How do I do a factory reset ?

May 29, 2017 at 19:34:31
Specs: Windows 98
I have an old 1998 HP Hewlett Packard Pavilion that came with Windows 98. It now has Windows XP and I would like to factory reset it back to the Windows 98 for some floppy disk I have recently bought.

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#1
May 29, 2017 at 20:38:30
There's no reason floppies won't work on XP. If you've changed the file-system from Win98's native FAT32 to XP's native NTFS, then you'll need to FDISK and reformat the drive (i.e.---back up everything you'll think you need first---FDISKing and reformatting will wipe the drive)

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#2
May 30, 2017 at 00:22:01
Can you be a little more specific?
Also the floppies will act like they are about to work but then close out. If I try running the ones that are not working again it says they do not run on XP.

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#3
May 30, 2017 at 04:10:42
Are you having trouble with a floppy drive? Or is it a specific program (on floppy disk) that you're having trouble with? Your original post is not clear...

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#4
May 30, 2017 at 13:20:15
"for some floppy disk I have recently bought"

Who buys anything on floppy disks anymore?

"the floppies will act like they are about to work but then close out"

What does that mean? If you insert the floppy disk in the drive & then go to My Computer, what happens when you double click on "3 1/2 Floppy (A:)"? Will it open it & display the list of files on the disk? If so, it's working as it should. If you double click on one of the files & then it "closes out", the files probably aren't compatible with XP. What exactly is on these floppies?


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#5
May 30, 2017 at 21:19:44
Yeah, you should be able to at least read the disks even if they won't run on XP.

There is no factory reset that will revert xp back to 98. However, if xp was installed as an upgrade (rather than a clean install) and you kept 98 as a backup you can go back to 98:

http://www.wikihow.com/Uninstall-Wi...

If not, that computer would have come with restore CDs you can use to reinstall 98 or you can use a generic 98 installation cd and install it that way.


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#6
May 31, 2017 at 02:37:44
"Who buys anything on floppy disks anymore?"

Agreed, and if these were installation disks that were bought used (or even new-old-stock), then it's likely they are unreadable at this point unless they were stored in pristine conditions. I personally have enough floppies to start my own black-hole, but wouldn't consider being able to trust reading any old data from them...

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#7
May 31, 2017 at 23:49:25
Yes they the problem is they are not compatible with XP. The floppies are good and yes they were kept sealed. On that is it possible to buy windows 98 from someone?

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#8
June 1, 2017 at 00:16:47
Check ebay first. Or there's probably a download site for a windows 98 iso (cd image file). You'll need a product key that is entered during the installation process. Your computer probably came with 98 preinstalled and had a 98 COA sticker on it with a product key you can use.

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#9
June 1, 2017 at 01:34:56
"...is it possible to buy windows 98 from someone?

If you don't mind the sticker-shock:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-lis...

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#10
June 1, 2017 at 08:12:36
I have an old XP that runs floppies fine (FAT 32). In fact I've never had all that much trouble with floppies despite folks on here since 1990 saying they are unreliable. At times I've poked in an old floppy and they've worked fine. Sure, I've had the odd one fail, also the odd floppy drive has gone wonky. I've had more trouble over the years with rewriteable CDs than floppies or even flash drives.

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