Help Needed On Downgrading From XP to W98

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jeffbehr

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I've recently puchased a new laptop and want to downgrade my old desktop from XP to Win98se. I upgraded it a few years ago and now want to go back to 98 for some games that run best on 98. I do have the original 3.5 floppy and CD with product key. I have tried to fdisk from dos but that doesn't seem to work. Any help would be appreciated.
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It shouldn't be necessary to downgrade from XP to 98SE to run games that are more capable with 98SE.

Right-click the shortcut icon for the game, then click Properties - Compatibility(tab). You can then set it for the version mode that you want to run the game in.

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Downgrading from XP to 98SE is more difficult and time-consuming than upgrading from 98SE to XP.

You're going to need a fully-bootable startup floppy disk that contains the FDISK.EXE and FORMAT.COM and generic CDROM driver files, and you're going to need a full version 98SE CD - unless you also have a 95 CD.

Finding and installing hardware drivers is going to be more difficult, and finding peripherals that work with 98SE is going to be more difficult.

Personally, I think you're giving up a lot of good use of that desktop by downgrading to 98SE.

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Boot from the XP install disc and delete the NTFS partition . . then turn the pc off and boot fromthe win 98 cd and create a FAT partition to install on

Opps . . Evandil beat me to it and he has some good points
 

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You're likely to have serious problems finding Windows 98 drivers for new hardware. Some manufacturers aren't even supporting Windows 2000 or XP.
 
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