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Cannot FDISK or anything to rid myself of Windows NT 4.0 Server

by ahw30045 / March 17, 2004 4:36 AM PST

I tried to rid myself of the Windows NT 4.0 Server/Backoffice 4.5 but cannot. Much of the software I need will not work on NT, so I am trying to install Windows ME or 98SE but am unable.

I have made a bootable disk and tried FDISK. I get the message that there is no room to create a partition. I tried deleting the partitions with no luck (couldn't find partitions). I tried Partition Magic 8.0 but it reported it couldn't run on Windows NT/2000/.NET Server.

How can I format and install a new OS? (If helpful, I do have a 2nd drive internal. I tried installing an OS on that, but couldn't within Windows.)

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Get DELPART.EXE from....
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 17, 2004 5:37 AM PST
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Re:Get DELPART.EXE from....
by ahw30045 / March 17, 2004 8:48 AM PST

I cheered when I read your reply, as this overcame a big hurtle. I am stuck again, however.

After deleting the partition, I FDISK, creating a primary partition. I then formatted the drive. When I put my boot disk (from the same webpage you suggested), I get the option of startup with CD-ROM, etc. I chose the CD-ROM support, and it goes through a sequence but then hangs up after two instances of "PCI bus scan complete". (I have to internal drives).

Any suggestions?

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Not enough detail...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 17, 2004 10:33 AM PST

With just what you've told in the post, I can't tell what hardware you have. You could have some SCSI controller and need drivers or such?

If you are installing Windows 2000, no partition or format is needed. I delete all those partitions, boot the 2000 CD and install.

A common mis-step in installing 2000/XP is old knowledge about installing DOS/Windows95/98/ME.


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