You can format and partition your drive in Fat32 or NTFS from the XP installation disk. This is at the very beginning where the screen stays pale blue. After that you don't need to install XP and just exit the program. The hard disk should stay reformatted ready to receive 95. You may do some of this from Group Policy MMC if you have XP Pro installed but I've never tried.
OK, Ive spent the last day and a half trying to figure out how to do this. Heres what I want to do:
I currently have windows XP on an old computer. However, Id like it to have windows 95 so that I can play some old computer games of mine. So far Ive tried:
Simply installing Win95. Gives me the "Cant run setup through windows NT" error message. I then:
Downloaded a partition manager (www.ranish.com). It wont allow me to repartition the FAT32 partition; its minimum size is the size of the hard disk. I downloaded this so that I could simply create a new hard drive partition then run win95 from there. Of course, Ive run into a billion websites warning me about this.
Now Im trying to simply reformat the stupid drive. I no longer care about my brother in laws old RPG games and now just want to simply erase the thing and have a win95 machine.
No matter where I look, no website can help. All of them simply say "run the win95 cd from boot." Ive set my BIOS to boot from the cd-rom yet it wont; I fear windows XP isnt allowing me to do this.
Unfortunately this is the first step in every websites process in reformating a hard drive.
I am way to cheap to spend 40 dollars on a stupid program that does the same thing I should be able to do from home. Like I said before, if anyone knows how to repartition the drive and allow me to run win95 (even though XP was installed first) that would be great. But also like I said, Im fed up with the whole process and just want to start over. I dont want to backup anything, I just want to erase and begin anew so I can play my game Liberation Day while on break from college.
So, if anyone can :
1. Tell me how to repartition the drive (remember, for some reason the ranish utility is saying the minimum partition size for XP is the size of the ahrd disk itself)
2: Tell me how to reformat and start all over
3. Simply clue me in on how to get Liberation Day to work on an XP system
4. Tell me where to go so I can punch Bill Gates in the face for creating a monopoly
I would greatly apreciate it. Im a competent computer user and am fed up at how difficult it is to use technology thats only 7 years old.