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Starting Windows

After you install Windows, you can start it by simply turning on your computer. In most cases, computers start directly into Windows 98. If your computer requires a real-mode (16-bit) driver, you might see a DOS-like text screen as the drivers load. (Windows 98 has many new drivers, but real-mode drivers might be required for hardware that does not have a Windows 98 32-bit driver. These real-mode drivers are the ones used by Windows 3.x or DOS.) Also, if your Windows has multiple configurations installed—for example, to work with different hardware configurations—then a text screen prompts you to choose between the configurations. After you make your choice, Windows starts.

Troubleshooting Tip

If you're having trouble with the initial reboot of Windows 98 just after installation, see Startup and Reboot Problems in the Troubleshooting section at the end of this chapter.



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