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By Camo ·
I bought a second hand Compaq notbook Presario 1400 with XP pro.I want to change to Window 98 se

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by TheChas In reply to XP to 98

I believe that per the EULA, you can downgrade the OS to a previous version.

To do that, you will need to:

Remove all partitions from the hard drive.

Re-partition, and format the drive as a FAT32 volume.

Copy the system files over to hard drive, and make the hard drive boot-able with CD-ROM support.
(format C: /S)
You will need to copy and edit the autoexec.bat and config.sys files from the W98 startup disk.

The above can be done with a W98 startup disk.

You use fdisk to remove and re-define partitions.
There are links to tutorials at www.fdisk.com/fdisk

You need a copy of W98, and a W98 startup floppy.

I personally, would set up the drive with at least 1 extra partition.
That way, you can copy the W98 CD to theextra drive, boot from the formatted hard drive, and install Windows from the hard drive.

I use a hot-swap bay, and a 2.5" to 3.5" drive adapter kit to set up drives in my main system.
I also create a folder named drivers, and copy the installation files for every hardware device on the system into appropriately named sub-folders.

My only concern, would be finding W98 drivers for all the hardware.
Your laptop is 4 years newer than the W98 reference drivers, so they likely will not function properly.
See if Compaq (www.hp.com) offers W98 drivers for your laptop.

Chas

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by Camo In reply to XP to 98

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by Camo In reply to XP to 98

Thanx,I've done as you explained and I fond the drivers in Hp site I'll start downloading .

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