How to Install the Windows 98 Operating System

In this article I will teach you to install Windows 98 First or Second Edition on a computer with a formatted or even unformatted hard drive!


1. Windows 98 CD
2. Computer with CD-ROM Access

Configuring your BIOS for the Install:

To find out how to access the BIOS please refer to your motherboard manual or the manufacturer of your computer. (The system BIOS can usually be entered on boot, usually by pressing the F1, F2, F8, F10 or DEL key. Make sure you save the settings before exiting.
If you are unsure or don't want to enter the BIOS then just test the computer by putting the CD-ROM in the drive and rebooting the computer. This is the recommended way to install Windows 98.


  1. Insert the Windows CD and restart your PC.
  2. Once the Windows 98 Setup Menu comes up choose option #2 (Boot from CD-ROM)
  3. Then the Windows 98 Startup Menu will come up. Select Option #1. (Start Windows 98 Setup from CD-ROM)
  4. Now your computer will install some drivers so please wait for a few moments.
  5. Now a blue setup screen will come up. Press Enter.
  6. Setup then wants to do some system tests. Just press Enter.
  7. Scandisk will now run, please wait.
  8. After ScanDisk completes, Windows will copy a few important files for setup.
  9. Now the graphical Windows 98 Setup Screen will come up.
  10. Click Continue and wait for the setup wizard to complete.
  11. Now it will ask you in which directory to install Windows too. The default directory is just fine so click Next.
  12. Setup will now prepare the directory, please wait.
  13. Setup will now check for installed components and disk space, please wait.
  14. Setup will now prompt you to choose the type of installation. Choose Typical if you have a desktop computer or Portable if it is a laptop.
  15. Windows will prompt you to install components, just choose Continue.
  16. If a network card is detected a network information screen will appear. Type in the required information and click Next
  17. Select your country settings, United States should be chosen by default.
  18. Now finally the main part of Setup is here. Setup will start copying files. This could take some time, please be patient.
  19. Once setup is done copying files, Windows will restart automatically.
  20. The Windows 98 Startup Menu will now appear. Select option #1 (Boot from Hard Disk)
  21. The Windows 98 booting screen will appear!
  22. Now Windows will prompt you for user information, enter it and click Continue.
  23. Now the License Agreement. Read it and if you agree click on "I accept the Agreement" and click Next. If you select "I don't accept the Agreement" then setup will end.
  24. Now input your product key or certificate authenticity code. This is 16 digits and is located on the back of your CD case or on the Windows 98 Book. If you have an OEM computer then it could be on the side or back of your computer. Click Next to continue.
  25. Click Finish.
  26. Setup will now finalize the hardware and install settings.
  27. Setup will now install plug and play devices.
  28. Your computer will restart automatically.
  29. The Windows 98 Startup Menu will appear. Select option #1 (Boot from Hard Disk)
  30. Windows will start booting for the second time.
  31. Setup will continue installing hardware.
  32. Now setup will prompt you to enter in your time, date, and time zone. Once selected click on Apply and then OK.
  33. Windows will continue to setup Windows items.
  34. The computer will restart automatically once again.
  35. The Windows 98 Startup Menu will appear. Select option #1 (Boot from Hard Disk)
  36. Windows will boot for the third time.
  37. Windows will update system settings.
  38. Now finally you have reached the Windows Desktop!
  39. You also may need to install your hardware drivers. If everything is working properly then you shouldn’t worry about them.

Enjoy your new freshly installed Windows 98 computer and good luck!