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Installing 98 over 2000


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Is it possible to intall Windows 98 over 2,00. I'm trying to do do, but whenI tried to format it says Format not supported on drive C: It says that the primary active partition is NTFS, but it also said that FAT 32, not supported, initially, however it gave me the option when I ran fdisk. I'm not real good at this so just winging it. Any suggestions, at what I'm doing wrong?Thanks!
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Did you upgrade from 98 to 2000 originally, or was it a full install of 2000?

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I believe it was a full install. It's my brothers computer. Just trying to help him out. Blind leading the blind here!
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I have never done this myself, but because of the different file volume formats (NTFS,FAT32) you're going to need to use FDISK. Are you familiar with this at all?
Basically it's when you put a disk with FDISK on it and boot with it in the drive and It brings you to a volume formatting program. You can then format the drive and then boot with windows 98 disk and install. You will lose all saved data! You will need to make back up copys of everything that needs to be saved. Let me know if you want to execute this process and I will help you.

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So, you can't just fdisk like normal I'm assuming. I don't have a disk with fdisk on it. If you could help me I'm willing to try it!
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I'm going to try and find one on the web.
I found a program called Super Fdisk, but I need to check it out and see what it does. I think it makes a disk.

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How big is the hard drive?

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I'm not for sure. I can't access windows 2000. How can I tell? When I look at the partition. It says 9758 Mbytes. And I think the hard drive is 2,048k. I'm really bad at this!
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Are you in a dos mode? Is that what you mean by not being able to access win 2000?

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If you're okay with losing any data on the drive, just get a Windows98SE bootdisk here: http://www.bootdisk.com

Use the disk to boot your computer, and at the prompt type fdisk

Here's a good guide: http://www.duxcw.com...grade/fdisk.htm
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I have the Windows 98 startup disk which is what I tried to do when I got the error. I did an fdisk. The reason I say I can't access Windows 2000 is because the computer was a throw away from an old business with a network apparantly and asks for a password. Don't know it so it won't let me access Windows. I don't care about the data, so not afraid to lose anything at this point.
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Run fdisk, and delete any partitions on the disk. Next recreate a primary, and any extended partitions desired. ALL traces of Windows will then be gone. Format the drive and run setup. <_<
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ok, duh! Don't know why I didn't think of that. will let you know! Sorry!
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Ok, I ran fdisk and it said there were no partitions to delete. so I went ahead and created a primary and am running setup. Windows is giving me a setup caution now that says. Setup detected Windows NT file system partition on your hard disk. Files on this partition will not be available whenyou use 98. Any ideas?
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I'm assuming that it is seeing the windows 2000 files and saying you will not be able to access these files from 98 because 98 is on a FAT32 volume, and that windows 2000 os must be on a NTFS. Ntfs can read fat32, but fat32 cannot read ntfs. I think that maybe we could find a way to format that partiton so you can use it after installation.

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