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Old 10-01-2006, 09:46 PM   #1
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How do I re install Windows 98?

I was given RedHat Linux 9.0. I was told it is better than my Windows98 which I am sure is true, but i have no idea how to make my Windows programs run. Such as Kodak EasyShare, Lexmark printer, Verizon DSL. I just want my Windows back, but RedHat won't let me! How do I get my Windows back. Can you guys use easy to understand term, cause all the other stuff on here is kinda hard to understand.
Old 10-01-2006, 10:15 PM   #2
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If you do a search on google though it will give you your answer. You might also want to do a search for windows forums. As this is more of a windows problem than a linux problem.
Old 10-01-2006, 10:24 PM   #3
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Windows programs can not run in Linux because Linux and Windows talks a different langauge. A project called WINE (WINE is not an Emulator) is used to simulate Windows, so Windows programs can run. For novice, it is very, very, very hard. Even I, an expert Linux user, can not set it up properly. These days WINE is too GUI and its config files can not be edit by text editors like in earlier versions.

Use VMware or use Crossover Office. Both are commerical programs that are easy enough for Linux novice user.

You should be using the most update to date Linux distribution. Red Hat 9 is like 20 years old.
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if you just want to use windows period, then i assume you have the win98 install cd correct. just boot to the cd and click install. you'll have to tell it to delete all the partitions that redhat created (i believe is no more than 3). if it refuses to install, then boot with a 98bootdisk floppy. at the a prompt>fdisk /mbr do that atleast twice then>fdisk then the rest is just a matter of reading the screen thoroughly and deleting the partitions i believe is option 3. then reboot and fdisk again and do option 1 create primary partition and yes make it active and use large disk support and maximum size available. reboot again and type>format c: after that you should be able to boot with the install cd and install. all in all should just take you less than hour to complete not including insalling your personal software ex: printer, office suite, games etc. if you don't have a bootdisk, you can go to and make one. hope this helps you.

on a side note:get a couple two or three live linux cd's and just check them out. i'd recommend ubuntu, dsl (damn small linux), or some debian version. they'll run in memory and not touch the harddrive. they are fairly easy and better newbie friendly. not that i'm knocking redhat, it's a good distro on its own.

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