Getting rid of XP for 98

  Craigmave 18:24 05 Aug 03

Hi there, i have an old laptop that i put XP Pro on. Can you tell me how to get rid of this XP and i want to put win 98 back on. Thanks.

  Steven135 18:37 05 Aug 03

Unless you upgraded the 98 install (in which case if you chose the option to save your present setup enabling you to go back) then you will be best to reformat and reinstall 98.

What problems are you having with XP there are many here who can help?

  Craigmave 18:50 05 Aug 03

not really having any problems on my laptop, just having a play around. The main problem i have is on my desktop pc, with the irql not less or equal message and blue screen, but there doesnt seem to be a cure at the moment. Thanks for your post.

  spikeychris 18:57 05 Aug 03

First of all, I'd let you know that if you performed one
of the following operations you will be unable to
uninstall Windows XP to the previous Windows:

1. You did choose NOT to "Back up the previous Windows
files" during installation.

2. You converted FAT32 to NTFS after Windows XP was

3. Your previous Windows is Windows 2000.

4. You removed the uninstallation information from
Add/Remove Programs or manually deleted the Undo folder.

5. The files in the Undo folder were damaged.

Regarding the common uninstallation method from the
Add/Remove Programs control panel, refer to the
following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

click here

If you perform the "removing the uninstallation files"
operation described in the following Microsoft Knowledge
Base article, you will be unable to revert to the
previous Windows:

click here

If you cannot perform the solution described in the
Q303661, please see the following Microsoft Knowledge
Base article about how to uninstall Windows from DOS

click here

If ALL of the above suggestions do NOT work, try
the following suggestions:

If you are able to boot into Windows XP,

Check whether the backup files exist in the
hard drive:

1. Click Start, and click Control Panel.

2. Double-click Folder Options.

3. Click the View tab.

4. Remove the check mark from the "Hide protected
operating system files", and click Yes to confirm it.
5. Click to choose "Show hidden files and folders", and
click OK.

6. Click Start, and click My Computer.

7. Go to the C:\Undo folder, and check whether the
following backup files exist:

Note: I suppose that the Windows is installed in the C

If the two files exist, continue with these steps to
manually uninstall Windows XP

1. Open the Undo Folder

2. Open

3. Locate extract.exe (Note: There will probably be more
than one listed)

4. Right click Extract.exe and select "Copy".

5. Close all Windows

6. Open My Computer

7. Open C

8. Click on the Edit menu then select "Paste".

9. Click Start, click Run, type CMD, and click OK.

10. After the DOS Prompt appears, type the following


Extract C:\Undo\ /e /y

Copy C:\$win_nt$.~bt\txtsetup.sif

Copy c:\$win_nt$.~bt\bootini.bak

Attrib -h -s -r boot.ini

Ren boot.ini boot.xx

Copy bootini.bak boot.ini

Reboot the computer, and when the boot menu appears,
please select the option "Cancel Windows XP Setup".

If you are unable to boot into Windows XP,

Start the computer using a Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Boot Disk
and take the following steps:

We will need to confirm the proper files are preset in
the C:\undo folder. To confirm the files exist start the
computer using a Windows 9x boot disk and take the
following steps.


CD Undo

DIR /a

Confirm the and files exist in this
directory. If these files are not present we will not be
able to manually uninstall. If the files are present take
the following steps:

Extract c:\undo\ /e /y

Copy C:\$win_nt$.~bt\txtsetup.sif

Copy C:\$win_nt$.~bt\bootini.bak

Attrib -h -s -r boot.ini

Ren boot.ini boot.xx

Copy bootini.bak boot.ini

After these commands are complete remove the disk that
was used to start the system and reboot. When the
computer reboots you will see the boot menu and please
select "Cancel Windows XP Setup".

However I'd ignore all the above if I were you!!

  spikeychris 19:03 05 Aug 03

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The above are the proper links in order of above post

  powerless 19:12 05 Aug 03

Show off.

  Craigmave 19:32 05 Aug 03

wow, thanks ppl

  Kitz E Kat 19:46 05 Aug 03

Just printed that reply out...after wallpapering most of the sitting room.... short one sheet!!!!

  Craigmave 19:50 05 Aug 03

While on the subject of my laptop. Its very slow and quite old. I just opened the back up and theres another ram slot that empty. Would adding another stick of ram boost the speed a bit ?

  spikeychris 19:58 05 Aug 03

Craigmave, twould

Kitz E Kat, thought the kittens would be using it in the litter

  Kitz E Kat 20:45 05 Aug 03

You jokin..... good wallpaper like that.. no way....
Can use the manuals that come with my computer for litter..

As for adding more RAM, yup, do it, i got mine from Memory X, dirt cheap and quick service, and deffo worth it and they have a great selection menu pickin the right one is too easy!!!!!

However do not make the mistake i did, get regular post , not a courrier like i did,, got hit for VAT, when it got here, dont seem to happen on regular post..only applies if you order from the US as i did, can't buy nothin in £STG with these damm ? need a wheel barrow full to buy a tin of kat fud!!!!

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