Win XP installed on same partition as Win 98

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May 21, 2010 at 10:27:42
Specs: Windows 98
Windows XP was installed on the same partition as Windows 98. I will not boot either system. Windows 98 was on the C drive first. Then Windows XP was installed. Do I need to reformat to correct or what to do to fix this?

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#1
May 21, 2010 at 10:51:58
Wait for other opinions, but I think you have to start fresh. Repartition/format the drive with Fdisk, create two partitions, install Win98 first on C;, and then XP on the other partition.

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#2
May 21, 2010 at 13:08:11
I guess you could try to find out what the problem is.

Do you care if you loose Win98?

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#3
May 21, 2010 at 14:12:04
You should start fresh by booting the xp cd via the bios and format the drive so its clean during the install.

xp and 98 have the same windows folder so xp would have overwritten 98. Fact you can't boot either tells me there are other problems the boot sector/files.

Odds are, being 98 hardware, the hardware is too old for xp


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#4
May 21, 2010 at 18:18:41
It is an old IBM laptop that I was trying to update to XP. It doesn't matter what system is on it so long as I can get one on there. It keeps searching for System32 files.

You should start fresh by booting the xp cd via the bios and format the drive so its clean during the install.

Do you have a link for this?

Thanks all for the help.


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#5
May 21, 2010 at 19:04:45
If not already, set the machine to boot from the optical drive first. Boot with XP CD.

At the least, format the OS partition (C:) as NTFS then do the XP install.

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#6
May 21, 2010 at 19:33:33
If it's an IBM laptop, it should have a hidden recovery partition with an image that will restore the box to the way it came from the factory. Check the Lenovo/IBM web site. it should have instructions on the recovery procedure for that model. It is usually done with a certain combination of keyboard keys when powering up.

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#7
May 21, 2010 at 21:57:00
Try XP first, if the system cannot support XP, then you can always use the recovery partition to go back to 98.

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#8
May 22, 2010 at 17:13:30
what model IBM & how much ram??

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#9
May 23, 2010 at 12:06:39
I don't have the laptop with me. It is at my mom's but I will check it. Thanks.

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#10
May 23, 2010 at 15:58:51
Ginasj

Just checking, do you understand that you have to go into BIOS to set the CD to boot before the C drive (otherwise it won't even be seen)?

The method for getting into BIOS varies with machines but normally requires pressing or tapping a key while booting. On old machines it was often the DEL key, on others an F key (typically F2).


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#11
May 24, 2010 at 06:49:38
It has a F2 key at it is booting up that will let me select the drive that I want to boot from. I would select the CD drive to boot from instead of the C drive...correct.

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#12
May 24, 2010 at 12:08:01
In BIOS you usually have two options, either temporary or pemanent, where you select the "boot order".

You are correct - you need to boot from the CD first, otherwise it will boot to the first drive it sees, usually either "A for floppy" or "C for HD". If there is no media to boot from it moves onto the next.


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#13
May 24, 2010 at 20:09:59
Thanks for the update.

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