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Help in replacing Windows 98

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by 2bz4fun, Jan 23, 2007.

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  1. 2bz4fun

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    My friend has an old computer with Windows 98 on it. I have a newer computer that I have replaced Windows 2000 with Windows XP. I would like to give install my original Windows 2000 on their computer. I don't know if we can simply use my original Win 2K disk and if it will overwrite their Windows 98. How can I do this?

    We all live in Mexico in a small village, so we can't simply run down to a knowledgeable computer and have someone "technical" do it for us. Thanks for your help.
     
  2. blues_harp28

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    Hi it can be done..but it's illegal.
    Your Windows 2000 installation should only be run on your system.
     
  3. Bob Cerelli

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    Guess I'm not enough of a lawyer and don't know what type of Windows2000 you have. For example, is it a OEM version of just a plain old version of Windows2000.

    But from a technical standpoint, as long as you have all the necessary drivers, yes you can format and then install Windows2000 on the other computer.
     
  4. Rockguy

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    As far as legality goes he did purchase XP for his other computer so his copy of 2000 would still be on only one computer. I doubt Microsoft really cares about such an old operating system anyway.

    You could try installing it over the top of windows 98 and see how it performs. If you have problems then, you might want to format the hard drive and install it again. Good luck and go for it.
     
  5. 2bz4fun

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    Thank you so much for your quick answers. As I'm wanting to give my friend Win 2K for his computer (it will only be installed on ONE computer) to replace his very old Win 98 OS, I just didn't know if I could install it OVER the Win 98 without doing any damage or if his hard disk has to be reformatted.

    I don't even know if it would be better to install the Win 2K or simply leave his Win 98 on the computer. I guess my old Win 2K is an OEM disk as it came installed (with the CD in the box) on my Dell Dimension computer. My friend's computer I believe is an old Compaq.

    I think we will try to install it. Thanks again for your help. Your forum is really great and all the contributors are so helpful.
     
  6. Bob Cerelli

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    Now that we know it is an OEM CD, it may not install on a computer other than a Dell. It is not uncommon for their software to check to see if it is being installed on one of their computers or not.

    On the other hand, if it is a very old computer, you may not gain much by having Windows2000 on it.
     
  7. 2bz4fun

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    Thanks for your suggestion about maybe we should just continue to use Win 98, because it is an old computer. I think he only wants it to check email and at the present time can't afford a new computer. So, I don't think we'll try the Dell CD for Win 2K.

    Case closed. Thanks so much for your help.
     
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