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Part I: Unleashing Windows 98 Installati... > Preparing for the Windows 98 Install...

Chapter 1. Preparing for the Windows 98 Installation

IN THIS CHAPTER

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Before you can unleash the power of Windows 98, you need to unleash Windows 98 on your system (or on your users' systems). Still, that's no big deal, right? Don't you just slip the CD-ROM into the drive, run some kind of setup program, and then kick back while Windows handles all the dirty work for you? Well, that might be true if you were installing just another run-of-the-mill application, but you're dealing with your computer's operating system (OS) here. This isn't some dinky little utility you can toss willy-nilly onto your hard drive to check out. Windows 98 is a demanding program that will take over your whole system, so you need to be prepared for the ordeal to come.

Before diving into the deep end of the Windows 98 installation, you should dip a toe or two into the waters to make sure that you know what's in store. That's just what you do in this chapter as you explore the setup process in depth, and as you get yourself and your computer ready for the installation. Then, in Chapter 2, “From Disc to Disk: Installing Windows 98,” I'll take you through the entire setup procedure, whether you're installing Windows 98 “clean” or upgrading from another operating system.


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