I have a four year old Dell PC that originally came with a
Windows 98 OS. This past summer I had the local computer
repair shop upgrade to Windows XP-Pro which I now regret.
They installed XP without reformatting the hard drive so
Windows 98 still remains. I want to get rid of XP and convert
back to Windows 98. I read the uninstall instructions and it
says that Windows XP-Pro cannot be uninstalled if the hard
disk configuration has been changed: if FAT has been
converted to NTFS. NTFS is the current file system but I
cannot be sure if it was converted from FAT during the XP
installation or if it was originally set this way. The only
information that I have is the original generic manual that
came with the computer when I bought if from Dell. In the
manual it talks only about FAT file systems so I would assume
that FAT is the original file system and the computer file
system was converted to NTFS during the XP installation.
SO…my question is: Am I stuck with Windows XP or is it
still possible to uninstall XP and if so how would I go about
doing it without damaging the whole computer.
Well, it can be done. It’s not easy, but it can be done.
But I don’t recommend it.
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Windows 98 doesn’t support NTFS, period. So yes, if your
hard disk is now formatted with NTFS then it was converted somewhere
along the way.
It also means that your only real
approach to reverting to Windows 98 would be to backup or
save all your data, reformat the hard disk (with the FAT filesystem), and
98. From scratch.
That’s quite a bit of work, to be sure.
And in all honesty … why?
Windows XP is such a better operating system than Windows
98. My recommendation instead would be to see if the issues you’re
having with it could be addressed instead.
In the long run, I’m convinced you’ll be much happier that way.