floppy, when back at A:\> change to the cd drive, look and it normally says either D or E you will something like this A:\>D:
Type in setup or setup.exe it should start the install process, follow on screen instructions


NOTE: Win ME has the Setup.exe file in the main directory, no need to dive into the sub directorys.

Dc Nilbog
12-11-2007, 03:03 PM
Awesome! Big pat on the back to you guys that helped me. I've formatted Drive C and now installing Windows.

Thanks

p.s, the what a crazy rain outside!

wainuitech
12-11-2007, 04:04 PM
Awesome! Big pat on the back to you guys that helped me. I've formatted Drive C and now installing Windows.

Thanks

p.s, the what a crazy rain outside!

Rain ? What Rain ? Nice sunny day in Wellington might even have a BBQ tonight ;)

PENTIUM
12-11-2007, 04:49 PM
Speedy was correct.
If 'frustrated' had taken the floppy disk out from the floppy disk drive ME should have booted up from the ME C D.
However all is well that ends well.

stu161204
12-11-2007, 05:16 PM
p.s, the what a crazy rain outside!

As wainuitech said what rain? Itís also a nice sunny day up here in Auckland.