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remove xp and load win 98


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Hi guys
my old computer was running xp pro ( hooky copy)which has been invested ( trojans virus etc) and totally abused by my daughter ( been mucking around in the registry)...I would like to re- format and put the original win 98 back on... is there a step by step guide on how to do this
your help is much appreciated
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Is XP the only version of Windows on the PC?
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First thing I would do is go into device manager and expand all the entries and write down the device names on a piece of paper, or print them. Why? Because win98 will have trouble identifying the devices on a newer motherboard and you will need to go to the motherboard mfrs. or device mfrs. to download the drivers. That is, if you don't have a disk for the motherboard will all the drivers. Finding all the drivers can be a hassle, agravated by not knowing what the devices are.
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Is XP the only version of Windows on the PC?

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the computer is approx 5 years old and came with win98...it was then upgraded to xp pro.
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when computer is switched on it searches for boot record from floppy then cd rom and ide0 then comes up invalid system disk...i have the original system restore pack win 98se uk would that help
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You can use any computer to make a boot floppy at

www.allbootdisks.com or

www.bootdisk.com

put it in the computer and boot with it with cd-rom support. You will need to open fdisk first, just type that in at the command prompt and hit Enter. Remove the older partition, make a new one, after you've exited fdsik type in format and enter yes for all the prompts.

Now put in your cd-rom and access it. With the allbootdisks floppy the drive letter will be R:

You should be able to type in R:\setup, or whatever the drive letter is, and setup should start. It might be R:\win98\setup, but different makers use different setups so I can't tell you with any certainty.

Hope that helps you.
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