Windows 98 Boot CD download this ISO!

I made an ISO of my Windows 98 Boot CD. I needed it yesterday, and I couldn’t find it online anywhere.

Download the Windows 98 Boot CD!
Note: This will not install Windows 98, only boot to a DOS prompt.

Update: This is NOT the installation CD! This download will not allow you to install Windows 98. This is a CD copy of the Windows 98 boot floppy, which will allow you to issue DOS commands to help you format/partition drives in preparation of an install. If you don’t know DOS commands and if you don’t have the Windows 98 installation files, this will not help you install Windows 98.

To burn the file to CD:

I used Alex Feinman’s ISO Recorder to create the image. You could probably use any tool to burn it, but Alex’s is pretty awesome. It adds right click burn to image power in Windows XP!

110 thoughts on “Windows 98 Boot CD download this ISO!

  1. Anthony Curreri Post author

    That’s perfect. This is just a boot disk, on a CD. The idea is that you get a dos prompt so you can run the utilities like fdisk to prepare your hard drive for Windows 98 Install. This CD image does not contain the Windows 98 system (is that what you were expecting?)

  2. Kyle

    So basically this download sounds like when you are buying the tires for a car you don’t yet have but you know you have the money for it (the car).

    Am I the only one confused at the logic or lack of on this download here?

  3. Kyle

    I am not trying to be mean or anything but am trying to understand the purpose of this download from reading Anthony’s comment about his dos command prompt problem and it caused me to realize that analogy.

  4. Anthony Curreri Post author

    This is the recovery floppy that came with Windows 98. It boots to a command prompt and lets you run 12 year old recovery tools. This is useful to some. If you don’t know what this is, it’s probably not useful to you.

  5. The Ressen

    I was looking for it, I’m needing it right now. Thans thanks for the work!!! I’ll test it and solve my PC problem.

  6. why are people

    SO DUMB
    obviously if you had no idea why this is here.. then for the jebus sakes just keep your mouth shut or ask a question rather then hating on something you have no idea about

  7. John McFadden

    Well Done and thanks. Just found this page after making my own EBD. Currently writing a plain and simple document to explain to to people WHAT an EBD is! and how to use it safely. :D

  8. Mobeen

    Thanks for this!

    @Kyle, if you don’t know why it’s useful you probably don’t need it. I found it useful …

  9. Thank You

    Still useful to boot in PCs which have CD copying problems. I open and add Windows 2000 or XP files to the .iso, burn the CD, boot it, copy the files to hard disk (after usual partition and format), and run winnt.ext to install.
    (Leave lots of time for the install, but it works.)

  10. Gareth

    OMG!!!! Thank you so much. You saved my life with this upload dude. downloaded in 20 seconds and my pc is 100% now!

  11. Anonymous

    many probably assumed this would allow them to boot the Windows 98 disc. While it does allow you to use fdisk. It maps your CD rom drive to A and your floppy to B, even once partitioned with fdisk, no attempt to read the C drive ever worked as it was considered invalid and there was no way to read the windows 98 CD rom due tot he fact everything ran from the Cd rom drive. There was a reason we needed the Floppy And the disc back then, and now if you have one Cd rom drive this will not work. You still need a boot floppy to use the CD. Otherwise thanks for this, as it does allow you to do some things with no floppy that wasn’t easy any other way!

  12. Anthony Curreri Post author

    It’s been a while since I’ve used this, but I as I recall A and B are RAM drives… the CD loads the floppy disc image into RAM. You should be able to remove the boot CD after the system is booted, and put in another CD and read that. YMMV though, I guess.

  13. kamal

    hi anthony
    i didnt find it helpful …may be cuz of lack of knowledge but i could not able to find win98se file there …how to find this file ???
    so that i can copy that file to C: and boot the same

    help would be appreciated

  14. Anthony Curreri Post author

    This CD does not have the Windows 98 setup files on it. It’s been so long since I’ve actually installed Windows 98 that I definitely can’t provide instructions on how to do this from memory. I’m going to update the post to make it more clear that this is not the Windows 98 installation CD.

  15. Thanks for the gitf

    Great tool: if you are restoring a Windows 98 operating system into a computer with no floppy disk, you NEED this CD. It lets you boot rhe computer, run a DOS version that sees the CD, and prepare the disk drive before you install the operating system (that is, make the partition and format the disk drive). Then, once the disk is formatted, you will be able to install Windows 98. If you use 98SE (second edition) then the operating system handles USB drives. This lets you use old Windows 95 programs (like games) on that computer. NOTE: Windows 98 stands for Windows 1998. That is, it can be too old for your needs and, in some cases, it could be too advanced for your Windows knowledge

  16. compaq® presario® 1244 cm2000 series

    what do i do if it says os not found when i try to boot w/ out disk but gives dos w/ disk?

  17. Anthony Curreri Post author

    If you had a computer that was working, and now it’s suddenly saying “OS Not Found” you probably have a bad hard drive. A computer repairman might be able to fix it, or restore some of your data… and he might not.

    Since you have the Windows 98 Boot CD anyway, boot from it again. Try to type in: “C:” at the prompt, and press enter. The prompt should change to c:\> on the left. If you get an error message, then you can be pretty sure that the drive is corrupted. You can try the commands: “chkdsk c: /f” and “fdisk c: /mbr” These might fix the problem, might do nothing, or might make the problem worse. Try at your own risk.

  18. Rhodan

    Thank you very much Anthony – i wanted to make a virtual windows 98 with wmware, so i can play my old games, like might and magic, again. And i was facing the problem that i had no diskdrive anymore.

  19. Gmm_

    Fuck!!!
    This is diskette, but i need the install bootable CD. ?????? ????? ??????????? ?????? ????????

  20. Anthony Curreri Post author

    You burn the .iso file you download to a …CD… then you can boot off of the CD. That sounds like a bootable CD to me. What is your trouble?

  21. SAS

    Trying to install win98 in VMWare and can get to boot from the iso as mounted ide drive. Just can’t access the CD that has win 98 on it… Can’t afford to lose the hair that I’m losing with this project.

  22. Arnold Baker

    Making a VMware Win98.

    Boot using this ISO. fdisk the c drive and then shut down. Choose another windows VM and connect this c drive as a second hard drive. then copy the Windows 98 setup CD into a folder on the drive.

    Shut down the other VM and open the Windows 98 VM. boot and enter the folder you copied the setup files to, type setup.

    Works great!

  23. Albert

    I love this CD
    Can’t believe all the stupid unnecessary comments I just read about this.
    I got a question:
    I have a hard drive that had Linux installed on it.
    I removed all the partitions and created one with 16MB so Y can boot from it.
    Restarted and then ran Format C:/q/s/v
    The machine won’t boot from C:
    It shows a GRUB and does nothing else.
    Any suggestions from higher level geeks?

  24. Anthony Curreri Post author

    My mother used to say “there’s no such thing as a stupid question.” So, I try to be nice! haha

    You just need to do an fdisk /mbr This should wipe out the master boot record (erasing GRUB). Then format the drive again to be sure.

  25. collinsk

    i have run out of options.
    i have a Compaq -c9j0988
    16MB RAM
    1GB HDD.
    CD ROM.

    It won’t boot from a CD since it appears to have no Bios.

    I tried to make the 1GB HDD bootable using Flashboot s/w with HDD external attachment, but when i start to install win 98,95 i get an error : you need atleast 16MB, :( yet i have 16MB !!

    I just bought a few floppy disks, i have downloaded you image,
    am gona put all my eggs in your basket :)

    T -H -A -N -K Y-o-U !

  26. Dennis

    I have a Windows 98 bootable floppy, but after booting, drive C is invalid. I want to be able to access drive C to run CHKDSK or other utilities to try to fix the problem booting off of C. I don’t want to reinstall Windows or format C, which I couldn’t do anyway since drive C is invalid.

  27. Butterfly

    As my floppy drive no longer works, using your boot CD was the only way I could
    re-install Windows 98 SE. Many thanks for this resource.

  28. Rahul

    I have downloaded windows 98 SE iso image from torrent for my old computer system. If I burn that image to CD and install will it works.
    I have currently debian minimal intslled on the system.

    Please do reply ASAP.
    Thank you.

  29. curreri Post author

    First of all, Windows 98 is not free software. I’m not sure it’s for sale anymore, so if you don’t already own a copy of it I’m not sure how you would legally obtain one.

    Secondly, the bootable iso which you can download from this page is for prepping a system for install… meaning you will need to format a drive or partition. If you don’t already have an empty drive or partition, you can add a harddrive or you may be able to use a program to shrink your linux parition. I believe Ultimate Boot CD has a utility for this. After you’ve done that, you’ll need to set up grub to dual-boot Linux and Windows. This process is complicated. Google can help.

  30. Anonymous

    thanks a lot dude, i need this boot, with this i can fix my clients computer and @tamzin, dont comment at all, your comment makes us computer guys embarrass by what you are saying!! you are a piece of CRAP!!! it says that this is a “Windows 98 Boot CD” NOT AN INSTALLER!! YOU F@CK!!!, FYI!!! many like us guys who know to “FIX” our computer need this you @SS-h0LE!! IF YOU WANT A INSTALLER THEN FIND A “INSTALLER!!! YOU F@CK!!” and do us a favor shut your F@king mouth and read once in awhile, jezz!!! you make me sick @tamzin.

  31. Scott

    Much thanks, I have a client box with win 8 on it and he was threateing to toss it out a 5th story Window and buy a MAC, this will help me format out his drive and get the Win 7 installed and salvage a good customer. Microsoft has blowen it big time stuffing Win 8 down peoples throat, they are going to loose a boat load of loyal customers if they don’t figure out a quick u-turn on this OS.

  32. Tit4taT

    Funny reading through your replies,people thinking that they have acquired a 98 OS!Regardless,any ideas how to transfer it to a USB flash drive – would be really handy – realise it needs to be turn into a ISO file,but, HOW?

  33. Mark

    Ok, here’s my problem. Got Hp Compaq 1598DT. Had too much crap on it and was becoming slow and unresponsive so I thought best thing would be a fresh install of windows. I changed the boot order in the bios to read cd first and then formatted the hard drive which was successful. Now my problem begins. When I turn on the laptop it says wrong system disk. I Cannot enter the bios, from what I’ve read I think the bios in on the hard drive and now its formatted it’s gone. I’ve downloaded this boot disk and burnt the iso to disk and put it in the old HP Compaq. Still comes up with the same error message not valid system disk and I still can’t get into the bios to check to see if it is reading cd first. Just want to install win 98 back on to it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Mark.

  34. Bob

    Heyho. Didn’t work for me. It booted OK, into A:, but acknowledged no other drives. Then when I inserted other CDs into that same drive, it refused to deal with them, only offering RETRY FAIL. Every single one, even those that I have at least DIRed using other boot CDs/DVDs.
    At least it booted; the Windows98Live cd just hanged at the W98 splash screen. Anyone know any others that might work? Win7HomePremium 64bit.
    Cheers.

  35. Anthony Curreri Post author

    A: is a ram-drive created by this boot cd. It is basically imitating the windows 98 boot floppy.

    C: should be the first hard drive. If you type c: at the prompt, what message do you get? If the hard drive is not formatted to fat16 or fat 32, you will not be able to read the hard drive.

    D: I think will be the second hard drive or the first cdrom

    Really this CD is just for formatting your hard drive so that you can install Windows 98. It’s not a recovery CD and it will not read modern file formats.

  36. Bryan2Blazed

    Thank you for this. For you kids that don’t know this is a boot disc that works with command line. To see all commands type “dir”. The most common useful command is “fdisk”. This command can rebuild a hard drives partition if something ever happens to it. Like today a windows 7 install corrupted my hard drive so bad the boot manager files couldn’t be mounted on it to start the installation. Fdisk erased to corrupt partition and built a new one. Making my hard drive usable again. Great tool. If you have old hard drives laying around you think are broken try “Fdisk” to repair them.

  37. Manny

    Thanks for uploading that 98 startup image file it loaded no problem.
    I have a 98 startup disk somewhere but wasn’t able to locate it, now I see how valuable it is lol
    thanks again your friend Manny.

  38. Adil

    Thank you very much. Hope some day you will give us a Win98SE cd too :)

    And after that some guidance for making Win98 a beautiful look OS that runs on my computer.

    Thank you very much once again

  39. Herman Nz

    Thanks, I’d been looking for around the world =)) … at last, I halt in a simple site but cute to visit. Thanks again for the Windows 98 ISO. God bless you. amin

  40. Ivan

    Excellent! works for me thanks so much. Nice work :)

    Fdisk – format c:/s – remove boot cd – insert window 98 cd – R:\> setup

    complete set up new window 98.

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