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« on: August 23, 2004, 08:02:22 PM »

Operating System Version: XP Pro sp2
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I am trying to do a clean install and once I get to the windows setup it stops after 5 mins & error message saying possible hardware or software updating issues and I think that xp maybe to much for this computer. I would like to try and install  Win 98  now but I can not get past the xp installation to make a Raw partition so I can start over. I'm not exactly sure where to go from here, I was hoping there is a boot disk or reformat style program that may help.


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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2004, 03:57:00 PM »

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The XP partition is NTFS and can only be deleted with the delete option in fdisk (menu option 3, option 4). Check (The FDISK Delete Screen) for an example. Follow the advice there as well.
Then without rebooting, make a primary partition, exit Fdisk, reboot with the startup floppy and format that partition first with format c: /s (the /s option writes the system files to the harddrive, making it bootable).

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