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Clearing off 98


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There is no hurry on this. This is one of my New Year's computer resolutions.My HP desktop came installed with Win98SE. Eventually I added PM and dualboot 2K. I rarely use 98 any more and after I clear out some files and make sure that I've archived everything that I want, I'd like to wipe 98 off of the desktop. I know it would be easiest to format and do a clean install of 2K but I'd like to avoid the clean install and the time it takes to load everything back on and get it the way I want it. :thumbsup: Can any one point me to a site that explains how to remove 98? I may be able to do some thru PM by making the partition smaller and smaller and adding extra space to 2K but since PM is on the 98 part, I don't think I can wipe it out while using PM.

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It depends on what version of Partition Magic you have. If you have version 7 or 8, you should be able to install and run it on Windows 2000.Even if you can't, you can still clear the Windows 98 partition and have a working, bootable Win2k.1. Delete FAT32 Windows 98 partition2. Resize Win2K partition to fit space cleared by first operation (optional)3. Set the Win2K partition activeAs long as you have a version newer than Partition Magic 4 (which I'm sure you do :thumbsup:), it will que up these operations, boot to DOS, perform the changes, and when they're done, it should boot to Windows 2000.

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Use the PM rescue disks. You can boot to DOS and delete the FAT32 partition, resize the Windows 2000 partition and then use the Windows 2000 CD to reinstall the bootloader. This is assuming that you are dual booting. I would expect that the NT bootloader is actually residing in the FAT32 partition, hence you will need to prepare for a recovery with Windows 2000 CD.

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Thanks. I printed out the instructions.I'm running PM7and yes I'm dual booting. I did install 2K as a FAT32.I'm not sure what you mean by this

you will need to prepare for a recovery with Windows 2000 CD.
Can you go into a bit more detail. Thanks again.
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Please.You would get much better/precise recommendations if the helpful folks here know exactly where Win98 and Win2k are installed, what type of partitions these are installed on, and how exactly you dual boot these operating systems. That way you don't risk not being able to boot Win2k or lose files after you remove Win98.If you still have your PM7 installer I also suggest installing it on your Win2k if this operating system is located on another partition.

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Here's the specs: PM7infosm.jpgThanks to LilBambi for a parking spot. :thumbsup: And for also teaching us how to post thumbnails! :whistling: I will install PM7 on 2K (I know I had a time getting it to work on ME but I finally located all the updates/patches and it works there).The unallocated space was for linux but I now have an older computer that I will use for trying to learn WinLinux, PhatLinux and Knoppix.I'll first add the unallocated space to 2K.

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That's good.It looks like you can just delete the Win98 partition from within Win2k if you can install PM7 there, then resize the Win2k partition to recover the unllocated space before it. My suggestion is, however, to copy the Win2k partition to the free space (where Win98 used to reside). And if the new partition works fine, to delete the old Win2k partition, resize the new to recover the free space, and rework the mbr/boot file to single boot.

I'll first add the unallocated space to 2K.
Before you resize the Win2k partition (and eat up the free space after it), you can consider creating an extended/ logical (FAT32) partition on this unallocated space to store the files on Win98 you want to save. And you should back up important files on the Win2k, too.
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Thanks for the help. I printed out your suggestions b2cm. I don't have too many files on 98 that aren't somewhere else but I will do a thorough look at them before I wipe 98 off. (I've trained my husband to store all his files off the computer. He used to use a superdisk and floppies but now he is using a USB drive. Then I burn them to CD because it isn't a case of IF the computer crashes it's more a case of WHEN the computer crashes). Since this looks like the easiest of the 3 computer projects, I'll save this one till last. :D

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