Clean install?


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Edward

I have had all kinds of problems installing an win xp
upgrade from win98 second edition. I have been advised to
try a clean boot which I did but wansts to do a dual boot
with win98. How can I get around this?
Edward
 
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Carey Frisch [MVP]

The Windows XP CD is bootable and contains all the tools necessary
to partition and format your drive. Follow this procedure and allow
Windows XP to partition and format your drive:

1. Open your BIOS and set your CD Drive as the first bootable device.

===> Accessing Motherboard BIOS
===> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

2. Insert your Windows XP CD in the CD Drive and reboot your computer.
3. You'll see a message to boot to the CD....follow the instructions.
4. The setup menu will appear and you should elect to delete the existing
Windows partitions, then create a new partition, then format the primary
partition (preferably NTFS) and proceed to install Windows XP.

5. Clean Install Windows XP
http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

[Courtesy of Michael Stevens, MS-MVP]

6. After installing Windows XP, be sure and visit the support website
of the manufacturer of the computer to download and install any
available Windows XP compatible drivers, such as video adapter
and audio drivers.

7. It would be best to physically disconnect all your peripheral hardware
devices, except for you mouse and keyboard, before installing XP.
After XP is installed, visit the support website of the manufacturer
of each hardware device to obtain the latest drivers or software
designed to work with Windows XP.

--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

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| I have had all kinds of problems installing an win xp
| upgrade from win98 second edition. I have been advised to
| try a clean boot which I did but wansts to do a dual boot
| with win98. How can I get around this?
| Edward
 
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BobDelaney

I agree that a clean install over Windows 98 or Me is best. First,
however, you need to determine whether a computer old enough to be running
Windows 98 is a good candidate for an upgrade, and not all are.
Your system should be a P-III or better, with 256 MB of RAM or more, and
a hard disk of 10 GB or greater.20 GB is even better. If so, great. If not,
stay with Windows 98 SE for the balance of this computer's lifetime.
If your system meets the above specs, boot from the Windows XP CD, and
run the Windows XP Compatibility Check first. If there are no issues to
resolve, or after you have resolved them, go into Repair Console. Delete the
primary partition. Remember that this will also delete **ALL the information
on your computer. Hunt down all your application install CDs and make a
backup of your data, e-mail filess, address books, and configuration files.
Boot from the CD, and choose New Installation (Advanced). You'll need to
briefly swap in and out your old Win 98 CD, after which you will go through
a clean install of Windows XP. Then run all the critical and recommended
upgrades, and set a new Restore Point.
Then re-install your applications, run all of their upgrades, and you
have a smooth, up-to-date computer with no trace of the Win 98 world. It
takes longer, but it is well worth it.
 

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