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« on: August 23, 2004, 08:02:22 PM »

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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 »

Follow my help on http://mytechsupport.ca/support/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=42&topic=4752#15814

The XP partition is NTFS and can only be deleted with the delete option in fdisk (menu option 3, option 4). Check http://fdisk.radified.com/fdisk_partition.htm (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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