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After installing Win2000, how do i uninstall the Win2000 and re-install Win98?

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by:jhance
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Did you do a dual-boot install or did you replace your WIN98 with Win2000?

If you did a dual boot, you can just boot your WIN98 BOOT diskette (or make a recovery diskette if you don't have that) and then run FDISK /MBR from the prompt.  Then you can delete the WINNT folder where W2K was installed.

If you did a replace or upgrade of your Win98 to W2K you need to start over with a new Win98 installation.  Boot you original Win98 boot diskette or CDROM, FDISK to delete you partition and then FORMAT it.  Then run the Win98 installer.
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>>FDISK to delete you partition and then FORMAT

Sorry, FDISK to delete your old partition, then CREATE a NEW ONE, and then FORMAT.

I left out that important step...
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by:frazell
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I recommend you use Partition Magic to convert your NTFS partition (Win2000 if you converted it) to Fat32. Then use a Win98 Startup disk n use the format caommand syntax below. Reason being FDISK has a 2GB limit on new parttions so if you have a large drive it is worthless.

Format command syntax:

A:\ (The drive letter of the Windows Startup Floppy or the Win98 folder of the Win98 CD, if you boot from CD.)
c: the drive letter to format, in this case it should be drive C as thats where windows 98 must be installed.

A:\> format c:

The reason i recommended Partition Magic is it allows u to get rid of 2000 with ease, and without the limitations of FDISK. The partion manger in 2000 MAY be the same as I have never used it. And try the demo of Partition Magic it MAY do the job (i never used a demo) but its worth every penny for doing partitions.
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