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format xp pro to install win 98

by JWE4341 / May 13, 2006 1:56 PM PDT

i am trying to format my hard drive its running xp pro
i want to install windows 98. i have both discs but only have 98 floppy disc.

any help on how to do it.


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by reefurbb / May 13, 2006 11:55 PM PDT

1. if the 2 "discs" you have are Quick Recovery", then you don't have many options as these discs will reformat-repartition your Hdd and reinstall the orignal Brand Name OS (operating system).
2. if you had a retail version, single disc, of XP PRO and a valid Product key, you could have a dual boot Hdd with W98SE and XP Pro, but your Hdd should be 10gb minimum. You still need DELPART.EXE to wipe the NTFS XP partition, then repartition 3gb/4gb/3gb as one will be storage-backup, then format all 3 FAT32.
3. Your problem with W98SE is that it is limited on mobo chipset and other drivers. Main websites, like Dell, do not offer mobo drivers for less than Win2000, and you'd have to go to the mobo mfg or chipset website to find, hopefully, chipset drivers. Whatever separate cards you have will require a driver search, video-sound-modem-NIC-other. If any or all of these are on the mobo, you'd have to see the chipset numbers and search for drivers. Some sre built into the secondary chipset, northbridge and southbridge, likely video is. I got lucky recently as this was the case for all including sound, AC97, and NIC.
4. if you have changed enough hardware on your current PC, the Quick Restore discs will work, System Recovery won't, and your XP Pro may then be seen as invalid by Microsoft, for update and registration purposes, requiring you to purchase a retail CD anyway.
5. at any rate, see or google delpart.exe, 123kb, and add it to your current W98SE bootdisk. Delpart.exe= delete partition in DOS mode.

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XP Pro, stable,better security,and you want W98?
by unbent55 / July 10, 2006 1:23 AM PDT

You couldn't be serious

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Let me supply a reason why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 10, 2006 1:32 AM PDT

Some have older software that is expensive. I ran across an old CNC setup software that could not be cajoled to run on XP. So we turfed XP, installed 98se and got it back to work. The new version of said software was in the thousands but the old software was still fine (under 98se.)

Hope this explains why this is a good idea sometimes.


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Windows 98 is crappy
by unbent55 / July 25, 2006 1:33 AM PDT

United States, I have my opinion,you reefurb idiot

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Pilot X-15...I have to agree with Robert...
by reefurbb / July 10, 2006 10:59 AM PDT

as some may just choose to have something more familiar, even if less stable and secure. I've redone 2 PC's for people like that, even 1.7ghz. Others can't pass MS Windows Genuine Advantage, and choose to revert. Did you know that W2k/Pro, without SP3, and XP/Pro without SP2 are at "end of life cycle" also?

Looking at your previous posts, it appears you jump in now and then, and you don't have a BIO to personally email you. I would say this:
You're entitled to your opinions but not to belittling posters. Sometimes it helps to explain why something is "crappy" or other things "kick" in spite of decent pay-for software out there. You could refer to Web articles that support your opinions, or supply personal experience. Although you do appear to attempt help, you seem to make more statements than ask more questions. Why do you want to reply to posts that are 1-2 months old?
You almost remind me of people that advise more RAM to help things, rather than steps of cleanup.
I'm not saying "quit", as you will come up with more help along the way.

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No 98 CD?
by Trance_Zac / July 15, 2006 4:39 AM PDT

`You'll need a 98 CD or restore disks with 98 on them for that machine
Use the floppy to Fdisk & format, then install from CD

It is possible to extract the files from the Boot disk & build 98 from them, but it's an extremely complicated procedure.

Just jump on Ebay & get a copy of 98SE


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