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Win98 or Win2k for reload on Thinkpad

By marshall ·
I have an IBM Thinkpad, iSeries, type 2621 w/ 64mg ram, Intel celeron processor, a single partitioned hard drive w/ 5.5 gig total capacity.
Due to performance and error messages, I want to reformat the drive and reload Windows, etc.
I have install disks for Win98 and Win2k, and also the Thinkpad Recovery and Optimization disks.
Once formatted, what is the reload sequence to insure that all the Thinkpad features still work? Also, how can I unpartion the drive, or is there a good reason to leave it partioned? Which OS is the better option, Win98 or Win2k? Thanks for your help!

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by TheChas In reply to Win98 or Win2k for reload ...

Unless you use this system for games, I would choose Windows 2000. Microsoft is in the process of stopping ALL support for W98.
You can expect at least 2 years of support for W2K.

IBM lists Windows 2000 drivers.

You will need to add more RAM. I would install 256MB if possible. More if you can afford it.

Even for W98, I would increase RAM to 128MB, or 196MB.

To remove partitions, boot from a W98 startup disk and use fdisk.

For a clean install, all you need do is boot from a startup disk and format the drive using the /u and /s switches.
/u is unconditional, and fully erases the drive.
/s copies the system files, and makes the drive bootable.


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by Oz_Media In reply to Win98 or Win2k for reload ...

IBM generally partitions the Hard Drive for a restore partition. Whatever version you choose (I'd opt for 2K) make sure the drivers and BIOS updates support it on IBM's website.

NOTE: Chas will never be wrong when it comes to hardware, take it as gospel.

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