CF-29 Toughbook : Can I downgrade from XP to Win98SE?

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  1. MarkH27

    MarkH27 Notebook Enthusiast

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    i cant figure it out now! hahaha

    hey..can i load win98se onto an external hard drive and boot from that? That way i wont have to remove the xp software. Or are the toughbooks to old to boot off external hd's?
     
  2. mklym

    mklym Notebook Evangelist

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    The problem is that you are asking for definite confirmation about something no one has tried. When the units were new, XP was the MS OS de jour, a big improvement from 98 so the chances of anyone having downgraded XP to 98 are probably zero. It seems that you want a forum member to say 'yes it will be okay' and if it turns out not to be good, then you have someone to blame. I may be mistaken, but that is the way it is coming across to me. You said that it is a local deal and a decent price. Not like you are putting out a lot of money for it. If it does not work proper w/98, put it up for sale here on the forum. There are people here who would be interested, and you might make a couple of bucks off the sale.
    Personally, I don't think you will have all hardware functioning properly because of driver issues. You might be able to use drivers and software for a 28.
    You would be better off buying something like in the links that UNCNDL1 posted, both of those come with 98 already installed. Ask the seller if all hardware is working proper and if he says 'yes' then buy one. It may be more money than the 29 but you are not going to waste your time trying to get 98 loaded and all hardware working.
    Might be easier and cheaper to by a new (used) eprom burner that will work with a newer OS.
    Hope it all works out for you, which ever way you decide to go. GL.
     
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    We do have chargers for these now. They are low on the priority but we can test them now if someone buys one!
     
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  5. MarkH27

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    Yes..you are mistaken..i am.not looking for someone to say "yes..it will work" and if it doesnt, then blame them. That thought wasnt even in my mind. I didnt even think to go there mentally and i never would.
     
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    Yes it should work. Safest thing you can do is buy the unit then buy a spare hard drive to load Windows 98 on. That way you can fall back to the original Windows if it doesnt work.
     
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  7. mklym

    mklym Notebook Evangelist

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    I figured you would comment about that statement. A bit disappointed that the comment was all you replied to out of all I posted. Seems you took offense to it. I was not trying to start an argument, posting what I thought of the way the thread was going. Oh well. As I said before, good luck.

    Yes, that would be the safest. That was suggested by Michael AU in the second post on this thread. Thanks for confirming. :)
     
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    No problem, just skimmed the thread.
     
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    Personally, I think it would be easier, and maybe better to buy a new(er) eprom burner. There would be more features, I would think, in the software that would come with a newer burner.
    But then it is always good to pick up another Toughbook, regardless of the excuse. :D

    Mark, I really do hope you get a solution to your problem.
     
  10. Michael AU

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    Mark don't buy the 29, you asked questions that have been answered to the best of the knowledge of the members here. If I had my copy of Windows 98SE I'd test it out for you but like many of my things I can't find it since I moved.

    Your 2nd question is a question about legalities. Is it legal to reuse a Windows license? No is the quick answer. Can you buy a new, unused, never opened Windows 98SE installation disc? probably not but I suppose its not impossible.
     
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