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Out of Date Software/ How to wipe hardrive completely

My laptop has Window's 98 software installed on it. I used the restore cds to wipe it and restore the software again. It worked but now Window's is asking me for a 25 character COA and my code is only 20 characters long.

I want to install an updated version of Windows but I dont know how.
How do I wipe everything clean and start from scratch?

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  • MzNumbawon Feb 06, 2008

    Could you elaborate plz? Computers arent my thing and I dont really know what your talking about.



    Thanks for your help. I really appreciate it.

  • MzNumbawon Feb 06, 2008

    Thanks, That was very informative and helpful.

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Hi there

Unfortunately it is not as simple as it may seem and regrettably if you are using Windows 98 you will not simply be able to use System Restore/Factory Settings as suggested, unless you have software installed that will let you do that. It is not included as standard with Win98.

I assume that you want to upgrade to Windows XP or Vista. Firstly, later versions of Windows take more space and use more memory, so you need to be sure that your computer's hard drive is big enough and that you have sufficient memory/RAM to cope with additional demands. Secondly, your computer must be also be fast enough. Google for the requirements of XP and Vista. You should be able to find the minimum computer performance required for these versions to operate correctly. Then check this against the specification of your computer.

If your computer can handle an upgrade, installing Windows from scratch, if you have never done it before (and computers aren't your thing), is not easy so I would suggest you ask someone with experience to do it for you.

You will need to buy the software. Do not use copied or pirated software or someone elses key, because it porbably won't work and it is illegal. If you really want to have a go yourself, remember to back up any data you want to keep, because you will lose everything by upgrading. Next, get yourself a Windows install/repair cd-rom. If you get a good one, this will help you prepare your hard drive (partition) for your new Windows operating system. I would still recommend that you ask someone with experience to do for you. Also bear in mind that some of your existing software will not work with later versions of Windows. Have fun...

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System Restore/Factory Settings will do that.

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