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win98se accidental dual install. Can I delete one?

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by desca42, Jan 28, 2006.

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  1. desca42

    desca42 Thread Starter

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    Hi, folks. I run win98se on an old computer with a p166. Recently I noticed that I was getting a lot of blue screens, and it would hang on shutdown. After trying several things, I decided to do a "repair install", however, I messed up along the way and now I have the original windows.000, and the new directory; windows.001. I figured what the heck, so I configured the new one (windows.001) with all my personal settings and now it seems to run fine. My question is this: Can I now delete windows.000 without doing any harm?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. ceri sheeran

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    Hi,

    I would advise a clean install. to C: partition

    Back up all critical data, documents, music, photographs etc.

    Ensure you have all drivers for Sound Modem Video Network Card and anything else.

    Create a Win98 SE boot disk from http:://www.bootdisk.com. Run the image file to create the bootable floppy disk.

    Test it to ensure CD access.

    Boot from created floppy disk. You may need to alter boot equence in BIOS to do this.

    Insert CD and then CD x to CD ROM drive ( x is drive letter for CD drive )

    Type SETUP and follow wizard.

    If you have a second partition you don't need. Use FDISK before you iinstall to delete and then create the necessary or required number of partitions.

    hth

    Ceri
     
  3. desca42

    desca42 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the quick reply ceri! I was hoping I could get away with not doing a clean install, but (sigh), such is life. I appreciate your help.
     
  4. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    The correct folder name for the Windows folder should be WINDOWS and not WINDOWS.000 or WINDOWS.001 and soforth.

    Whenever you reinstall Windows over itself or do an upgrade, it'll sometimes bring up WINDOWS.###(with a 3-digit file extension) to install it in. You need to remove this file extension so it says WINDOWS before you continue on.

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    Is your Windows 98SE CD a "full" version or an "upgrade" version? If it's an "upgrade" version, you'll also need a Windows 98 or Windows 95 CD.

    After you format the hard drive with a fully-bootable startup floppy disk and then start to do a fresh install of Windows 98SE with an "upgrade" CD, you'll be asked to insert a CD with a previous operating system before you can continue on. If you don't have a Windows 98 or Windows 95 CD to do this, you won't be able to continue.

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