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Hi I waS gOINT TO ASK

By Okiknow15 ·
i HAVE TO LAPTOPS THAT ARE VERY OLD AND THEY NEED A;; THE HELP THEY CAN GET MAY YOU PLEASE HELP ME OVER EMAIL AND TELL ME WHAT I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT UNINSTALLING WINDOWS 98 AND THEN REINSTALLING IT AND CAN YOU TELL ME IF YOU CAN USE COMPUTER PARTS ON A LAPTOP OH I FORGOT IF YOU WANTED TO BUT WINDOWS XP WOULD IT HURT IT IF IT WILL I WILL PUT WINTDOWS98 ON

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OK first things first ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Hi I waS gOINT TO ASK

1. Find the 'Caps Lock' key on the keyboard you're typing on, then tap it once. IF YOU TYPE ALL YOUR POSTS IN CAPITAL LETTERS IT IS DIFFICULT TO READ WHEN THE LINES ARE ALL BUNCHED UP TOGETHER AND IN 'NET-SPEAK' IT READS AS IF YOU ARE SHOUTING!!

2. Now that the capitals have been killed off - can you post back with the make and model for each of these laptops.

3. Why are you thinking of uninstalling Win98 just to reinstall Win98 ??

4. If you want to have Windows XP on either of these laptops it VERY MUCH depends on how old they are and what CPU / RAM they have inside them.

Post back with the make and model and what difficulty is making you think about uninstalling Win98.

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They need a WHAT?

by OH Smeg In reply to Hi I waS gOINT TO ASK

But in answer to what I perceive to be other parts of your Question if you have 98 installed and wish to uninstall it to reinstall it you can use a Wiping Utility like Boot & Nuke to zero out the HDD so it appears new and then format up the HDD as you wish and reinstall the OS.

Boot & Nuke is available free from here

http://tinyurl.com/4rfur

As for installing XP provided that you have at least 266 CPU and 64 Meg of RAM you can install XP but it will be SLOW. But it should run as that is the minimum Recommended Specifications of a computer to run XP. While it may run with less M$ can not guarantee that it will work correctly or be stable.

If you are asking will it hurt the NB's by installing XP onto the HDD's the answer is NO it will not if things don't work out and the NB's fail to boot or fail to install XP the Systems will just hang and a Wipe will remove all signs of XP from the system. But if you are using a OEM Copy of XP you need to know that all the required Drivers are unlikely to be present after you install XP so you'll need to track down the required drivers. Generally but not always these will be Video, Sound and Modem Drivers that you will need but depending on who made the NB's others may also be necessary.

As for using Desktop Parts in NB's generally speaking the answer is NO you can not as NB's use smaller parts with better power management to prolong Battery Life. There are things like HDD's, Optical Drives and RAM that simply can not be used inside a NB because they do not fit. But if you want to fit these to external Cases and use them then the Answer is Yes you can use them that way with the exception of the RAM as there is nothing to plug it into.

You need to know that internal Components run at a lower Voltage in a NB to those inside a Desktop Computer so things like HDD's run at 5 V DC not the 12 V DC that the Desktop parts run at. The same also applies to all internal components inside a NB.

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