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windows perils

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by w00p, Feb 26, 2004.

  1. w00p

    w00p Windows at its best

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    Is there a way to uninstall windows98 without formatting?
    Just so I can reinstall it entirely as if there wasn't any OS yet on the harddisc, but obviously there already are files of FAT32 system.

    You see, I want to "format", without losing all files on my HD...
     
  2. NotBillMurray

    NotBillMurray It's Suntory Time!

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    Hmmm,
    You might be able to delete the Windows directory in MS-DOS. That might do it.
     
  3. Freon

    Freon Braaaaiinss...

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    That guy above who is not Bill Murray is right.

    Also, I think you can convert a disk from FAT32 to NTFS after you've installed XP or 2000. But I'm not sure though.
     
  4. [C22]-Mort

    [C22]-Mort Retired but wearing the tag with pride!

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    yup....:-

    convert [DriveLetter]: /FS:NTFS

    will convert to NTFS...if it's your primary system partition then it will be done on next reboot!

    for more information type convert /? at command prompt ;)
     
  5. (SDS)benmcl

    (SDS)benmcl Why not visit us here in the real world.

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    I use to do that all the time. I just boot to dos and rename the key directories.
    Windows ->winold
    Program Files -> Proold
    Documents -> docold
    you get the idea

    Also any other key directories suchas the ones some CDROM drivers put off the root.

    I also rename the autoexec.bat and config.sys.

    Before you do all that though I suggest you copy all the cab files and sintall stuff to your HD and install from there. Doing that is faster, The CABs are ready if you make changes later on and you should not have to worry about screwing something up with CD drivers.

    Edit: oops missread. Not sure if copying the CAB files for XP is necessary, helpfull, or possible. I only did that with 95 and 98 so if its XP your going with its best to ignor that part.
     
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  6. spm1138

    spm1138 Irony Is

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    w00p, google for "uninstall Windows 98"

    The first result I turn up is a Microsoft Knowledge Base article entitled "Uninstalling Windows 98".
     
  7. Crowze

    Crowze Bird Brain

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    I'd have to warn you about converting the disks without a complete reformat. I kept getting random BSODs after doing that.
     
  8. w00p

    w00p Windows at its best

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    I'm not converting anything, just uninstalling windows 98 and reinstalling windows 98.
    And Mr_Shhh, I've already read that article, and it doesn't work in my copy.
    Though I did find that file in windows/command called uninstal.exe
    Do I have to run this in DOS or is it enough to run it in windows? since my dos knowledge is non-existant and I probably wouldn't even be able to run a floppy anymore... :p
     

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