Win 98 to Win 98SE

  Smiler 11:25 20 Dec 2003
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A friend has a win98SE full CD and windows 98 on his computer does he have to format the c drive and install the Win98 SE on a clean drive or is there a way to install on top of the existing Win98

  AubreyS 11:27 20 Dec 2003

No need to format, just install over the top,

  Jester2K II 11:30 20 Dec 2003

Backup your work etc first though....

  Smiler 11:32 20 Dec 2003

I was under the impression that a full version had to have a clean drive and that only an upgrade version could be installed on top of an existing version

  Jester2K II 11:36 20 Dec 2003

You will need to format first as Smiler says. Full install disks rarely can be used as an upgrade disk.

  AubreyS 11:41 20 Dec 2003

Ooops, looks like I was wrong. I was sure that I just did a reinstall. Sorry!

  Jester2K II 11:48 20 Dec 2003

If you installed using a Full Install disk then you can do a repair install over the top with a Full install disk (as long as its the same version (ie Win98SE over Win98SE).

However to upgrade from 98 to 98SE you need an upgrade disk.

  Big Elf 11:49 20 Dec 2003

Like AubreyS, I think I did an install over the top of an existing Win 9x. The only problem was I had to reinstall all the applications as well and it was unstable.


I'd go with Smiler and Jester2K II and format.

  Smiler 12:00 20 Dec 2003

Thanks for your help I'll let you know how he gets on with it later

  Smiler 14:36 21 Dec 2003

Just to let you know my friend had to format the drive before installing win98 SE full version.

Thanks again

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