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    Removing Win 98 after upgrade (Win XP Pro)

    I have recently installed Windows XP Pro and decided to leave Windows 98 on my system just in case. Everything seems to be working fine, so now I want to get rid of Windows 98. How do I do this? Is it as simple as deleting the folder? There's nothing in the Add/Remove Programs. I did not install Win XP using a dual boot situation.

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    Re: Removing Win 98 after upgrade (Win XP Pro)

    Have a look at the topics discussed in the thread starting <!post=here,321135>here<!/post>. This may cover a large part of the questions you have in mind. Please post back on the points you feel it misses out.
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    Re: Removing Win 98 after upgrade (Win XP Pro)

    thanks for the response. I actually read the that thread before posting, but was unsure how to apply it to my situation. I did not set up Windows XP with a dual boot option; consequently, I'm not sure if I simply delete the Windows and Win98 folder or not. It's probably just that simple, but I'm being as cautious as possible.

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    Re: Removing Win 98 after upgrade (Win XP Pro)

    From what you are saying, you cannot actually boot into Windows 98 at present at all - without coming up with some significant changes "under the hood". On that basis, you're probably already satisfied that there is nothing in the "Windows 98 System" folder that you need and you can delete it. A normal precautionary measure - earlier on in your situation - could have been to rename the folder (say) Wondows, just to see if that caused any upsets. You are probably beyond that stage by now. Just deal with the folder that used to be your Windows folder in Win98. It's not worth the trouble of sorting out which of the files you have at C: (like autoexec.old etc) that could be deletable. HTH
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    Re: Removing Win 98 after upgrade (Win XP Pro)

    Oh oh....It looks like there are folders in Windows still being used by some of my software programs. I guess the solution is to check every folder and that's not too bad - I sort of know which ones might be needed, but man.....there are a hell of a lot of files in the main Windows folder. Who knows if any of them are being used? I would have thought that Win XP would have made some accomodation for this eventuality. Any other suggestions are appreciated.

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    Re: Removing Win 98 after upgrade (Win XP Pro)

    Presumably you can remember which programs you didn't have to reinstall - or did have to install (depending on the shorter list) - after you started XP? More scientifically (perhaps) you could try doing a search through the Registry for the value C:Windows.

    When I upgraded from Windows 98 to Windows 2000, my main direcotory was still called Windows. (In Windows 2000, it's usually called Winnt.) In my Windows XP - which is not an upgrade - the main directory is called Windows. Just to make sure we're on the right wavelength, if your Windows 98 main directory is called Windows, what is your Windows XP main directory called?
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    Re: Removing Win 98 after upgrade (Win XP Pro)

    As luck would have it, I didn't have to reinstall anything.

    The computer that I installed Win XP on is at home and I don't have access right now; therefore I can't answer your question about the main directory. I assume you're saying that Windows XP also uses a folder called "Windows." I just assumed it made a whole different folder and left the Windows folder for Win 98 in case I went back to that OS. Does Win XP simply "take over" the Windows folder? Is the previous Windows folder (for Win 98) still exist under a different name?

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    Re: Removing Win 98 after upgrade (Win XP Pro)

    If you went for an upgrade, then WinXP would simply have taken over your Windows folder and overwritten anything that it needed to. Anything that it didn't need to overwrite (and doesn't need) would have been left orphaned inside the Windows folder. Comprehensively getting at what was orphaned is a tall order and it may not take up much space at all.
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    Re: Removing Win 98 after upgrade (Win XP Pro)

    Ok...that all makes sense. But, it's too bad for me. I was hoping Win XP wouldn't take up more than 1.5 GB and it looks like it took up much more than that. I was hoping to find a bunch of folders or files to delete and get a little room on my 8 GB hard drive.

    Thanks for all your help!
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    Re: Removing Win 98 after upgrade (Win XP Pro)

    Sometimes the installation offers to to transfer the contents of the installation CD to your hd to make it faster. Do you have a folder called I386?

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    Re: Removing Win 98 after upgrade (Win XP Pro)

    I'm not sure I'm understanding what you have done here. Did you upgrade from 98 to XP or simply do a parallel installation of XP on the same partition as Win 98 lives ??? If you did an upgrade, then the 98 folder might just be old files to revert the system back to 98. Win 98 offered the option to save the Win 95 files to a folder when upgrading. Then after you were satisfied that 98 was working and all was well, you could use the Disk Cleanup utility to delete all the Win 95 file and regain the space. I don't know if XP offers a similar option when upgrading or not, but it's worth a look in Disk Cleanup to see if the option is there.
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    Re: Removing Win 98 after upgrade (Win XP Pro)

    Aha! Good call Doc! That cleaned up about 500 MB and I now have the extra space that I assumed I would have.

    To answer your question, I installed Win XP on the same partition. I deleted the Win 98 folder and that went ok. I'm assuming Win XP needs everything else.

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    Re: Removing Win 98 after upgrade (Win XP Pro)

    Glad to be of assistance. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> I know that 500 MB means a lot on an 8 GB drive.

    You only partly answered my question, but if you used Disk Cleanup to delete the Win 98 Folder then you likely did an upgrade install and not a parallel install of XP alongside Win 98 on the C: partition. And yeah, I'd assume XP needs everything else for now. Let's not get greedy. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> You could run Disk Cleanup again and dump all your Temporary Internet and Temp files if you haven't already. I'd also advise running the utility every other day or so and cleaning out your Temporary Internet and Temporary files. On a drive that small, depending on your surfing habits, it can slow down to a crawl if you don't keep it lean and mean.
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    Re: Removing Win 98 after upgrade (Win XP Pro)

    Fairly trivial stuff: but you could also do a search for all Mscreate.dir files - which are of little value - as well as temp Word files (all beginning with ~) that get orphaned from time to time. Some people suggest purging all excess cursors (WindowsCursors) and bitmaps (*.bmp) - although I think that the latter can be a bit excessive. Also, if you're certain you'll never want to use the Windows 98 Themes again, you could consider jettisoning those. HTH
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    Re: Removing Win 98 after upgrade (Win XP Pro)

    Just wanted to thank both of you who wrote me. I also found an "Undo" folder that's nearly 400MB. I've got almost 2 GB on my hard drive to go wild with!

    Thanks again,
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