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    98 Vs XP
    « on: December 14, 2006, 11:31:57 AM »
    hello all
    this is my first post and i know it would be nicer to start with something else but i have this problem which making me stressed out so i have 2 operating system in my computer 98 and xp i was orgnizing some file and accidently removed some system file of the 98 and now i think i should uninstall it but i dont know how to do that and keeping the xp working
    well the system is partitioned but ive been told that if i just delete the whole 98 files it will still take a space of memory is that right?!

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    Re: 98 Vs XP
    « Reply #1 on: December 14, 2006, 11:41:12 AM »
    Welcome to Computerhope, lavender.
    A bit of punctuation and a few capital letters wouldn't go amiss here, your post is a little hard to understand.
    As I see it, you have both 98 and XP installed, and 98 no longer works because you deleted a system file?
    And now you want to get rid of 98?
    That makes sense to me.
    If this is correct, just reformat the 98 partition to remove Windows 98 and recover all the space it was using.
    However, this will remove everything on that partition, so don't reformat if there's any data on there that you need.

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    Re: 98 Vs XP
    « Reply #2 on: December 14, 2006, 12:51:05 PM »
    And you could also remove the partitions,format the whole drive and reinstall XP as the only operating system. Is this XP Home or Pro?

    You do have a bright and shiney XP CD that says Microsoft all over it?

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    Re: 98 Vs XP
    « Reply #3 on: December 14, 2006, 01:45:36 PM »
    In addition to what Calum said, you may need to edit the BOOT.INI file so that you no longer see a screen showing two Operating Systems during startup.  Here's some info on that:
     
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      Re: 98 Vs XP
      « Reply #4 on: December 14, 2006, 02:39:36 PM »
      Make sure they are not on the same partition first ;) (That is possible)

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      Re: 98 Vs XP
      « Reply #5 on: December 14, 2006, 05:20:44 PM »
      If your operating systems are on separate partitions, deleting the files on the 98 partition will just leave a big empty partition. It's like having a house with 3 bedrooms. Just emptying all the furniture out of one of the bedrooms won't make any of the others bigger, it will just leave you with a big empty room you aren't using.

      If you have Partition Magic or a Linux boot CD with QTPartEd or some other partition rearranging software, you could pretty readily delete the 98 partition and resize the XP partition to use that space. This is like having a contractor come in, tear down the wall between the bedrooms and remodel, leaving you with one big master suite.

      Other things to be sure you consider: are there any data or application files on the 98 partition you still need? If so, it would be much simpler (I think) to leave that partition alone and (as has been suggested) edit your boot.ini file to remove the option to boot to 98.

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        Re: 98 Vs XP
        « Reply #6 on: December 14, 2006, 08:09:00 PM »
        That's wrong. If you delete the files in the Windows 98 partition you can still use it for data storage for XP. It's like clearing out a room and then putting something else in it... the space is not "wasted" (unless you choose not to use it..) ::)

        In my opinion attempting to resize partitions would be more trouble than it's worth.

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        Re: 98 Vs XP
        « Reply #7 on: December 15, 2006, 09:17:50 AM »
        I'm sorry, I didn't mean to suggest that the empty partition couldn't be used for something.

        I simply said that if you deleted all the files on it, then it would be like an empty room you weren't using. Of course it would still be there and you would be able to use that space for something, like data. The original poster had said "ive been told that if i just delete the whole 98 files it will still take a space of memory is that right?!" and I was trying to address that part of the question and give an alternative for reclaiming that "space of memory."
        « Last Edit: December 15, 2006, 09:36:58 AM by KneadToKnow »

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          Re: 98 Vs XP
          « Reply #8 on: December 15, 2006, 11:39:31 AM »
          Thanks all
          just one more thing, if i format the drive do i have to have the original CD for windows or what?

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          Re: 98 Vs XP
          « Reply #9 on: December 15, 2006, 05:01:43 PM »
          You could do a repair install of Win98 which hasn't been suggested yet...

          If this is an option let us know...
             
           
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          Re: 98 Vs XP
          « Reply #10 on: December 15, 2006, 06:05:27 PM »
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          And you could also remove the partitions,format the whole drive and reinstall XP as the only operating system. Is this XP Home or Pro?

          [highlight]You do have a bright and shiney XP CD that says Microsoft all over it?[/highlight]

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            Re: 98 Vs XP
            « Reply #11 on: December 16, 2006, 06:01:40 AM »
            As far as I know, you can boot up into XP, look at the partition in My Computer, right click it and click format to wipe the drive, if you just want to remove all the data. I've not had much experiance with dual boot computers before, so perhaps one of the others would like to comment on my suggestion?

            If you want to reinstall Windows 98 you are going to need its disk. You should also have your XP disk handy in case things go wrong.

            Something to consider: you could just delete the files from the 98 partition and use it as data storage without formatting?

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            Re: 98 Vs XP
            « Reply #12 on: December 16, 2006, 07:28:26 AM »
            You need to decide some basics...
            Do you still want 98 on here?
            Or just XP.

            If it is the latter then an entire wipe and cleani install of XP is the way to go...
               
             
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              Re: 98 Vs XP
              « Reply #13 on: December 16, 2006, 02:54:56 PM »
              hmmm ...i just deleted the whole files and i got an empty drive but the 98 still running  :-?

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              Re: 98 Vs XP
              « Reply #14 on: December 16, 2006, 03:00:42 PM »
              I now have no idea of where your system is at...
                 
               
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