Help! Jane! Stop this crazy thing!!!!

I installed Windows 98 thinking it would be a nice way to upgrade my system.  Big mistake.  The first thing I noticed was it screwed up my graphics. Can't figure out what it did, but it tells me I need to change my display settings to at least 16-bit for graphics to run properly.  Fair enough, being that's where I had it before it walked in. So, I go to my display settings and try to click to a higher one, and there is now only ONE choice - 16 colors.  Where the others ran off to, I have no idea.  I tried re-installing my video driver with the Diamond Stealth II CD, but that only made the screen black when I restarted. (had to go in through safe mode to at least get back to the 16 colors graphics).  Then I wanted to get on the internet to find help, but it won't let me get online. I get these WAOL "you have performed an illegal operation, you lousy criminal" type error messages (I'm on my son's slooooow computer right now to access the internet).  
Now all I want to do is get back to my WORKING windows 95.  I chose the option of saving my old Windows 95 files during the Win 98 installation, but I just don't know how to "Get Back" (as the Beatles would say) to Windows 95.
Can anyone help or point me in the right direction?  If there are no easy solutions to the Win 98 goofs, I would like to uninstall the *&#$% Win 98....but HOW? Thanks!!
ascoredhatAsked:
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Patricia Siu-Lai HoCommented:
Ascoredhat,
Your problem is not an uncommon phenomenon for upgrading from Win95 to Win98.
However, it is not hard to solve. The problem is related to the installation of display card.

First, you have to get the latest driver of your display card, which is Win98 compatible.

Boot the computer to safe mode, go to the Start-settings-control panel, system, device manager, view by type. Expand the driver for your display adapter. Remove all the display adapters by clicking the [remove] button. Expand the monitors and view the monitor detected. Remove all the monitor devices by clicking the [remove] button.

Click OK and restart the computer.

Boot the computer into normal mode. Your display adapter and monitor will be re-detected by Win98.  Once, it is in normal running, go to the control panel, system, device manager, view by type.
Select the display adapter. Click the [properties] button. Go to the Driver Tab. Click the button for [Update Driver]. It will pop up the wizard, follow and install your latest driver of display adapter by pointing to the right path of it. After finished updating the driver, restart the computer.

You many need restart the computer 3 times before the changes being effective.
After normalization, you will find in the control panel, display, resolution that you can adjust higher resolution e.g. 64K high color 800x600 or 1024x768 pixels.

Let me know if you have any queries.       Pslh
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Patricia Siu-Lai HoCommented:
ascoredhat,It should be <<You may need restart the computer 3 times before the changes being effective.>>    Pslh
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kenboCommented:
An easier alternative to pslh's solution would be to simply make sure you have the latest video drivers. Then go to the device manger and remove the display adapter. Reboot. If your video card is PnP then Windows should detect it. Follow the instructions from there and remember to reboot again after the driver installation.
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1cellCommented:
quick question:

under device manager, what kind of monitor does it say you are using.  It's comlpetely possible that the monitor driver is the one that needs to be loaded.  If this is the case, Windows might be restricting you to only 16 colors to protect you from damaging the monitor.
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bchewCommented:
Finally, if all that fails and you still want to roll back to Win95, you do that from Control Panel/Add-Remove Software.
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Big0rangeCommented:
ascoredhat, I would recommend committing to Windows 98, it is a much better OS than 95 was.  However, you should NEVER try to "upgrade" your OS.  You have witnessed firsthand the headaches involved.  
First, create a boot disk with your CD-ROM drivers.  Windows can make a startup disk for you that should work.
Then back up and data you dont want to lose, because you get to reformat your hard drive.  Granted, you have to re-install all your windows apps, but the lack of future problems is worth this approach.  Just back up the files you have created and downloaded, don't back up the applications because you can reinstall them.
Copy the format command to your windows system disk.  Reboot, with the system disk in the A drive.  You should boot to a prompt - have a CD in your CD-ROM drive and make sure you can access it.  If not, write back for help on enabling your CD-ROM in DOS.  If you can access the drive, re-format your hard drive.  While your at it, if it hasn't been partitioned into a FAT32 partition, do so before reformatting.
Anyhow, once reformatted, run setup.exe from your win98 upgrade disc.  At some point, it will tell you it cannot find  a qualifying product to upgrade from.  Simply insert your Win95 disc or floppies and point the setup program to the newly inserted disc. Follow the prompts, and viola, a fresh intact Win98 operating system.
Once you've done this, go to the websites for your respective hardware manufacturers and download the latest drivers for your hardware (motherboard, video, audio, modem, etc.)
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1cellCommented:
BigOrange,

I would agree that upgrades to OS's are a lot of times difficult and problematic.  I would have to say though that if the alternative is blowing away all of your data, internet connection, drivers, etc., I would give the upgrade a shot and troubleshoot from there.  Again, I agree with you but formatting and reinstalling is just an easy work around.  Let me ask, if I don't have a modem driver, how do I get on the internet to download drivers??
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Big0rangeCommented:
If someone is using a PCI-based winmodem, 1cell, then that person probably doesn't have sense enough to try to work on their own computer.  However, most modems come with drivers that will work under win95 or 98, allowing the opportunity do at least get online to download current drivers.  Also, Win98 has extensive modem support built in.  In any event, there are no suitable workarounds for this situation.  Any overlay of operating systems will cause long-term problems.
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cmarks55Commented:
hey, winmodems are cheap and usually work fine...as long as they're made by a reputable company.  nothing wrong with them as long as the user only wants to run windows.
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PcAddictCommented:
I would do a clean install.  Windows 98 will work better if you do so.

Before you format your hard drive to start clean.  Make sure your start up disk works ok.  Put it in and boot your system from it.  Choose load CD rom drivers and make your you can run your CD rom.  I only tell you this bacause I was upgrading one of my PCs and found I could not access the cd rom with the win98 startup disk.  I pulled a cd rom out of another PC and used it.  I was able to upgrade using that cd rom.  I do like Win98 better the Win95, but I had a lot of problems when I installed it the first time because I did not do a clean install.  If you have a update version of win98 you can do a clean install.  Just have your old win95 cd ready or win3.1 disk when the install program ask for your old version.  It is just checking to make sure you own a prior version of windows.
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Big0rangeCommented:
RE: the winmodems - they are fine for occasional surfing and checking email, but they are very prone to disconnects (in fact, they're the #1 cause of trouble for people that get disconnected frequently) and they eat up enormous amounts of system resources.  Spend a little more and buy a real modem.  
And ascoredhat, again, clean-install win98. You'll be much happier.
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RogueAceCommented:
There are both pros and cons to buying a winmodem. They ARE one of the easiest to update, cuz you just gotta download the firmware and there it is. BigOrange is right, though.

Rogue
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Patricia Siu-Lai HoCommented:
ascoredhat, What's your status? pslh
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bchewCommented:
I beleive ascoredhat has forgotten us!
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