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reformatting win95b

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I have reformatted my hard drive and I am trying to load my cd-rom drivers from a dos prompt.I have copied the file mscdex.exe from the boot floppy(win95) but when I go to install my cd-rom software I get a message that states "could not find file mscdex.exe in your dos subdirectory."The file does copy but evidently not to a dos subdirectory and I dont know the commands to make it do that.In a previous posting someone recommended that I use a win98 boot disk but the bootdisk I downloaded from I couldn't open from the a prompt using the commands setup or install? Can anyone help? Thanks......
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Try going here on any functioning Windows PC. It doesn't matter what version of Windows it's running. Download Boot98.exe to the harddrive. Once it's download, insert a floppy diskette and double left click on Boot98.exe to create a W98 boot diskette.

Once it's completed, insert the W98 Boot Diskette in your W95 PC and power it on. It should boot to a boot menu with 3 options. Select the option to "Start with CDRom Support". Somewhere on the screen at the very end, it tells you what drive letter it has temporarily assigned to the CDRom drive. It will look something like this, "Drive X =MSCD001", where "X" is the drive letter that's been temporarily assigned to your CDRom drive for the install. Make a note of what drive letter it displays. If you don't see that phrase on the screen then you didn't get CD Rom support. Assuming you saw that phrase, insert your W95 CD and do this from an a:\> prompt and be sure to replace the letter "X" with the drive you noted earlier.


Let us know what happens.
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I think part of the problem I am having is that I found out I have a stealth boot virus on the computer I am trying to reformat.Since I have already formatted the hard drive when I put in a virus boot disk the virus isn't caught because it cant scan the master boot sector which is where this virus seems to hang out.The floppy drive hangs whenI put in the win98 boot disk(it starts to copy the cd-rom drivers but stops in the middle with a retry fail message) and I get a message "invalid system disk "when there is no disk in drive.My bios is setup to read a,c in that order.I dont have a clue what to try next since I cant seem to catch the virus and I cant load win98 boot disk cd-rom drivers to get the operating system loaded.I am using Macafee virus 6.0.I dont know how to catch the virus without at least getting the operating system loaded first.Any suggestions??Thanks....
Even if you have a virus in the mbr,
booting from the floppy shouldn't
be stopped. Check the start-up
floppy in another machine & see if
it works. It could be your floppy
drive is going bad.
Create a New W98 Boot diskette and this time be sure to "Write Protect" the floppy diskette before you boot to it in the bad PC. Don't reuse any boot diskettes that you've used to boot in the bad PC. If you do have a boot sector virus, the boot diskettes are most likely now infected, too. Don't even put them in good PCs. Just toss them in the trash to be safe.

Then boot to the new "write protected" W98 boot diskette and use the option to "Start Without CDRom Support".

At an A:\> prompt key in the following,


Leave the default set to "Y" for large disk support and press enter.

Now use the option to "Delete Partitions". Delete any and all you see listed. Now take the option to "Create a Partition" and create a "Primary DOS" partition. Take all of the defaults during the Primary DOS partition creation.

Then after the PC has restarted, run your Format C: again.

Then restart the PC again and but this time take the option to "Start with CDRom Support" and see if it starts now. I suspect your CDRom drive isn't going to get support with the W98 Boot diskette but try it first and see. I think your going to need to load the drivers manually or use something like <a href=> CDGod <a/>. I'd suggest trying CDGod. Download the CDGod55.exe to the Desktop of a functioning Windows PC. Insert a blank floppy diskette and then run the .exe to build the CDGod Boot Diskette. You can just run it from a DOS prompt right within Windows.

c:\windows\desktop\cdgod55.exe a:

Then boot to the CDGod Boot Diskette on the bad PC. You'll be presented with 50 or more CdRom drive options. If you know the make and model of the drive, select that option and see if you get support. If not, keep trying different ones til you get support. I've never seen a PC that can't get support from at least one of the drivers that CDGod has available.

Once you get support, make note of the drive letter it assigned to the drive and then just run setup from your W95 CD.
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