Remove Windows 98 but Keep Windows 2000/XP/2003
I have a dual-boot configuration. How can I remove Windows 9X from my system while keeping Windows 2000/XP/2003?
To remove a Windows 98 installation while retaining Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 do the following:
- Boot from the NT/2000/XP/2003 CD
- Choose “Repair”
- Select “Inspect Boot Sector”
- Edit BOOT.INI and remove old entries
- Remove the Windows9x/ME files & folders plus the following files:
Passwords Haven’t Disappeared Yet
123456. Qwerty. Iloveyou. No, these are not exercises for people who are brand new to typing. Shockingly, they are among the most common passwords that end users choose in 2021. Research has found that the average business user must manually type out, or copy/paste, the credentials to 154 websites per month. We repeatedly got one question that surprised us: “Why would I ever trust a third party with control of my network?
If the Win9X OS was installed on a separate partition (see note below) you can now easily format that partition without loosing any W2K/XP/2003 configuration (as long as that partition is NOT the Primary Active partition!)
Note: When dual-booting always keep a separate partition for each OS. Never install 2 or more operating systems on the same partition because it will wreck havoc on you Program Files folder!