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Post by gamer2 » Sun May 14, 2006 10:04 am

Hey, can i downgrade my computer from Windows 2000 to Windows 98? Im asking this couse this computer runs slower than a old person on a free-way. Also this pc dont meet the system requirements for 2000, turns out it needs more than 128mb ram.

IS it possible to downgrade?
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Post by shmagoogin77 » Sun May 14, 2006 10:07 am

just buy a copy of win 98

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Post by gamer2 » Sun May 14, 2006 10:09 am

I dont need to buy, i have an old copy. Buit its not letting me install, how can i get around this.
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Post by bicostp » Sun May 14, 2006 10:17 am

It should let you install if you run off a 98 boot disk, then delete the NTFS partition and make a FAT32 partiton. Reboot and format c:.

Just make sure you don't have anything you want on that computer! :P

Try running Disk Cleanup and Disk defragmenter first.

What are the system specs? Maybe it's not 2000 that's making it lag. (I ran it on a 200mhz P1 MMX with 128 MB RAM before. It worked just fine, even WITH all my dad's work software running in the background. (BlackICE, Outlook, Norton Corporate Edition...)

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Post by Dark Savant0 » Sun May 14, 2006 10:17 am

You need to blank the hard disk. Just search around for a dos-mode program called "fdisk." I don't have a link atm, sorry. That should let you blank your whole disk, though, so be warned. Back up all files.

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Post by marshallh » Sun May 14, 2006 10:30 am

Why would you want to downgrade? Win2k is way better. Your problem is probably becuase of crapware.
My old server was a Cyrix166mhz with 64MB ram, it ran Windows 2000 Advanced Server fine.
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Post by gamer2 » Sun May 14, 2006 10:49 am

Also i want to play some of my old PC games.
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Post by blackbox_dev » Sun May 14, 2006 11:29 am

Steps:

Go to www.bootdisk.com
Download and run the Windows 98 boot disk creator.
Reboot with that disk.
Type "fdisk" at the command prompt.
Delete the non-dos partition
Create a primary partition and use the maximum size and make it active.
Reboot again with the disk.
Type "format c:"
Wait for it to finish formatting
Place your Win 98 disc in the CD-ROM drive
Type "R:\Setup" (yes, R:, no matter what)
Continue the installation

All those command line things are without the quotes.
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Post by Sparkfist » Mon May 15, 2006 7:58 am

Yes you can downgrade. There are things you need to consider though. You computer is likely not designed for the requirements of 98 so you should check to see that you can get network and graphics drivers. I know about this because in A+ we did this and if you don't have either of those installed you have no internet and you're stuck in a resolution of 640x400 or something simalar.

But like everyone I would advise against it. The 9x series all suck. To speed up the NT based Windows you just need to tweek them. Look online for tutorials about speeding up 2000. They should tell you want services to drop, and were you can find them. That way you can have the system working faster. Also if you have a second hard drive you are not using, install it and make it the location of Winodws paging (virtual ram files). This last tweek alone will improve your hard drive access speed.
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