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Erasing Xp Operating System

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#1 Fernando Maravilla

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 03:11 PM

i bought a computer running XP and i wanted to revert it back to it's predeccesor 98 SE. i have to switch it back because apparently this person didn't know about the whole activation anti-piracy thing that microsoft has, but whatever. i get a computer out of this mess. slow, but it's still a computer. so i was wondering how i would go about deleting the XP OS and i figure after that is erased i can just pop in the 98 SE disk and install away.

so can anybody help?

thanks in advance.

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 06:26 PM

Hi Fernando Maravilla,

I applaud you for removing the bogus copy of XP. Thank you for being honest. Try Bootdisk.com. You should be able to make a working bootdisk and then fdisk the NTFS partition.

You could also try booting to your 98 disk and then using fdisk (Under the win98 directory if I remember correctly) to remove the non-dos partitions. Repartition/format the drive and all should be well.

Hope this helps...


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Posted 25 September 2006 - 06:26 PM

Get a W98 boot disk, use it to format the dive and then Install W98

If you do not have one, download one from bootdisk.com

You may have to change the boot order in the bios, first to boot from the floppy so you can use the boot disk, and then the CD so it will boot the installation CD.

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