Deleting and reinstalling win 98 os

By BusBandit ยท 6 replies
Sep 6, 2003
  1. I've been told that I need to reinstall win 98 os to fix problems and must make sure that all of the previous os is deleted first. I don't have a clue how to do this. Can anyone help?
  2. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    You need a partrition tool such as Maxtor's MaxBlast (for whatever hard drive, doesn't have to be Maxtor).

    I uploaded it, I use it myself. Best of luck.

    Oh yeah, download the files and extract them to a clean floppy disc.
  3. MattG

    MattG TS Rookie Posts: 140

    good ol Format will do it too :) If your unfamiliar with that command.

    format <drive letter> /s - switch /s for system file transfer..isnt neccesary, but can be helpful.

    format c: /s

    that will clean the entire drive off. everything will be gone.

    then reinstall 98
  4. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    What are these problems? Odds are they can be fixed without a format unless you are having general stability problems as well(aside from the normal 9x ones of course)

    BTW, Welcome to Techspot
  5. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    MaxBlast is way easier than "good ol Format" lol. It's a GUI and its user friendly.
  6. mwcomp

    mwcomp TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Personally, I would try installing Win98 straight over the top of your existing installation and then get on the internet and download all of the updates from Microsoft and install them. Not knowing exactly what your problem is, this may fix it. Also, doing it this way avoids the necessity of reinstalling all your other applications; anti-virus, office, myob, whatever, whatever.....

    Additionally, this method will keep all your existing application settings, saving possibly days of work.

    Now, if this method doesn't cure the problem, then and only then would I consider a complete clean install.
  7. filthy_mcnasty

    filthy_mcnasty TS Rookie Posts: 78

    this isn't really true. an over the top installation will overwrite the registry and thus you LOSE any settings that are saved there (which is where microsoft wants all programs to put their settings, the old ini method is depricated). you wont necessarily have to reinstall everything because maybe the author of the program prepared for such an instance where the settings are gone and sometimes you dont even need it but if you do something like this PLAN on having to reinstall software, even if you wind up not having to.
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