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« on: February 25, 2008, 08:48:27 PM »

I have had some driver problems as mentioned before in this forum with my windows operating system so have decided a new install is needed. Problem,i can't find my windows 98se disc anywhere so i am thinking of buying a new one,complete with cd,floppy and product key and using this.

Question/s: Would there be any forseable problems with installing a different disc (all-be-it the same system 98se)over the existing one? Will i lose programs already installed on the pc,like my norton ect or would the install be clean and therefore a cracking idea?

Thanks for any input.
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2008, 08:16:43 AM »

The new install should be completely clean, since the registry would be overwritten. I also recommend that you format the harddrive prior to installing the fresh version, so make sure you back everything up, if you possibly can.

And I also recommend ditching Norton completely and use something that actually works, when it comes to protecting your computer, something like AntiVir from http://www.avira.com (they have a free version) and a free firewall, of which there are quite a few available. You could search for them on Google, but I already spotted one for you that's got good documentation to go with it, and it's called Comodo Free Firewall

Norton is just a resource hog that will choke down your computer, making it next to impossible for you to do any other real work on it. Try the other options I mentioned and you'll see a great difference in performance Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2008, 01:07:32 PM »

Ok the pc has been untouched for a while and on booting i got the message 'you must install windows' and then an 'ok' box (just before desktop completes) which when clicked goes nowhere,the thing just stops. So i tried again,this time with the 98se disc (which i eventually found) in the drive but it's the same,the pc boots up just as before ending up back at the message prompt. I thought the re-install of windows with the disc would be pretty straightforward but it seems i could do with some help. Is there a way i can force the pc to boot from the disc on startup,from bios or something. Bit stuck. Thanks.
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