Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Windows 98 and Windows Me

To format a hard drive, you must have a bootable disc or diskette. You can create a bootable diskette in Win98 and WinMe by inserting a blank diskette in the floppy diskette drive and then opening the Control Panel, double-clicking the Add/Remove Programs icon, choosing the Startup Disk tab in the resulting dialog box, and clicking the Create Disk button.
When you finish creating the bootable diskette, you should copy the Format.com file to it. Open My Computer, double-click the icon representing the Windows drive (the hard drive or partition where Windows is installed), and burrow through the Windows and Command folders until you find the file. Right-click the Format.com file and select Copy from the pop-up menu. Return to the My Computer window, right-click the icon representing the diskette drive, and select Paste from the pop-up menu.
Now you’re ready to format the hard drive. Start the process by inserting the bootable diskette in its drive and rebooting your computer. When the computer starts again, you will see a Windows startup menu instead of the expected Windows Desktop. Select the Start Computer with CD-ROM Support option and press ENTER. At the prompt, type format c: (where c is the letter assigned to the infected drive), press ENTER, and verify that you want to format the drive.
When the format is complete, you have the option of labeling (naming) the drive if you want to. Then, if you suspect that an MBR virus corrupted your MBR, you should type c: (where c is the letter assigned to the infected drive) to switch to the newly formatted drive, and then type fdisk /mbr to re-create the MBR on the infected drive.
The next step is to reinstall the OS. Insert the Windows installation CD-ROM in the disc drive and type d:\setup.exe (where d is the drive letter assigned to the optical drive). This will start the Windows setup. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. When it finishes, reinstall your programs and reload your data files (from your most recent backup) to the hard drive.

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