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My laptop is on its last leg. I have an "old" desktop (has 3.25" and CD/ROM) with windows 95 that was part of an office network but no longer used. I'd like help on the proper/safest way to remove W-95 and old network-related stuff, so that I can install W-98 and software from laptop onto the desktop. Basic question - how to reformat a harddrive and install "new" W-98.
(Be gentle - I'm just a geek wanna-be)
Thanks! Dennis <_<
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Welcome Dennis <_<

CLICK HERE to download a Windows 98 boot disk image file (save it to desktop, or somewhere you can remember). Insert a blank floppy disk and run this image file to create a bootable floppy. Leaving the floppy in the drive, reboot the computer, and it should boot from this floppy.

When finished booting, you'll see a simple command prompt A:\. At this command prompt type format C: (i.e. A:\format C:). This will format your hard drive removing existing data.

To install Windows 98, reboot your computer, again leaving the boot disk in the floppy drive. Also, be sure your Windows 98 CD is in the CDROM drive. This time at the command prompt type setup. Windows setup should begin. :D
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The computer I'm reformatting currently has Windows 95 on it. Do I need a Windows 95 botable floppy? (I'll them be installing Windows 98)... Dennis
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Nope, use the bootable floppy for the version of Windows you'll be installing.
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<_< Lookin' good so far... Thanks much!! ...Dennis
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