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Setup switches for Windows 95 & 98. Most of these are "official" setup switches, but Microsoft doesn't want you to know about some of them!
Warning: Use of these setup switches is not recommended for most normal installations, and should only be done by computer professionals. Intra-Designs takes no responsibility for any problems that may occur when using these switches.

 

The following setup switches will work with both Windows 95 and Windows 98. These must be run from the command line. A sample Setup switch would look like:

setup /id /P f

/? A list of the official Setup switches.
/c Instructs setup not to load the SmartDrive disk cache.
/d Setup will not use your existing Windows configuration.
/id Skips the disk-space check.
/ig Allows Setup to run on some older Gateway and Micron computers with an early BIOS.
/ih Runs ScanDisk in the foreground.
/im Skips the memory check.
/in Runs Setup without the Network Setup module.
/iq Does not check for cross-linked files.
/ir Tells Windows Setup not to attempt to write to the boot sector. This should only be used when the anti-virus protection in CMOS cannot be disabled. Your computer will not reboot at the end of setup. You must boot using the Startup disk, SYS your hard drive, then boot normally to allow Setup to finish.
/is Does not run ScanDisk.
/it Setup will not check for the presence of "dirty" or "deadly" terminate-and-stay-resident programs (TSR's) that are known to cause problems with Windows Setup.
/l (L) Loads the Logitech mouse driver. Useful for Logictech series C mouse.
/n Run Setup without a mouse.
/nm Bypass the internal processor detection to allow Win95/98 to install on machines that do not have the minimum hardware requirements.
/p switches These switches can be used alone, or in groups. For example, you could type: setup /p f or you could type setup /p f;t:temp;a. Use the semi-colon (;) between switches
/p a Setup uses only Safe Detection of hardware. All hardware devices may not be detected properly.
/p b Prompts you before a detection module is called so you can step through detection modules manually.
/P f Creates a new Registry and ignores the current Registry. Note the space between the P and f.
/p g={N} Controls how verbose the built-in progess bar is. At maximum level (3), it sows all the resources of the detected devices along with the progress bar.
/p i Tells Setup not to report the existence of a Plug and Play BIOS. Useful on systems that have a PNP BIOS that is not reported in Machine.inf.
/p j Tells Setup to undo the results of the "Setup /p i" switch.
/p n Enables No Recovery mode. This switch turns off the Windows Setup recovery machanism. It prevents the creating of Detcrash.log, and the "Safe Recovery" will not show up after a hardware crash during Setup.
/p p Enables performance logging. It writes performance timing information to the Detlog.txt file.
/T:TMP Specifies the directory where Setup will copy the temporary files. If the directory doesn't exits, Setup will create it. Any existing files in the directory will be deleted.

 

Windows 98 specific Setup switches:

/ie Does not create a Startup disk, and does not create the {windir}\command\ebd directory.
/ih Skips the Registry check.
/il(L) Runs Setup with the Logitech mouse driver rather than the Microsoft mouse driver.
/iv Skips the display of billboards during setup.
/m Bypasses the playing of the Setup sound files.
/na Bypasses program check. The values are:
0: Default
1: No Windows-based program check
2: No DOS-based program check
3: No Windows or DOS program check
/nd Ignores the presence of a Migration.dll file and forces Setup to overwrite newer files.
/nf Do not prompt to remove the floppy disk from the drive (for bootable CD-ROM drives).
/NTLDR Bypasses an existing Operating System detection. This is good if you have a full-version of Windows 98 but need to reinstall or want to upgrade over Win 95.

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