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This article describes how to uninstall Windows Millennium Edition (Me). This article also describes how to uninstall Windows Me if Windows will not start.
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If you cannot start Windows Me either because you are running an expired beta version or because your installation of Windows Me has experienced a catastrophic problem, you may be able to revert to your previous version of Windows.
NOTE: To uninstall Windows Me, you must have chosen to save the uninstall information during Windows Me Setup. Also, if you were using the FAT32 file system on your hard disk before upgrading to Windows Me, you can uninstall Windows Me. If you converted your hard disk to FAT32 by using the FAT32 Converter tool that is included with Windows Me, you cannot uninstall Windows Me and automatically revert to your previous version of Windows.
Note that Windows-based programs that you installed after you installed Windows Me will not function correctly after you uninstall Windows Me. Reinstall these programs to restore their functionality.
WARNING: Do not attempt to uninstall Windows Me if the partition information for your hard disk or disks has changed since you last installed Windows Me successfully. Windows creates a backup copy of your partition information in the Suhdlog.dat file at the end of a successful installation; Uninstal.exe restores the partition information that is listed in the Suhdlog.dat file to your hard disk during the uninstallation process. If the partition information on your hard disk or disks has changed since you last installed Windows Me successfully (specifically, since the Suhdlog.dat file was created), you may experience partial or complete data loss if you attempt to uninstall Windows Me.
Your partition information may be different from the backup copy in the Suhdlog.dat file for any of the following reasons:
Uninstalling Windows Me from Within WindowsTo uninstall from within Windows, follow the steps that are listed below. You can also use these steps when Windows Me is running in Safe mode.
Uninstalling from a Command PromptIf you cannot start Windows Me but you can start your computer to a command prompt, use these steps to uninstall Windows Me:
Article ID: 272159 - Last Review: January 29, 2007 - Revision: 1.5
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