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how to remove win2000

By T Mike ·
Have a little laptop,has/had win98...we decided to 'add' win2000...did ok & took up too much space...easy and kept my programs.
Last nite we,(my also novice gal and I),decided to do the 'complete'install of win2000,hoping it would erase all previous and leave me eith just win2000...ok quit laughing and help me get this straightened out..!
Personally at this point I would be glad to loose both win2000...at startup I can choose between win2000...which only opens in a safemode type small screen-or-win2000 which I suppose was the first one we did,but it will not start...ok-
How do I loose all this extra data and get back to 1 OS....we have a win2000 pro disk,(ours),but not win98

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by hinrgman In reply to how to remove win2000

need more info
is this w2k disk an upgrade disk?
some info re little laptop etc....

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by T Mike In reply to how to remove win2000

w2k disk offered to upgrade exisiting windows...&/or clean install.
1st round we did was upgrade....2nd was clean.
Laptop is a tecra 510cdt I got off a little eBay shop..guy has lots of great feed back & some better units..I just wanted this fora 'starter';it started right up with w98 installed,but no disk included with this sale.

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by dmiles In reply to how to remove win2000

Windows 2000 on the same partition as Windows 95/98
1. Boot to Windows 95/98 [with win9x boot disk]
2. Type sys c: in MS-DOS prompt
3. remove boot.ini, bootsect.dos, ntldr, ntdetect.com and ntbootdd.sys (if exists) from c
4. delete pagefile.sys (usually on c:)
5. delete hiberfil.sys (if exists)
6. Delete winnt directory (the directory you installed Windows 2000)
7. Delete Documents and Settings directory


[A] Windows 2000 on the different FAT or FAT32 partition as Windows 95/98
1. Boot to Windows 95/98 [with win9x boot disk]
2. Type sys c: in MS-DOS prompt
3. remove boot.ini, bootsect.dos, ntldr, ntdetect.com and ntbootdd.sys (if exists) from c
4. delete pagefile.sys (usually on c:)
5. delete hiberfil.sys (ifexists)
6. Delete winnt directory (the directory you installed Windows 2000)
7. Delete Documents and Settings directory
8. delete Program Files directory
9. delete temp directory


Windows 2000 on the different FAT or FAT32 partitionas Windows 95/98
1. Boot to Windows 95/98 [with win9x boot disk]
2. Type sys c: in MS-DOS prompt
3. remove boot.ini, bootsect.dos, ntldr, ntdetect.com and ntbootdd.sys (if exists) from c
4. delete pagefile.sys (usually on c:)
5. format Windows 2000 partition
* Make sure you copy all data files you need to different partition

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by T Mike In reply to how to remove win2000

how do I tell which of the above options is correct for this situation...I believe I saw something that made me think it has a 'partition' for this...but we did both ...and this unit did not come with a w98 disk

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by TheChas In reply to how to remove win2000

1. Boot up in the environment that works best.

2. Back up your users files and settings.

3. Shut down, and boot up with a W98 Startup floppy.

4. Run Fdisk and delete ALL logical drives and partitions.

5. Boot from the Windows 2000 Cd andinstall Windows.

If you cannot boot from the CD, boot from the W98 startup disk, and browse to the CD and run setup.

Chas

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by T Mike In reply to how to remove win2000

Great....can you tell me,
Will running that Fdisk will give me the option to "delete ALL logical drives and Partions"?
At this point I have no reason to keep anything...so....
1-have W98 floppy handy in case....
2-run Fdisk....(how?) and delete ALL logical drives & partions
3-boot from dsk..I hope..
Thanks..!!!

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by pctech In reply to how to remove win2000

Hi,

TheChas failed to mention that you will need to delete any Non Dos partitions as well, if any are present under FDISK.
Also, you can not run the setup, for W2K, from a Win98 boot disk. You can, however, boot with a Win98 boot disk and choosing Option 2 from the Boot Option menu. You can then access the W2K Cd Rom disk and, under the directory BOOTDISK, will be a file named makeboot.exe. This will make the 4 floppy disks needed to install W2K from your floppy drive.

I hope this helps

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by T Mike In reply to how to remove win2000

Ok,fine...will this 'Non Dos' partions be a thing easily identified and deleted?
I am starting to think you guys may just get me in shape to handle this..!!!Thanks

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by T Mike In reply to how to remove win2000

Point value changed by question poster,cause he keeps wantin' more n' more info.....`

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by TheChas In reply to how to remove win2000

To delete your partitions and start over:

Boot from your W98 startup floppy.

At the DOS prompt, type in fdisk /mbr and press enter.
(I do this to clear any problems with the master boot record.)

Run fidsk again fdisk (press enter)

Answer yes to enable support for large hard drives.

From the main screen, choose the option to delete partitions and logical drives.

Start with any logical drives in the extended DOS partition.

After all logical drives are gone, you can delete the extended DOS partition.

Then, delete the primary DOS partition.

IF, when you installed Windows 2000 you selected to convert or set up a NTFS volume, there will be a non-DOS partition. Delete this also.

Exit from fdisk and shut down the PC.

If you can boot from a CD, power up and insert the W2K CD, then boot from it and setup will start.
Decide if you want a single partition or multiple partitions, and how large you want each to be.
Set up the primary (boot) partition as part of the W2K setup.

For more information, check out the partition planning article at:
http://www.aumha.org/win4/a/parts.htm

For details and tutorial links for fdisk:
www.fdisk.com/fdisk

If you cannot boot from a CD, there is a utility on the W2K CD that will allow you to create a boot floppy.

Chas

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