If you can help us we can help you.

Hi Jeff,

I think I can help you out here. But first things first. My name.
is Wes and I've been using Windows 98 and 98SE sense it was
first released. I still use it to this day, and am using it at
this very moment. One might say that I've mastered it. I wouldn't
it but some might.

As to your question regarding the Microsoft message telling you
that a given amount of disk space is required. The answer is
not exactly true. Almost but not quite. When written Microsoft
had to assume that the user would be installing every possible
option available from the package. So the good news is that if
you only install the minimum amount necessary for the "Bare
bones version" it will not require quite as much space.

You wrote "I reformatted and copied the cab files to the hard
drive and now it tells me I need to free space on the HD."
Those files alone takes up about 132 Megabytes of a 160MB HD.
In addition you wrote "There is a Command.com [CABS] listed with:
1 file(s) 93,880 bytes 1 dir(s) 159,014,912 bytes free."
Common sense should tell you that if Win98 was on that HD
before it was reformatted it should fit on it now. What we don't
know is weather or not the Microsoft Cab files were on the HD
before it was reformatted. OEM's (Original Equipment Manufacture)
did put them on the HD in a directory named "Options" which was
a sub directory of the "Windows" directory. I will need a whole
lot more information before I am able to help you.

1) Where did you acquire the Win98 installation software? That's
important to know because there were two versions made at the
time. One version was an upgrade version for those who were
upgrading from Win95. The other version was for a new installation.

2) From where or what medium did you copy the files from? Do
you have a CD or what? That's important to know so we can identify
the files.

2) Are the files for Windows 98 or 98SE? Windows 98 SE was the
updated version of the first release of 98. Windows 98 was labeled
WinVer=4.10.0 and SE was labeled WinVer=4.10.2222.

3) How were you able to boot your machine if the only files are
the those that you listed? The bare minimum would be one copy of
Command.com, Msdos.sys and IO.sys. So please tell me how you are
reading the contents of the HD.

4) I will also need to know everything you can tell me about the
computer. What other types of drives does it has. Floppy drive,
CD ROM drive? Those kind of things.

Well I'll sign off for now and let you gather all the information
I've asked for.

TTFN (Ta Ta for now)

Wes

PS:
It look like Bob thinks you might have a larger HD that has at
least one partition. Perhaps he is also wondering how you were
able to access the HD in order to copy the cab files and
command.com to it. Maybe you can tell us everything you did,
starting at the point that you decided to do the reformat.
Don't leave anything out. (Blow by blow) Even if you took a
coffee break, we need to know about it. You can't possibly give
us to much information. The more, the merrier and better.