This may seem like a daft question, My old box is too low on ram (64) for win xp. Reason I loaded xp onto this system was because I couldn't find my 2nd cd for win 98se, Packard Bell came with 2 win98se cds 1 of which we lost. I don't know if this is making sense, but I have a "copy" of win 98se and I can't load it. Does win xp have some sort of programme to stop yer formatting the h/d? Sorry if it's dis-jointed I've been trying all day n I'm worn out. thanx in anticipation. big shrek
Win98se came with dos utilities so you could delve a little deeper. WinXP does not. The win98se or win98 rescue disk will work if you want to format your HD. (This will be the best way to go) so back up all of your data first. remember to get all important data from your email folders. You will have to set the bios to boot from your floppy first or the bios will just keep finding Winxp boot ini. I have even had to disable HDD-0 in the past to get it to boot from the floppy.
Boot to dos only (Command Prompt) Type in 'fdisk'
follow the instructions to first DELETE primary partition
Then CREATE new primary partition.
Remember to check large drive support
You will now be able to format the partition to fat32.
Put the rescue disk back in and boot with cd rom support - (Or boot from win98 setup disk)