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How do i change my o/s???????????

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Posted on Friday, February 22, 2002 - 9:33 am:   

Hi, I want to change from win ME to win 98.
I'm unable to do a "format c:" why and how?
Also the ME software is only on a "system restore"
disk, which contains dvd drivers and all sorts of other things. So if i do manage to get rid of this dreadful win ME, have i lost these pieces of software forever?
Posted on Friday, February 22, 2002 - 1:04 pm:   

If your trying to format with a 98 disk a WinMe install, the DOS versions are different enough to where one won't recognize the other. If you were going from 95 to 98 or 98 to 98se, I would tell you to rename WIN.COM to WINCOM.OLD. but since you are going backwards you have to Boot to your Win98 disk than you have to run Fdisk, delete the current active partition, than create a new partition, format the drive, than you should be able to install Win98, granted, you will lose all information, drivers, programs, and settings, but if you have backups of everything you should be able to reinstall those without a problem.
Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Friday, February 22, 2002 - 3:12 pm:   

Was the ME installation an upgrade from WIN 98 ?
If so, it might be possible to "uninstall" WIN ME (assuming the WIN98 files are still intact)

Do you have the WIN 98 CD already? If so is it an upgrade or a full version? The upgrade will require a previous OS.
Posted on Friday, February 22, 2002 - 3:51 pm:   

Quoted by Patty "Also the ME software is only on a "system restore" disk"
Don't think thats possible with an ME System restore disk. Could it be an HP or Compaq? That would make things even tougher to get going with Win98 and the drivers involved.
Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2002 - 10:04 am:   

Hi all, thankyou for your replies.
The "restore" disk came with the computer purchased from "Tiny" ltd. This disk also contains all of their resident programs which i want to dump and is one of the reasons i want to completely wipe c: drive. Is there a procedure that i can use other than buying a new hard drive? Surely there is? there must be! any ideas?
Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2002 - 1:14 pm:   

You shouldn't need a new hard drive, If you have a WIN98 install CD (not an upgrade) and you have the floppy boot disk with it use the fdisk as described above and enable large disk support delete the partition and create a new one, reboot with the floppy, install win98, (WIN98 will format before install) and if all goes well you should be able to install win98. One warning though> you might need to download all your drivers from the net and store on floppy or CDR if you can before installation as WIN98 might not have them nativily, such as modem, sound, and video.
Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2002 - 10:24 am:   

Patty, vendors of PCs know what they're doing when they set you up with a PC. They give you WindowsME but not the WindowsME CD. Instead they cram everything onto a CD they call the restore disk. Try and buy a new piece of hardware and install it to your computer, you'll find it is impossible to do yourself. My dad works with a guy who's brother runs a Dell Authorized Service Center, and he says (Shhh... you didn't hear it from me!) That there are failsafe's and codes in order that only Authorized Dell Service People know, and you have to enter these things in order to replace parts, etc. So basically you're stuck with a problem and you HAVE to bring it to them for the sollution, so you are forced to pay them. Reverting from ME to 98/98SE is a tough call... the hardware your computer is using was built with/for ME/2000/NT/XP, and there is no telling how Windows98 will react to them. Plus, I do not think you can selectively pick drivers off the Recovery CD when 98 asks for them (Assuming you installed 98) The CD will just want to restore ME to your system. So... you are kind of stuck unless you want a complicated route to travel using 98. Once again, the computer vendors have won. Hope this helps a little.

PS- I wouldn't reccomend using FDISK or any utility to go back an OS. You'll save time and patience to just live with ME... the system won't want to hear about anything else.

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