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I installed Windows 98 on a computer that previously had Windows 2000. I ran fdisk and formatted the drive with fat 32. After getting all the windows updates, I ran into a problem while installing a program. The program was Outlook Express Backup that I downloaded from a reputable site. The program replaced some system files that it said were too old to be compatible. The computer then rebooted and came up with an explorer error and would go no further. Even in safe mode. Even after running scandisk/ restore and restoring to a point before the failed install.

I did not run fdisk/mbr before I formatted. Could their be a difference between win 2000 and win98's boot sectors that is causing the system not to load? Should one run fdisk /mbr when taking a drive from Win2000 to Win98?
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Although it's a good idea to do the FDISK /MBR in this situation, you're well past the point that would be the issue. Of course, you can still do that with no ill effects, also a SYS C: from the W98 boot floppy wouldn't be a bad idea either.
 
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