Problem 1: The old server will be retired and used as a workstation. I want to replace NT Server with Windows 95 on that machine. But DOS FDISK fails to delete the NTFS partition. I also try the NT setup disk but still fails.
Problem 2: I configured my PC as a dual boot machine--Windows NT and Windows 95. I followed the procedures mentioned in the Microsoft manual to deinstall NT. I used a DOS boot disk and type sys c:. Then Windows 95 can no longer start up.
Solution 1: Use the NT setup disk to delete NTFS partitions is tricky. Pay attention to the following tricks:
- Erase the system folder first before you reboot the computer with the setup disk. If Setup detects a copy of Windows NT already exists, it will prompt you to upgrade rather than letting you create or delete partitions.
- After you delete the NT partitions, do not press F3 to exit. If you do so, the partitions will be intact. You must go one more screen further to format the paritions as FAT.
Solution 2: Removing Windows NT in a DOS partition seems to be very straight-forward:
The tricky part is the last step. Different Windows system may be installed and configured differently. Some Windows systems run without DOS files and some do. And the DOS versions may vary from computer to computer. My advice is: Do not use a DOS boot disk to issue the "sys" command at all. Rather you should use a system disk made by Windows 95. To create a system disk in Windows 95, simply right click the floppy disk icon and select format, then select both format and copy system files.
- At the command prompt type attrib -r -s -h nt*.* to take of the protection of NT Loader, NTDetect.com and other NT system files.
- Erase all NT system files in the root directory and the WINNT directory (use deltree).
- Restall the boot sector for Windows 95 by sys c:.
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