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#1 bigmel

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 06:20 AM

I replaced the HD in my Dell 4700, The only OS I had was windows 98, which didn't work. files missing.
Anyway after talking to a friend he believes Dell won't let you load from a Windows disc. So he gave me a Dell disc with XP. this worked fine. But now when I boot up it ask what OS I want to use?

Any way to get rid of 98, or set the PC to just boot from XP.

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 08:38 AM

Can you post the contents of your boot.ini.

Your file only needs to contain something like the following for one OS:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

If you edit the boot.ini, BACK IT UP FIRST.

Are you the only person who has the use of the Dell disk.

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 09:39 AM

You could also try Removing the invalid entries from Boot.ini - http://windowsxp.mvps.org/bootopt.htm.

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 02:57 PM

let me clarify, I'm not to savvy with PC's, when I boot up I get a pre screen asking what OS I want to run. 98 or XP. when I loaded up XP it made a parition with XP. What I want to do is get rid of 98 and just have XP. Once I hit the enter key XP boots right up.

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 03:13 PM

Hit the following keyboard combination: Windows Logo Key + R

Type the following: msconfig

Under the Boot tab, you should see two operating systems: XP and 98. Select 98 from the list. You must be sure within a shadow of doubt that you selected the right one (Windows 98). Click Delete. This removes Windows 98 from the bootloader.

Now, check your partitions: type diskmgmt.msc into the Run box and hit Enter. Maximize this Disk Management window and post a screenshot.
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 12:27 PM

If you replaced the Hard Drive in your computer then there should be no Operating System on the new drive. It should be empty.

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 03:56 PM

If you replaced the Hard Drive in your computer then there should be no Operating System on the new drive. It should be empty.

That's something I was confused about, at first...

But if you read closely:

So he gave me a Dell disc with XP. this worked fine.


Without a full explanation by the OP, it seems as though the hard drive was replaced, then a clean install of XP was done. But that doesn't explain the invalid startup entry (Windows 98)...

when I loaded up XP it made a parition with XP. What I want to do is get rid of 98 and just have XP.


Clarification is needed, bigmel. Please list what was done, step by step.

Edited by keyboardNinja, 25 April 2010 - 03:57 PM.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:49 PM

I loaded W.98 first on the new HD. but it didn't work, and it was all I had. I hear Dell has problems with this. So I got a Dell rec'v disc (XP) from a friend which I wanted to use to reformat the HD but it made a parition E-2. I just tried to reformat but it only repaired XP.

At this point all I want to do is wipe the HD clean & install XP .

I'm sorry about the confusion.

At one point during the install at the bottom it says Quit, R-Repair, ESC- don't repair
Do I want to hit ESC? for a new menue?

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 01:13 PM

I think you just need a straight-up "retail" copy of XP...not a recovery disc made for a different computer (just because it's the same brand doesn't matter).
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 02:22 PM

Bigmel you are on the right track
Hit ESC at that point. It should give you an option to delete and recreate the prtition. Do so
Then reinstall XP.
All traces of the failed 98 installation will be gone
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 07:08 PM

that did the trick, now I only have a new XP on the hard drive.

Thanks guys.




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