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I made a mess!

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#1 Taya


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Posted 06 July 2005 - 10:37 AM

Hi ya all!!!
This is what I did. Took mom's older computer(maybe 8 yrs old) I forget what it is anyways doesn't really matter. It had win98 on it. I formatted the drive so I could start from scratch. Reinstalled win98. Worked good. We want this for a second computer and our new Dell has win xp. So, since we are used to xp I decided to install that. But for some reason the disk I got with my dell makes it about half way through the install and then says there are errors. So, then I was stuck with no 98 and no xp! Went on line and learned about fdisk...ran that...it says I deleted the ntfs partrition but now I want to put win 98 back on, it starts the setup then my screen only gets part of a sentence and a bunch of random letters all over my screen. Now it looks like I messed up Dos and I sure don't know how to fix that!!!
If anyone could help I would be ever so grateful!!!

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#2 thedon57


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Posted 06 July 2005 - 11:03 AM

the disk you probably got from dells was probably not a complete reinstall one it was only meant for the computer it came with, all it does is restore the computer to how it was when it left the factory.
Right now for your windows 98, have you made sure that it has formatted the drive before you try and install windows, if you cant do any more, if you go to www.microsoft.com look for downloads for 98, and also drivers, you will either need 8 floppy or a rewritable cd disk, do this on your xp, hopefully this will get you up and running, open up the computer remove battery from motherboard for about 4 hours then put it back in and start up you may find now you can do a reinstall of your 98.
Now installed Microsoft Security Essencials on my Tower with Windows Home Premium 32bit and Toshiba Satellite Pro Laptop with Windows Home Premium 64bit

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