I’m trying to reformat a computer with WinME. I’ve got a lot old games that won’t run on modern day computers without emulators. So, I downloaded a WinME torrent (before anyone asks, I legally owned a copy of ME. I no longer have the disk, but I still have the product key). I then went to the bios and changed the boot order to first read the floppy (bootdisk) and then the HDD and the FDD. I then deleted the current partition and recreated it. Then, I formated drive C:. Finally, I ran the setup off of the CD. Everything finishes up and I get the message “Windows needs to Restart” (or something like that). Once I restart it, it won’t boot up. Even if I disable the floppy drive and only tell it to boot from the HDD, it still asks for the bootdisk. I’ve noticed though that if I choose to boot from the floppy and type c:/ and then “dir”, it comes up with a list of files (none of which can be opened). I’ve tried this several times, always getting the same outcome. Is it possible that I just got a bad copy of ME? Should I try finding a different one and see if it makes a difference? Please help!
PS. Before I tried this, I was running ME, but was infected with a bad virus. I figured the best way to rid of it was to reformat.
I can also say that about a week ago, I formated a HDD with Win98SE and hadn’t run into any problems.