Solved How to delete win x p to install 98se

Dell Dell inspiron 13z (i13z-8864slv) in...
February 27, 2013 at 13:18:34
Specs: Windows xp
I would like to know how to delete win xp from my old computer so I can install win. 98 se. So I can use older games for my great grandchildren

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February 27, 2013 at 16:11:40
There are ways to circumvent the 512 Ram barrier for '98SE...

A google search using the string/words

Windows 98SE 512Meg RAM

brings up all manner of info. about it and how to get around the problem...

http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/145...

is just one of many..Suggest you run the same google trawl/search using the string above and you'll be able to read them all and decide...

The 4600 series did have a few issues from what I recall with colleagues at work who had that Dell model. But following on from advice above... I'd be inclined to run a repair installation first - if you have a full version CD (OEM or Retail - whichever came with the system). If you have a recovery system - with/without the cd... then first copy "all" your data (personal "stuff") off the hard-drive to optical media. Verify the copies are OK (can be accessed/read by your system as is and ideally at least one other.

If you have a suitable XP CD (not a recovery disk) then you can run a Repair installation routine - which is "not" done from Recovery Console! More details available if needed... and in the link just below. That will rebuild the OS and replace/repair missing/damaged files; after-which you install the updates afresh. Ensure your XP disk is preferably sp3 if that is what the installation is at present; at the least sp1a or sp2.

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-x...

discusses various repair install options... and useful links therein too...

If no suitable XP disk etc.

Then run a Dell style recovery routine - and I strongly suggest you read the options that path may allow. There was a time when most main players allowed a partial re-install/recovery - didn't trash data etc...; and also a total re-install/recovery (that did trash/lose/wipe "all" your data...). Regardless of which you might opt for (or have to opt for) - as above... - copy all your data off the system first... That way it's safe elsewhere...

Most '98 stuff will run on XP - often without resort to compatibility mode...; but of course not all...

I'd be inclined to stick with XP - even if it means a rebuild of sorts...

Or... you could dual-boot 98 and XP - but you have to be prepared to start afresh and read a little ( a lot...?) on the best way to go about it... Having done many a dual and triple and more boot in the past with just about everything M$ - from dos, win3x, '95, '98, NT, W2K, XP... I can say it can be done relatively easily - but you would need to do a little reading first; some (a lot of) understanding of the what/why etc. - and time...

If you don't have a full version XP disk (preferably retail...) - they are readily available these days on eBay, clearance houses, computer fairs... Also of course the Dell may have the built-in recovery partition and thus no need of a Dell based recovery CD (Dell might provide you with one (a recovery disk set) if approached...)?



#1
February 27, 2013 at 13:32:00
You are NOT going to get Win98 running on that netbook. Best to leave it as is.

Where did you get the idea that netbook has WinXP on it? It comes with Windows 8, which is the newest version of Windows. See the link below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#2
February 27, 2013 at 13:50:49
What is your obsession with Win98? WinXP will play old games just fine but you may have to run them in Win98 compatibility mode. If you don't know how to do that, one of us can explain.

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#3
February 27, 2013 at 13:51:32
I'm sorry it is a Dell Deminsion 4600 desk top. I just wanted a clean format so I could install the other.

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#4
February 27, 2013 at 13:54:07
I don't have an obsession with it that is what I was told when they gave me the games to put in. The win xp that is installed is missing a file and so I wanted to delete it anyway.

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#5
February 27, 2013 at 14:11:28
You've posted several questions regarding problems with Win98 & when we finally got into it, the problems were because you were trying to run it on computers that had too much RAM.

If you have 512MB RAM or more in this Dimension 4600, you will have the exact same problems. You may also have problems finding Win98 compatible drivers because Dell doesn't have any. I suggest you stick with XP & just fix whatever is wrong with it, or do a clean install of XP from scratch.

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers...


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February 27, 2013 at 16:11:40
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There are ways to circumvent the 512 Ram barrier for '98SE...

A google search using the string/words

Windows 98SE 512Meg RAM

brings up all manner of info. about it and how to get around the problem...

http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/145...

is just one of many..Suggest you run the same google trawl/search using the string above and you'll be able to read them all and decide...

The 4600 series did have a few issues from what I recall with colleagues at work who had that Dell model. But following on from advice above... I'd be inclined to run a repair installation first - if you have a full version CD (OEM or Retail - whichever came with the system). If you have a recovery system - with/without the cd... then first copy "all" your data (personal "stuff") off the hard-drive to optical media. Verify the copies are OK (can be accessed/read by your system as is and ideally at least one other.

If you have a suitable XP CD (not a recovery disk) then you can run a Repair installation routine - which is "not" done from Recovery Console! More details available if needed... and in the link just below. That will rebuild the OS and replace/repair missing/damaged files; after-which you install the updates afresh. Ensure your XP disk is preferably sp3 if that is what the installation is at present; at the least sp1a or sp2.

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-x...

discusses various repair install options... and useful links therein too...

If no suitable XP disk etc.

Then run a Dell style recovery routine - and I strongly suggest you read the options that path may allow. There was a time when most main players allowed a partial re-install/recovery - didn't trash data etc...; and also a total re-install/recovery (that did trash/lose/wipe "all" your data...). Regardless of which you might opt for (or have to opt for) - as above... - copy all your data off the system first... That way it's safe elsewhere...

Most '98 stuff will run on XP - often without resort to compatibility mode...; but of course not all...

I'd be inclined to stick with XP - even if it means a rebuild of sorts...

Or... you could dual-boot 98 and XP - but you have to be prepared to start afresh and read a little ( a lot...?) on the best way to go about it... Having done many a dual and triple and more boot in the past with just about everything M$ - from dos, win3x, '95, '98, NT, W2K, XP... I can say it can be done relatively easily - but you would need to do a little reading first; some (a lot of) understanding of the what/why etc. - and time...

If you don't have a full version XP disk (preferably retail...) - they are readily available these days on eBay, clearance houses, computer fairs... Also of course the Dell may have the built-in recovery partition and thus no need of a Dell based recovery CD (Dell might provide you with one (a recovery disk set) if approached...)?


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February 27, 2013 at 17:57:00
Thank you very much!!!!

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