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Replacing XP with '98?

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#1 geniepiper


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Posted 11 February 2009 - 01:29 PM

I have been given a Gateway Pentium 4 computer with Windows XP. It would be good for doing simple tasks at a little community center I volunteer at. The problem is that the Windows on it seems to be pretty messed up and the person who gave the computer to me did not keep the disk!

I have a full install Windows '98, and since I do not intend to use the computer for any complex tasks that '98 cannot do, I thought that maybe I can format the hard drive and replace the XP with '98; but, I hear this is easier said then done.

Any suggestions? I do have some experience installing operating systems; but, always upgrading, never downgrading.

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#2 GTK48


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Posted 11 February 2009 - 01:33 PM

I would try to fix the problems with Xp before installing Win98. Run some spyware programs, defrag the HD, Run Ccleaner...etc. Make sure it has all of the latest updates from MS.


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Posted 11 February 2009 - 02:13 PM

The problem is that the Windows on it seems to be pretty messed up

Are you able to boot into XP? In what way is it messed up?
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 05:04 PM

There is nothing difficult about deleting an install of XP...and then installing Windows 98.


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Posted 11 February 2009 - 09:27 PM

I would take a look in My Computer and see if there's a small D: partition. Could be the restore partition is still in tact. If so you could return it to factory condition just by doing the full repair on boot up.

If there's a lot of scumware on it then you'd be surprised what a few scans will accomplish. Try some scumware removers. If that fails see if you can do the restore. There may not even be Win98 drivers for the hardware on that PC. Plus Win98 doesn't support NTFS. A journaling file system is way better than one that ain't. Less likely to get corrupted if the system happens to lock up. Also Win98 is way more likely to lock up. It's a windows program with a Dos extender running on top of Dos. XP is NT based which means it's almost a real operating system.

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