Old Laptop How To Install Windows 98se

by on August 10, 2006

Q: I have an IBM Thinkpad 760XD with a new, empty hard drive, and everything else works well. Computer was purchased without a hard drive. I need to install WIN98SE, but I can only use either CD-ROM or floppy drive, not both, since they install to the same bay. Therefore, I can’t do the normal A: boot floppy and install from CD. BIOS will not support CD-ROM for a boot option, but it does have PCMCIA in the boot priority options. I have a 5GB PCMCIA memory card. Is there a way to copy my WIN98SE CD to the PCMCIA card and boot from it to install WIN98SE to my hard drive? If not, what are my other options here; keeping in mind I am a newbie. Thanks for your knowledge and time.

A: Your best bet is to find a Windows 98se boot disk that does not have the recovery data and put it on your PCMCIA memory card after making the memory card bootable. I did some quick searching and found an archive of Boot Disk Project which has exactly what you need. You are looking for the Windows 98se OEM Start-up Disk with CD-ROM Support, which will allow you to boot up from the PCMCIA card with CD-ROM support so you can install Windows 98se from the CD-ROM. Just a reminder that Microsoft does not support Windows 98 anymore so that means no security updates so be careful.

Edit: It seems if you click on the link that goes directly to the file you need you get an error page because the person does not like direct linking. You will need to go to Boot Disk Project first then click on the link or search.

2 Responses to “Old Laptop How To Install Windows 98se”

    I am the original poster of this question. I have another question for you now, as I am a newbie… how do I make my PCMCIA card “bootable?” Thanks for your help again.


    In your case what you will want to do, unless you have another laptop around, is you would want to create the boot disk. Once you have the boot disk created then you will want to boot up your laptop with the boot disk. Once you are at the dos prompt you will want to type FORMAT [DRIVE LETTER]: /S. You would replace [DRIVE LETTER] with the letter associated with the PCMCIA memory card. Now there is a slight chance, however, that upon boot your system might not recongnize the PCMCIA memory card so you might have to find someone else with a laptop to help you out with this.