Loading Windows XP Home on HD with existing Win98SE


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JSnead

I am building a new PC. This is my third PC to build. All
of it is put together. However with this PC, I want to use
my Maxtor 120gig HD (that was in my old system) that
already has Windows 98SE on it. When I bought the new
processor and motherboard, etc. it came with a Windows XP
Home Edition "OEM" disc for the installation.

Question: Will the "OEM" version of Windows XP upgrade the
current Win98SE OS to XP without erasing any of my other
programs etc. I have been told by two people so far that
it will provided that I am booted up into Win 98SE first,
before putting XP disc in CDRom.
Can anyone help out?

Thanks.
 
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Carey Frisch [MVP]

OEM versions of Windows XP do not have the ability
to upgrade over an existing Windows installation. It
must be installed on a reformatted drive or an empty
partition. Only "retail versions" of XP can upgrade.

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

[Courtesy of MS-MVP Michael Stevens]

HOW TO: Create a Multiple-Boot System in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;306559&Product=winxp

A good third-party partitioning program is Partition Magic 8.
http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/pmdetails.cfm

PartitionMagic 8.0 "Instructional Videos"
http://www.powerquest.com/support/primus/id3918.cfm

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

Be Smart! Protect your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/

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|I am building a new PC. This is my third PC to build. All
| of it is put together. However with this PC, I want to use
| my Maxtor 120gig HD (that was in my old system) that
| already has Windows 98SE on it. When I bought the new
| processor and motherboard, etc. it came with a Windows XP
| Home Edition "OEM" disc for the installation.
|
| Question: Will the "OEM" version of Windows XP upgrade the
| current Win98SE OS to XP without erasing any of my other
| programs etc. I have been told by two people so far that
| it will provided that I am booted up into Win 98SE first,
| before putting XP disc in CDRom.
| Can anyone help out?
|
| Thanks.
 

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