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I have /had Windows 98 on my computer and a friend installed windows xp. I tried to get rid of Xp but lost Win 98, I have the original RestoreDisk for my compaq but it will not let me install to get back to my original factory installed programs, Help!!!

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Your friend probably reformatted your hard drive to NTFS when he installed XP. Windows 98 does not know what to do with NTFS. You will need to delete the current partition on the hard drive, create a new one and then format it with FAT32. Boot to the Windows 98 installation floppy and then type fdisk and follow the instructions - you want to delete the partition, create a new one and then format.

If you do not have the floppy, you can download one from here:

P.S. I hope you backed up everthing you want to keep because this will wipe it off your hard drive.

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Have you tried booting the system with the restore disk, well it should reformat the system before it installs a fresh copy of windows 98 so you should back-up data before proceeding and check the boot sequence in your bios, set the first boot device to CD/DVD.

I hope this helps:)

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