Downgrading from Windows Me

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Old 03-03-03, 09:26 AM
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Downgrading from Windows Me

I bought a computer at a thrift shop that has a 1.6 MHz Pentium processor, 32 Megs of Ram, and a 1.2G hard drive. The CPU case has a Windows 95 sticker on it. The person that previously owned the system upgraded to Windows Me and the system runs very slowly. Is there a way to uninstall the Me Version and get back to 95? I have a CD of Win 95 that came with an old computer. Could I load it and then uninstall Win Me? What would be the best (and easiest) way to solve my dilemna?
 
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Old 03-03-03, 10:56 AM
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I don't remember if WinME has an uninstall - or revert - back to previous OS or not. I don't think it does, and on that computer, there's not enough room to save the old OS anyway, so that's probably out of the question.

Your best bet to revert back to Win95 is to just format the disk and install Win95 fresh. Being a new computer (for you anyway) you probably don't have much on it yet. If so, just backup whatever you want to keep and start your reinstallation of Win95.

Good luck!
 
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Old 03-03-03, 11:05 AM
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Sounds like a reasonable plan as I have not created any files on the new computer and have a Windows 95 operating system CD and an Office 2000 CD. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to reformat the hard drive or load the new system after I do. Is that a simple procedure, and how do I go about it?
 
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Yeah, it's a fairly simple procedure. First make sure you have a Win95 startup disk (if I'm not mistaken Win98 startup disk work too, but it's been a while.) Make sure it has your CD drivers on it, you will need those to install Win95. There's a link in one of the last few post to a site that has startup disk. Check it out.

Once you have your startup disk, restart with it. Start with CD support. Make sure the CD drivers load (just watch the screen carefully, it will tell you which drive letter the CD has been assigned.) Once you get an A: prompt, you are ready to format. Type "format c: /s" of course, no quotes. Hit enter, confirm the format, etc. It will ask for a volume name, just put something like Windows or Windows 95, etc. Once that's done, you can pop in your install CD and begin installation (here is where it's important to know which drive letter was assigned to the CD.)

Good luck! and let us know if you have any questions.
 
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