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Going from XP to 98SE

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by maswad, Sep 13, 2004.

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  1. maswad

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    A friend of mine want me to change his system from windows xp to windows 98se
    is there an easy way to do this or do i have to format completely
     
  2. pinntech

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    If the system was not UPGRADED from 98SE to Windows XP, then you will have to format and reload it. This also applies if the file system is NTFS.

    One thing you might consider, is if the system is a NEW one that came with Windows XP, you might have trouble finding the drivers for Windows 98SE.
     
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    I have to ask, why would he want to do this? :confused:
     
  5. maswad

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    Know Idea but he just called me and said he want me to switch him back to 98se?
     
  6. Maritimesea

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    Could be his machine lacks the horsepower for winXp.
     
  7. maswad

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    I checked with him and he tell me it is due to fact a lot of his programs will just not run on xp so want to go back to 98se
     
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    maswad,
    best thing your buddy could do IMHO.

    win98se is better than sliced bread and unless in a work environment XP is a pile of junk.

    you'll also find it runs faster !
     
  10. JohnWill

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    Everybody's entitled to their opinion. :rolleyes:
     
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    johnwill:
    "I have to ask, why would he want to do this?"


    Surely there is no reason why a machine that runs Win98se
    quite happily,
    wouldn't run WinXP even better ?

    or at least equally well.

    I am told everything about XP is better.
    I am told it even runs faster.

    :) :) :) :)
     
  12. Bob Cerelli

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    You don't need to format to get the benefits of a clean install. If you did, any important data would be lost.

    1. Boot to a DOS floppy that can access your XP CD.
    2. Rename the current \windows and \progra~1 (program files from DOS) directories.
    3. Copy the XP source code to a directory on the hard drive (this isn't totally necessary for the install but make things easier in the future).
    4. Install from that directory (or CD if you didn't have room).

    Then if you needed any files on the computer they will still be there.

    But do make sure that all your applications and hardware are supported under XP. Just because it ran well or they way you liked with Win98 is no guarantee.

    Also the hardware requirements of XP are more than Win98 to get decent performance. I like to see around 1 GHz processor with at least 384 megs of memory. It can run on less but it doesn't do as well as Win98 then on the same computer.
     
  13. pinntech

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    Hi Bob Cerelli...

    Uh, that will reinstall XP for him. He wants to uninstall XP and get 98SE back.
     
  14. Bob Cerelli

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    So much for my reading ability ;-)

    If you have FAT32, you can do the same steps with the directory renaming but just install Win98 instead. Little bit more difficult with NTFS.
     
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