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Installing Windos XP on old laptop

by stiaddict / March 5, 2005 7:18 AM PST

I hvae this old laptop that I want to install XP on. My question is how do I uninstall Windows 98, and then install Xp?

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Since you intend to wipe out 98...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 5, 2005 7:30 AM PST

Since you intent is to wipe 98, your choice to attempt an upgrade to just go with a clean install.

But before you do, be sure to run something like BELARC ADVISOR so you can have any CDKEYs you had as well as an inventory of the hardware. Also, see if there are XP drivers for this laptop.

Can I ask one thing? Why didn't you tell about this laptop's make, model and hardware details? You could have availed yourself of insight about whether it's no-go.


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laptop title
by stiaddict / March 5, 2005 11:22 AM PST

It's a Toshiba Satellite Pro 400CS.

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Not a good model to install XP.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 5, 2005 11:44 AM PST
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You might start here:
by rgfitz / March 5, 2005 8:11 AM PST
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Install Windows XP
by rattlinbones / March 5, 2005 9:27 AM PST

First. If you have less than 256meg of ram forget installing XP Pro, be sure that your video card does not share system ram, if so, 512meg of ram is the go.
Second. Make sure your bios is APIC compliant.
Third. From then on it's simple, go to your bios and tell it to boot from cd-rom, put your disc in and follow the instructions. When you come to format choose NTFS. The one thing I do like about windows is its installation routine

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Too low of RAM as no good on WinXP Pro
by chris-sinclair / March 5, 2005 12:19 PM PST
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I agree with Rattlinbones saying that WinXP Pro as no good if the PC's RAM as under 256 MB.

As I already mentioned in another thread that I've reformatted a Compaq PC from WinXP Home to Win2K.

That PC was originally as WinXP Home from the factory and the RAM was also originally at only 128 MB.

The RAM was too low for WinXP.

The low RAM and the running on Celeron as the reasons for speed and performance issues.

I did also have increased the RAM to 256 MB as well.

I was having problems WinXP's bugs at the time too.

It is much better not to bother upgrading to WinXP on an aging low memory PC either.

Buy a new PC instead?


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xp doesn't startup on an old win2000 laptop
by sovereign123 / April 14, 2008 8:01 AM PDT

I imaged my win2000 laptop with winxp image but once i start the laptop, the bios checks out fine but it gives me a message saying because of hardware and software change, windows can't start up properly. when i try the options given me like safe mode, safe mode with networking/command prompt, it still doesn't work.
my win2000 laptop config is
mobile pentium (r) III-850/700MHz
current cpu speed: 850MHz
level 2 Cache: 256KB
system Memory: 512MB
video controller: ATI M3
audio controller: ESS Maestro 3
Primary Hard Drive: 40010 MB
DIskette Drive A: Modular Bay
Diskette Drive B: Not Installed
Modular Bay: Diskette Drive

Should I get a winxp cd and run it from the start or reinstall win2000 on it?

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The image appears to be for another machine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 14, 2008 8:31 AM PDT

Should I get a winxp cd and run it from the start or reinstall win2000 on it?

Go with which works!

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