Well I did it. Decided to reformat the drive and install windows xp after deleting the partition. Made an apps and program disk and backedup the recovery partition. The recovery disk that came the the Gateway would only allow me to restore the laptop either fully deleting files and settings or to original settings retaining current files and settings. It didn't allow the option of deleting partitions or anything. That was frustrating till I tried this. I have a Win XP home upgrade disk. I booted from that and was able to delete the partitions. When it went to install windows from that disk it asked for proof of a previous version of windows. I inserted the recovery disk and that seemed to make the home upgrade happy and it installed Win XP home on a fully formatted, non partitioned drive. Seems I was able to install a fully functional Win XP home without spending the 250 bucks for the full version. Since I don't have my Win 98 SE disk anymore i'm going to try the same thing on my home PC. Curious to see if it will work on there. I don't see why not though.
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1/12/06 at 10:37am