TechSpot

Replacing Win XP pro with Win98se

By patcurley28
May 29, 2005
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. I,ve recently had a computer given to me that is using Win xp pro OS. the ram on the machine is to small, 128mb, to run XP. How do I remove XP and install win98se from a CD that I have. Any help apreciated, best wishes Papa C :bounce: I have never come across anyone wanting to downgrade before ;)
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Two solutions:
    1) Buy more RAM
    2) Get a W98 bootfloppy (e.g. www.bootdisk.com). Boot that PC from it (with the option for CD-support) and run the FDISK program on that floppy to delete the partition, then make a new partition, and set it 'active' (all in FDISK).
    Then format that HD in FAT32, using the FORMAT program on that floppy.
    Finally, install W98.
  3. patcurley28

    patcurley28 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Windows XP/ Windows 98

    Hi there realblackstuff
    Many thanks for the info I shall get cracking straight away, best wishes to you and all in the "fair city" cheers :grinthumb
    Papa C
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Don't forget to backup anything you need, and check the hardware that's on it, so you know what (W98) drivers you may need to download.
  5. patcurley28

    patcurley28 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Win98/WinXP

    Try as I may I cannot get the W98 floppy to boot up in WinXP so I am no farther on. I've tried to boot up from the DOS prompt with out any luck. I'm just out of ideas. I must be doing something wrong, but what, I feel that to get XP off I've got to reformat the hard drive, partition the drive, and set up fat32. Then loading win 98 should be a matter of following a sequence of auto events. Help please Papa C :knock:
  6. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 1,267

    Type fdisk at the Dos prompt. There you can delete all partitions and create new one(s). Then Format them as fat32 as RBS said. Then you can install Win 98.
  7. Centurio

    Centurio TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Sounds to me like you were trying to run your boot floppy from the DOS box within Windows.

    This won't work. Better just insert your boot floppy into the floppy drive and reboot. Et voila!

    Regards, Martin A
  8. Smurf

    Smurf TS Rookie

    Make sure your BIOS is set to boot from a floppy drive too otherwise it'll ignore your boot disk and go straight to your hard drive.
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...


Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.