Installing Windows 98 over Windows 2000


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Old 05-31-03, 08:43 PM
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Installing Windows 98 over Windows 2000

I thought I would ask if anyone has ever done this.
I have to soon but never have tried it before.

I assume I will not be able to simply put the disk in and install.
I am wondering if there is a way to simply do that or will it require
fdisking and formatting?

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Michael
 
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Old 05-31-03, 11:52 PM
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what file system is the win2k using?
Also, you could multi-boot using both os's.
 
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Old 06-01-03, 08:35 AM
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I don't know what file system they are using.
It is a customer. They want to replace the win2000 with win98.

I haven't looked at the system yet.
I was just asking for ideas, heads up of problem areas, since I have never de-graded from 2000 to 98.

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Michael
 
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Old 06-01-03, 08:41 AM
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Window2000 is NTSF and Window98 is fat32. You definately would have to fdisk and reformat, but, why do you want to go back to Win98??????
 
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Old 06-01-03, 08:49 AM
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I dont. The customer does. Why do customers do what they do?
 
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Old 06-01-03, 07:56 PM
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win2k can be either type file system. If it has been formatted with ntfs, then yes, you will definitly have to fdisk or something. I understand that you can use the win2k conversion tool to revert back to fat32 as well as changing fat32 to ntfs.I have never tried that. Partition magic will also convert back to fat32.Here's a thread about changing from ntfs to fat32:
http://forum.doityourself.com/showth...=cant+reformat
 
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Old 06-02-03, 10:35 AM
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My experience is that you can convert fat32 to ntfs, but cannot convert ntfs to fat32. I've never experienced a Windows2000 machine with fat32???
 
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Old 06-02-03, 03:33 PM
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Tae is right, Win2k can be either FAT or NTFS, as well as WinXP (I know, I have WinXP on a FAT drive - for compatibility reasons.) Partition Magic can convert the NTFS to FAT, if that's what you really want to do. If I were you, I would talk the customer into upgrading to WinXP Home instead. Not only do you get to do the work, you get to sell the software too, and they have a much better OS, that's not outdated. But, that's just me.

Good luck!

BTW, it doesn't really matter, you'll have to format anyway, since Win2k is not going to let you "degrade" to Win98 - another selling point for WinXP.


Just remember: the customer is always right - but that doesn't mean they can't change their mind
 
 

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