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Old 08-01-01, 02:37 PM
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Windows 2000-removing from a hard drive? Help

hey, I have a bit of a problem...

I have a laptop here. The person who sent it just
pre-loaded windows 2000 for a "demo" or whatever
to show that the thing was working.
I do not have the cd or boot disks or anything...

I need to get windows 2000 off the system though
as its way too slow to handle it (P 133, 32 megs of ram),
plus I dont own a licence to it.

I want to stick 98se or Me on there, but since this
whole thing with windows 2000 getting rid of dos
is making it much harder, I need some help.

How can I just format the drive? I tired to put a
floppy in when it was starting up with command.com,
format.com, etc. I was hoping I could just boot to
the floppy and format the hard drive drive-you know,
an easy process...

When I insert the disk, I just get the old "invalid
system disk" error...

I really dont want to have to get one of those adaptor
thing to put the hard drive in a desktop as a slave, then
format it. That just seems like way too much trouble
and it would cost around $12 just for an adaptor to get
the laptop drive into the desktop.

HELP-how do get rid of win2000 with no discs!? I'll try
just about anything as long as it doesnt involve going out
and buying anything.
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Old 08-01-01, 04:02 PM
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Make sure you have a bootable floppy made with the something like Win98, not Win2K. You should do an FDISK to remove the existing partitions and create a new one. If the computer is not booting from a good, bootable floppy check the BIOS to make sure that the boot order specifies that booting from floppy is done before booting from hard disk.

You may also be able to boot off a Win98 or Me CD if you tell the BIOS to boot from CD first (if that option is there). Then you can exit to DOS and do the FDISK, or the Win98 install may do it for you.
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Old 08-01-01, 05:14 PM
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any idea how to get the bios setting to show up?

I am totally unfamilair with win2000 set up.

might there be a button on the laptop to do it (I had
an old one like that back in the old 386 days)...it would
display the bios when the system was on, changed could
be made, then restarted.

I tried to do the hit f8 thing when 2000 was starting up
but I didnt see any way of getting into the bios to change
the boot sequence.
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Old 08-01-01, 05:17 PM
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It's before it even starts booting Win2K. You should see something like "Press F1" or F2, DEL, or ESC around the time of the memory check right after turning it on. Press the thing it tells you and you'll get into the BIOS setup.
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I just went to the web page for toshiba-apperently with this model you need to hold down the esc key until the "press f1" thing comes on...

I just got into the bios. I am going to eat dinner, then screw around with it some more. I am sure that I can get it going at that point.

thanks!
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thanks alot X!

I am well on my way to instlling windows98se on
a freshly formatted hard drive!

thanks so much
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