Un-install/re-install win98

Would like to un-install win98, though there are no backup files for 95.  I guess this means I will have to take it down to dos and reconfigure the entire system, but am unsure of the process.  Is this possible for a person without a great deal of this type experience?
aubrey58lAsked:
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dew_associatesConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Aubrey, this will be a piece of cake for you then.

This will walk you through the entire procedure and what you will see along the way. Although this involves really starting fresh by removing and reinstalling the drive partition, you can skip that part and just format, but sometimes it helps to really start clean.

If you have your Win98 boot floppy, you're ready to prepare the hard drive.

1. At the MSDos prompt A:\> type Fdisk<enter>.

The first question asked will be:

"Do you wish to enable large disk support?

Answer YES if you want Fat 32, and NO if you want Fat16. Fat 32 is more efficient and supports drive sizes up to two terrabytes, which Fat 16 has a 2G drive size limitation.

NOTE: Choose yes to enable both large hard drive support and FAT 32.

DESCRIPTIONS OF WHAT YOU WILL SEE:
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Answering either "Y" or "N" will bring you to the dos fdisk menu. As you can see, you have several choices, you can:

.. Create a partition or logical drive.
.. Set the active partition.
.. Delete a partition of logical drive.
.. Display partition information.

On systems with multiple hard drives, there will be another choice added to the list:

.. Change current fixed disk drive.

.. Create a partition or logical drive.

This option enables you to set a new partition (including size) on a hard drive that either is new and has never been partitioned or one that has had it's partition removed with the third option noted above.

.. Set the active partition.

Once a drive has been partitioned, this option will enable you to make it active and therefore bootable. As an example, you could partition one hard drive into several partitions, let's say as Drive "C", "D" and "E", after which you would set "C" as the active bootable partition.

.. Delete a partition of logical drive.

This option allows you to remove partition(s) as well as logical drives. In the example above, "C" would be the primary partition and drives "D" and "E" would be logical drives.

.. Display partition information.

This option allows you to see what existing partitions are on a hard drive.

.. Change current fixed disk drive.

In systems with multiple hard drives, this option allows you to choose which hard drive you want to work with.

As noted above, when you first start Fdisk, you will be given a choice whether or not you want enable large hard disk support. If you choose NO or (N), the system will default to Fat 16. If you choose YES (Y), the system will default to Fat 32.

Start Fdisk as noted above, and choose (Y) for LBA and review the partition information.

2. Now choose ". Delete a partition of logical drive" and follow the prompts to delete the partitions that exist.

3. Now go back to the original menu by touching the ESC key and then choose ". Create a partition or logical drive"

At this point, depending on your hard drive size, you can elect to have one single large partition or two or more smaller ones.

This will default to drive "C" for a drive size equal to the entire drive, but make sure that that you make this partition ACTIVE.

Once this drive is made active, use the ESC key to return to the menu. Then Esc again to close Fdisk. Now that you are done with the partitioning, use your Ctrl, Alt & Del keys simultaneously to reboot the system to the floppy.

4. Now you're ready to format the drive and transfer the basic system files.

At the MSDos prompt A:> type "FORMAT C:/S" without quotes and touch the enter key. It will look like this:

A:\>FORMAT C:/S

A message will come up alerting you to the fact that if you proceed, all existing data on the hard drive will be erased. Acknowledge the message and proceed with the format.

Once the format has completed, you can either format the other partitions if you have made any or leave them as is.

Now reboot to the Win98 Startup disk again and choose "With CD Rom support" and your ready to install Win98.

When using the Windows 98 Boot Disk, it creates a ram drive in memory. In essence, if you have a hard drive with a single partition and a cd rom drive, normally your drives you be assigned letters "C" and "D" respectively.

However the ram drive is treated as a hard drive, which would make things look as follows:

Your hard drive = C
The ram drive = D
Your CD Rom = E

So, in order to load Windows 98, type the following at the dos prompt:

E:\Setup<enter>

It will look like this:
A:\>E:\setup "Now touch enter"

If you have a question, let me know!
Dennis

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FatherTimeCommented:
was this a upgrade to win98 from 95?
as you state there are no backup files for 95. if so do you have any startup disks for 98?
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aubrey58lAuthor Commented:
Actually this is not an upgrade, for it has been done once before  by another person, at that time a full version was installed.  thanks for reminding me.
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MrbreezeCommented:
You would need a Win98 boot disk which you can make by going to Control Panel,Add/Remove Programs and click on the Startup Disk tab. You also will need the Win98 CD and the drivers for all your components..video,audio,modem,etc.
You would boot from the startup disk, run FDISK on the drive and then FORMAT the drive. Then install Win98 and the drivers.
This is not a detailed explaination but briefly covers what you encounter.
                         Mrbreeze
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MrbreezeCommented:
Oh, and it can be done by anyone as long as you follow the procedures and have patience...patience...patience
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kenneykoayCommented:

You need a startup disk and Win 98 CD.
Without partitioning:
Go to your CMOS and search for boot option so that the computer boot from you CD-ROM. Save the setting.Restart your computer and follow the instructions.

If you want to partition your hard disk(advisable for hard disk more than 2GB, you need to set the boot option to a:\
Putting your startup disk in the floppy drive, restart your computer. Choose either option 1 or 2, and run fdisk. Follow instructions.

Note: you need to delete existing partition in order to set a new partition. After partitioning, you need to restart (floppy inside the drive) and format all the existing partition by typing format c:/u follow by format d:/u and so on..Finally, take out your startup disk and follow the same step as without partitioning process i.e by installation by CD ROM boot.  

 
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dew_associatesCommented:
Aubrey, do you have that full version of Win98 as well as a Win98 boot floppy?
Dennis
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aubrey58lAuthor Commented:
First of all, I appologize for leaving you guys hanging like that, though it was unavoidable.  I do have the full version of Win98, but must make a boot disk, and this I will do shortly.  Again, please forgive me for the wait.
Thanks,
Aubrey
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aubrey58lAuthor Commented:
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MrbreezeCommented:
Oh now we see, it wasn't a general question but a unasked request for the details of how to do it.
Perhaps the question should have been posted more like this.
I would like to start from scratch and reformat my hard drive and install Win98. Could some one please give me detailed instructions on how to do this.
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aubrey58lAuthor Commented:
Dennis,
Thank you very much for the great help!  And to Mrbreeze, my appologies! am new to this nieghborhood. Guess I'll give it a go.
Have a wonderful evening.
Aubrey
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dew_associatesCommented:
Any time Aubrey!

Mrbreeze, and I quote, "I guess this means I will have to take it down to dos and reconfigure the entire system, but am unsure of the process.  Is this possible for a person without a great deal of this type experience?"

Should I have merely stated, "no, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to do this"
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MrbreezeCommented:
Dennis,
"Mrbreeze, and I quote, "'I guess this means I will have to take it down to dos and reconfigure the entire system, but am unsure of the process.  Is this possible for a person without a great deal of this type experience?'"

Statement-'I guess this means I will have to take it down to dos and reconfigure the entire system, but am unsure of the process
Question-Is this possible for a person without a great deal of this type experience?'

" Should I have merely stated, "no, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to do this

The proper response would have been
"yes, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to do this

                          Mrbreeze
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