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I want to format my hard drive which now runs Windows 98 and then reload Windows 95. Please provide me with step by step instructions.
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I have done these things many times over.  One of my favorite ways (not the only way) is to make a boot floppy (Windows 98, Windows 95 boot floppy is ok).  You can make a boot floppy or use a boot floppy/startup disk that came with one of those operating systems.  They key is that you want to be able to boot with it and get to a DOS prompt.

Copy fdisk.exe from the same operating system that the boot disk is made from.  Also copy format.exe onto it.  Then boot with the floppy and goto the DOS prompt and type  

format c:

This will erase everything on C (assuming your Windows 98 was installed on C).  You will also need to reformat other drives if you had programs on them you want erased.

Once the drives are reformatted, you should be able to proceed with a normal Windows 95 installation.  It would be nice to make sure you have a later copy of Windows 95 (such as 95b).

Jim
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A very straight forward reply explaining in plain English what I need to do. Thankyou very much Jmccp
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