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ghetto_smurf

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Okay, let me start off by explaining my situation. I used to run Windows 2000, but something went wrong and it wouldn't boot. I eventually had to install Windows 98 SE over Windows 2000. Not a great idea, I know, but it was the only way I could actually get my computer to start properly. Then I had to reinstall all my programs since Win98 uses the "windows" folder for system files and 2000 uses the "winnt" folder.

My problem is that when I try to reinstall MSN Messenger from the self-extracting .exe file downloaded from the MSN website, I get an error box popping up saying "MSN Messenger failed to install. Please go to the MSN Messenger website and download the software from there."

I have downloaded the latest Win98 version of Messenger twice to to success. I managed to find a 6.2 version for Win98 online that I tried and I ended up getting the same error. I still have the .exe for the 2000 version I had as well.

I can't reinstall 2000 because I don't have the CD for it. I only have the 98SE CD. That makes it tough to uninstall the version of Messenger I currently have because it doesn't show up in the Add/Remove Programs wizard.

Any help or tips? I can live without Messenger, but I'd rather that I get the problem sorted out. Thanks.
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sounds like you are headed for a world of trouble. I would back up your data and format the system and do a clean install. ms os's can upgrade with no problem, but to downgrade you need to do a clean install.
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I know that, but my PC's abot 5 years old so it didn't come with a CD burner and I don't have access to one. Ditto for flash drives or external storage media apart from floppies. That's why I don't want to do a clean install.

But if there's no solution to my problem other than a clean install then I'll live without MSN until I get my new PC at the end of the year (hopefully).
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