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Posted: October 20, 1999
Written By: Keith "Farrel" McClellan
Other Installation Options
Believe it or not, there is another way to do a clean install of Windows 98. It takes the place of the actual installation program and does some really cool things with Windows. It's called 98Lite - you may have read about it in my Shell Tweak Guide. With 98Lite, you can perform an ultra-clean install of Windows 98. This is particularly helpful if you happen to prefer Netscape and other products to those made by Microsoft.
You can do this operation with the free version of the software, but I highly recommend that you buy the PRO version because of its extra features. To do this install you are going to want to leave your Windows files on your CD-ROM drive. Boot the computer up with CD-ROM drive access and run the program (make sure you have extracted it to your backup media [be it your hard drive, or whatever] before you start deleting stuff). It will run you through installing Windows 98 as efficiently as possible - and if you want to use the old Windows 95 shell, make sure you have a copy of that CD nearby as well. The program will take you through all the motions and allow you to configure Windows 98 for the way YOU use it. Very cool, huh? After you've done that, follow the "After the Installation" instructions from above.
Note: If you aren't planning on installing IE when you install Win98, make sure that you have a copy of Netscape lying around for web browsing - otherwise it'll be tough to download bug fixes for Windows 98.
I hope this helps you out the next time you need to reinstall Windows 98. Before you resort to that, though, you may want to check out my System Cleanup Guide, which many times can return the life to an aging Windows installation. Good luck!
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