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reformating a dual boot

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by ArleyM, Sep 29, 2003.

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  1. ArleyM

    ArleyM Thread Starter

    Aug 18, 2003
    A friend of mine asked me to reformat her computer. It's an ancient P133 laptop, that has dual booting on it (win 2000 and win 98) I went into 2000 no prob, but when I tried to get into win 98 it puts me in dos, like the os isn't there. When I type ver it tells me it's windows 98 and stuff.

    I can't get back to the bootscreen, I can't restart.

    I don't really know any dos commands, so any help would be awesome. I'm tempted to just try to reformat it from here without making a bootdisk and backing up drivers. I'm going back to win 95 (it's so slow w/ 2000), and not dual booting.

    I dunno what I'm doing anymore. phooey.
  2. Styxx

    Styxx Banned

    Sep 8, 2001
    You'll have to Boot with a Startup Disk to format the partition(s). I'd just format the Win2K partition but if you're going back to Win95 be sure you download the correct drivers from the computer maker's website for the Audio, Video, and modem.

    If you going back to square one, I'd delete both partitions then create one (1) DOS partition using 100% of the drive; format that new partition and reinstall Windows.

    Please see the following printable tutorial in the enclosed attatchment and the tutorial how-to's at PC911

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  3. raybro


    Apr 26, 2003
    If you want to go back to Win95 only, you need to delete the existing partitions and create a new one for Win95 in FAT format.

    Be aware if you do this ALL data on the drive will be lost.

    This can be done in fdisk. If your CD for Win95 is of the early version, it will limit your partition size to 2Gb. Not much in todays world.

    If you have the Win98 CD, I suggest that is the better alternative. If the drive is smaller than 32Gb, you will have no probs using Win98. You can create a new partition in FAT32 and load Win98.
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