help please i wanna uninstall windows 95 so that i can install windows 98

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PLease Help!!! I am going crazy trying to uninstall or delete Win 95 so that I can download a full version of Win 98. I have had this full version installed on my puter but it wouldn't allow me to again after i reformatted my hard drive : ( i kept on getting "your computer already has an operating system installed, which cannot be upgraded by this version of setup. You need to obtain the Windows 98 upgrade"   well i did !!! I went out and spent over 100 bucks again!! I bought Windows 98 SE which  I am told that that is the upgrade and i'm getting the same message!! Thankyou in advance
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This site may be quite helpful - http://www.windowsreinstall.com/siteindex.htm
I seem to remember something about renaming win.com and a full will install okay.
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Yes, Slink9 is correct.  A full OEM version can often be used to upgrade if you rename the file Win.com in the Windows folder to something like Win.bak or Win.old.  You might also need to rename winver.exe to winver.bak or winver.old.  And once the install starts taking place, pay attention to the folder it wants to install Win98 in.  It will probably want to do it to Windows.000 and you need to change that to your regular Windows folder before you continue.

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Thankyou slink9 and LeeTutor for your responses. I'm sorry I failed to tell you that I am very new to computers; therefore, would it be possible to get step by step info on what I should do please?? such as how do i rename the file
Win.com and where do i find that file or anything else that you seasoned professional angels could help me with to solve this problem pleaseeee Thankyou once again  :)
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LeeTutorretired
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Here's how I'd do it: click on the Start button, move your mouse up to Programs on the Start Menu that pops up, go to the entry labelled Windows Explorer and click on that. Now, in the Windows Explorer window, click in the left pane on the folder named Windows, to show all the contents of the Windows folder in the right pane of the window.  Scroll down until you find the file named Win.com. Right click on the name, select Rename from the Context Menu that scrolls out. You will see a rectangular box that surrounds the name Win.com with your cursor placed in it. Type Win.bak and hit the Enter key.  This renames Win.com to Win.bak.  Do a similar action for Winver.exe.

Now, find your CDROM drive on the left pane of the Explorer window (it is probably called D:). After you've put the Windows 98 install CD in the drive, you need to click on the icon for that in the left pane of Windows Explorer.  This should show you the contents of the CD-ROM in the right pane of the window.  Find the file name Setup (or Setup.exe, if the view options on Windows Explorer have been set to show the file extensions, like ".exe"), and double click on it.  This starts Windows setup, to install Windows 98.  Pay attention to the instructions in the various Setup windows that show as the install progresses, and be sure to change Windows.000 to Windows.

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That would be why I posted the link.  Under W there are about five Step By Step guides for installing 98.

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Hi angel4144
This question is still open and needs to be closed. If any of the comments above helped you, please accept it as an answer. If not please send an update about your issue so that the question can be finalised. Thank you

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I answered that one.
LeeTutorretired
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I think slink9 and I should split the points.  I gave valuable extra info about possibly having to rename winver.exe and about changing the Windows.000 folder to Windows.  Slink9's link has a lot of useful pages, but none that I could find that specifically addressed this type of install: using a full Win98 CD instead of an upgrade CD to upgrade Win95 to Win98. If slink9 can point out to me a page where this process is addressed, then I would say definitely award fully to him...

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