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athcom51
11-26-2000, 07:21 AM
I have an IBM laptop that currently uses win 95 os ..I would like to uninstall 95 and install win 98..I have never done this before but will appreciate any suggestion ..I have seen it done before but really never paid attention ..so now whola I am faced with this challenge ..Thank you

Paleo Pete
11-26-2000, 07:37 AM
1. Back up any data you wish to save onto floppies, CD if you have a burner, tape, zip drive or another hard drive. (not likely on a laptop...)

2. Boot to a win98 Start Up disk, choose Command Prompt Only. At the A:\> prompt type:

format_c:_/s using a space in place of the underscore ( _ ). This will remove all data and make the drive bootable.

After format is complete reboot to the Start Up disk and choose Start Computer with CD ROM Support. At the command Prompt switch to your CD ROM drive and change into the win 98 directory and type setup

That's about it, you're off and running. If you have a full install win98 CD no problem. If you have the upgrade, when setup says it can't find a previous version of Windows, put it the win 95 CD and browse to it, soon as it finds it, put the win98 CD back in and continue the install.

This assumes you don't need to fdisk and repartition the drive. If you need to, or need to switch to FAT 32, check the links below.

Some helpful links:

PC Guide's Hard Disk Partitioning and Formatting Procedure ( http://www.pcguide.com/proc/setup/hdd-c.html)

How to fdisk A Hard Drive (http://www.sybercom.net/jtmurphy/page11.htm) if repartitioning is necessary, especially if you want to switch to FAT 32, which is recommended for win98. The PC Guide link above also has the same info.

Quick Guide to a win98 Fresh Start (http://www.hardwarehell.com/fdisk.htm)

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athcom51
11-26-2000, 08:51 AM
Pete Thanks for getting back to me so quick ..You can probably do all this with your eyes closed http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif ..Pete you are a great asset to this site keep up the good work ..athcom51

athcom51
11-26-2000, 07:46 PM
Hello Pete,..I installed the floppy start up disc win98 se and there was 3 options 1 win 98..2 with cd support and 3 without cd support nothing with command prompt so need more help thanks >>>

xor_chad
11-26-2000, 09:25 PM
Howdy
Pete was thinking about the 5 options you get after you install Windows. I didnt catch it either.

What you want to do is choose option 3 the first time when you make the partition.
From the command prompt run 'a:\>fdisk'

It requires you reboot after you add the partition so reboot with the floppy disk still in and this time choose option 2 to boot with cd rom support.
This time from the command prompt you will run 'a:\>format c:'

It will format your drive after you confirm it and ask you to label it. Call it 'xor_chad_is_great' or whatever you like http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif

When its done, take the floppy disk out, place your Windows CD in the drive and run 'a:\>d:\setup.exe' or 'a:\>d:\win98\setup.exe' (i cant remember)

from there on is step-by-step. Later....

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[This message has been edited by xor_chad (edited 11-26-2000).]

Paleo Pete
11-27-2000, 06:28 AM
OK, guess I've been corrected...I thought the Start Up Disk had the Command Prompt Only option...Guess I need to pull mine out and try it to refresh my memory.

Thanks for the correction chad.

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Reid
11-27-2000, 08:45 AM
Are you sure you want to delete all the programs, settings, and drivers that you have? Since this is your first time installing an operating system, I think it would be easier to do the '98 installation from within '95. You can let '98 delete '95 files, or delete them later. A clean install may be better, but you may wish to do it at another time.

If you have not bought Windows98 yet, I think SE would be a better choice than ME. SE will not be such a big load on memory and the CPU.

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xor_chad
11-27-2000, 10:04 AM
How.
I agree. An upgrade would be easier.
Also, skip the Fdisk step.
I forgot you already had a Primary DOS Partition.
Although, if you go the delete route then you may want to switch to FAT32, thus requiring the Fdisk step. Laters...

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athcom51
11-27-2000, 11:07 PM
Hello ..lots of choices here..I will like to install 98 se and uninstall 95 the easiest way possible ..I have never done this before so new at it but I am willing to try..Reid you mention deleting 95 from win98 se ..that sounds like the way to go.Please let me know How to do this.I do have the 98se cd rom and also win 98.This is a great site lots of help ..thanks again ..

Reid
11-28-2000, 01:41 AM
I have personally found Windows 98SE to be the most stable. I'm giving ME a chance on my backup drive, but it is not quite ready for prime time.

When you update to Windows 98, it will ask during setup if you want to keep the previous installation in case you want to go back to it. I recall it needs about 150Mb of disk space. If you chose to save it and delete it later, I think that option may have been under Add/Remove programs (I'll check on that; it has been a while, but in any case, it is easy to do.)



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Reid
11-28-2000, 02:10 AM
Here is some reading material to help you along. The WinMag Windows 98 Upgrade guide is an excellent resource: http://www.alamopc.org/features/F070004.htm http://www.winmag.com/windows/guides/win98/default.htm


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