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Remove illegal copy of XP and use older legal Win

by furb2u / January 27, 2009 6:58 AM PST

I have a computer that was given to me to use as a backup. It has two small HDs: C is about 6 Gb and D is about 9 Gb. Win XP Pro is on drive C. It is set up as NTFS. The processor is about 1.5. I do not have the CD and, thus, do not want an illegal copy of XP on this computer. I have legal copies of 95, 98SE and an ME upgrade. I would like to reformat the HD to Fat32 and put on one of these older OS. However, when I try to FDISK it will not allow me to reformat the disk, apparently because it is NTFS. It has only the one partition. I've tried several things but am getting frustrated. How do I reformat this drive?

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Re: formatting.
by Kees Bakker / January 27, 2009 7:01 AM PST

Use FDISK to delete the partition first. Then create a new one and format that. If FDISK refuses to delete (but it shouldn't) download DELPART.

Your not having a CD doesn't necessarily mean that it's an illegal OS.


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Fdisk did not work
by furb2u / January 27, 2009 7:03 AM PST
In reply to: Re: formatting.

Tried every option on it. Not familiar with delpart.

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Re: delpart
by Kees Bakker / January 27, 2009 7:04 AM PST
In reply to: Fdisk did not work
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Thank you.
by furb2u / January 27, 2009 8:22 AM PST
In reply to: Re: delpart

Now I will have to copy all the drivers for that machine. It's pretty old. I hope there's a driver for the kick-start.

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Depending on what your use is,
by lacsr / January 27, 2009 8:40 PM PST
In reply to: Thank you.

As a backup computer, you could use a form of Linux on an older computer with limited resources. It seems to be able to function better than Windows on old hardware.

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Thank you all.
by furb2u / January 29, 2009 3:15 AM PST

The deed is done. I will now post a couple of questions in Win Me.

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