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Removing ME, installing Win98SE
wayne1921 Oct-18-01 07:03 PM
Hi All:
I have an HP Pavilion 7920, 30gig HD, 900mhz with Win ME v4.90.3000 preinstalled OEM. I want to remove the ME system and install Win 98SE. After removing ME with "Add/RemovePrograms" is it safe to install Win 98SE? How much of my file system should I back up before making the change. Is re-formatting required?
Thank you,

1. RE: Removing ME, installing Win98SE
lbyard Oct-18-01 08:19 PM
In response to message 0
I would back-up all critical data, format, do a clean install, restore data, and reinstall all applications. If you need advice on critical data, an article is almost done on the subject. (Note: several articles are "almost done” as mentioned in other posts, but for some reason business has picked-up here like I haven't seen in quite a long time). Larry

2. RE: Removing ME, installing Win98SE
wayne1921 Oct-19-01 04:47 PM
In response to message 1
Hi Larry, Thaanks again for the info. HP informed me this AM not to replace Win ME with Win 98 as ME is adapted to their system. That was the same info I got from Micro Center when I inquired about having them change the OS. Guess I had better leave well enough alone. One other thing,when on line I often crash and have to manually shut down and re-boot. The error message is: (0E : 0028 : C0012D2C). HP Support analyzed my system while on line and did not find any errors. BUT, It happened a few minutes ago when I clicked on your URL the first time. Had to shut down and re-boot again. Funny thing.


4. RE: Removing ME, installing Win98SE
lbyard Oct-19-01 05:23 PM
In response to message 2
Wayne, Do you know when this started happening? What is your browser version? Larry

5. RE: Removing ME, installing Win98SE
wayne1921 Oct-19-01 06:21 PM
In response to message 4
Larry, this started happening about three weeks ago. I have had this machine since the 2nd of August. IeExplore version is 5.51.4807.2300. Earthlinks (Which I am using) is version 5.06.8, same version as the Earthlink program. Any help to you,

7. RE: Removing ME, installing Win98SE
lbyard Oct-19-01 07:57 PM
In response to message 5
Do you have McAfee ActiveShield virus protection installed? Three weeks ago? Larry

8. RE: Removing ME, installing Win98SE
wayne1921 Oct-19-01 09:24 PM
In response to message 7
Yes, McAfee ActiveShield was preinstalled by HP. I think it was three weeks ago this started but could have present when I bought the machine. I haven't tried disabling it because it didn't occur to me. I know these virus protection programs can screw things up. Even when instralling a new software program, the first message I get is close all virus programs. Really appreciate your help, Larry,

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