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Remove Windows 98 but Keep Windows 2000/XP/2003

Daniel Petri

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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:

  1. Boot from the NT/2000/XP/2003 CD
  2. Choose “Repair”
  3. Select “Inspect Boot Sector”
  4. Reboot
  5. Edit BOOT.INI and remove old entries
  6. Remove the Windows9x/ME files & folders plus the following files:

MSDOS.SYS
IO.SYS
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!

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