I am working on a 98SE computer. It looks as though it's memory has been upgraded because it has 192mg of RAM. The first, and biggest problem is it is recognizing the hard drive (C:\) as a removable drive. In some places it says this drive has 2 gig of memory, in others it says approximately 16+ gig???? I have a upgrade CD of Windows 98SE, but it says it cannot put it on a removable drive. I have XP on disk, and it says there isn't enough room. The uninstall program is missing from most of the downloaded programs, and there are a bunch of them. The places that says there are 2 gig says that no memory has been used. In the places where it says there are 16 gig on it has 4 gig used. I am pretty sure someone has been fooling with the registry, and we all know what happens when people who mess with the registry usually cause big problems, as not alot of people are qualified to fool with the registry (including me). I have tried to delete a few of the programs that still had the uninstall programs and defrag, but I know the old defrags start over every time another program does anything. I thought I remembered a setting to stop the rest of the programs, but I can't find it. Yesterday, I got it to recognize the CD drive (it says DVD drive) so that at least it is in the my computer section, and though it is checked when the computer starts up, it doesn't recognize anything in the drive (like the 98 and XP disks) Today, I actually got a task manager. So after 10 hours that is the grand total of my accomplishments. I have tried to download some programs to straighten it out, and it says things like this download has 6500mg and you only have 6000mg. Please redownload. I downloaded the ATF Cleaner yesterday, and it worked fine, but today the same program gave me that stupid error.
I think the best thing to do is to completely reinstall the operating system, but until I get this C:\ drive problem out of the way I cannot do this. I don't know what info to give you right now, so if you will let me know what you need to know, I will post as per your instructions.
I hope I posted this in the right forum. I'm sure you will let me know if I haven't!
Thank you so much for your time.