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edo1017 07-21-2006 05:31 PM

Sorry but I need to move from fedora to windows 98!
i have an old computer that was running fedora core 4 just fine. but i need to give it to my uncle. i need to get rid of the linux and go back to windows 98 or whatever. he isnt gonna want to learn linux too, he barely knows how to turn a computer on. anyway how exactly can i wipe the sytem clean and start over with windows?:confused:

Sören Schneider 07-21-2006 05:36 PM

Put a boot cd from windows into your cd drive and boot from cd.
windows do the rest.
just confirm the partition delete question.

edo1017 07-21-2006 05:39 PM

i need to get my hands on a boot disk first though

Sören Schneider 07-21-2006 05:48 PM

Did you install fedora over windoze or dualboot?

edo1017 07-21-2006 05:50 PM

i just put linux over it

IsaacKuo 07-21-2006 06:12 PM

Actually, having done this recently it isn't QUITE that simple. The Windows 98 install disc can't figure out what the heck the existing partitions are and will vomit on them rather than deleting the existing partitions.

So, you need to boot up with a LiveCD or a linux installer and wipe the existing partitions manually. After you delete all existing partitions manually, then you can install Windows 98 on it.

Of course, the real challenge for you may be finding a copy of Windows 98 somewhere. It can be hard to find a copy of Windows 98, and when you do don't expect a discounted price. There's a certain demand for Windows 98 due to old legacy software/hardware that won't run on Windows XP. Due to limited availability and supply/demand, the going street prices for Windows 98 are still high.

edo1017 07-21-2006 06:24 PM

its sounds pretty evil, but luckily i got the 98 disk

so i need to go into disk druid and delete everything?

Sören Schneider 07-21-2006 08:37 PM

When Windoze does not find a partition it will create one.

edo1017 07-21-2006 10:51 PM

all i keep getting is a minimal bash like line editing is supported screen

Sören Schneider 07-21-2006 11:56 PM

Can you boot your win98 CD?

jlo_sandog 07-22-2006 02:06 AM

If your uncle knows little about computers, how is he suppose to keep it secure from viruses? Especially now that win98 is no longer supported. Depending on what he intends to do, such as email and browsing you migth just leave linux installed. Maybe set-up dual boot so he can get familiar with it. Or you can be a nice guy and buy him a copy of XP.

rembot 07-22-2006 05:53 AM

if you find 98 disk too hard to use stick the XP disk in and start the install, delete partitions format FAT32 and then select exit setup. Put 98 disk in and then install :p easy way to do it for people that dont know much about fdisk etc. Thats how i did it last time, lol. If you get to know the M$ bootdisk well it can be very handy, its not super good but it does the job.

phil.d.g 07-22-2006 06:13 AM

If your uncle barely knows how to turn a computer on he most likely wouldn't realise Fedora Core running gnome is any different from Windows. The people that have the most problems with Linux are Windows power users.

To be frank, your foolish for even considering Windows 98, it is an eight year old piece of software that Microsoft officially stopped supporting earlier this month. There are known security issues that Microsoft were unwilling to address because at the time they were only planning to support Windows 98 for another one or two months. Most companies that produce products for the Windows platform will now be looking to stop developing for 98/98SE/ME. If you want to go the Windows route then you really need XP.

Edit: According to the Microsoft website extended support for Windows 2000 ends 2010, so that is an option aswell

Sören Schneider 07-22-2006 08:09 AM

You're right Phil !!!
Don't let edo's uncle get viruses.

edo1017 07-22-2006 09:06 AM

i found a boot disk and put it in now it just sits there

linux is easier but only if you change your way of thinking. I think i'll just leave linux on it. If i do leave linux on, which distro should i put on? i need one that he can get used to quickly. And one that will run on a 500 hrtz machine and 192mg ram.

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