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Me to XP

by Jo Groves / April 11, 2005 6:45 AM PDT

My friend has got ME on her PC and wanted to upgrade to Xp, however she installed the full version and has now got 2 drives. XP has created another drive (D:) and is low virtual memory whereas drive C has got about 50gb of memory, please advise what to do next? She only wants XP, and not ME!
Thanks
Jo

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She needs to read. . .
by Coryphaeus / April 11, 2005 10:32 AM PDT
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the XP instructions carefully, and follow the directions carefully. If left alone, XP will leave what is already on the disk. She needs to choose full format to NTFS, one partition, and install XP as the one OS.

Hopefully, her PC will handle XP as it needs more resources. She will also need to reinstall EVERYTHING else including audio and video drivers, modem, NIC, programs, emails, favorites, etc. as a full format of XP will clean the HD. But it's the best way. Leaving an old OS on the drive is just asking for problems.

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One last Check
by xmike / April 12, 2005 3:49 PM PDT
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Before upgrading to WindowsXP make sure that you can get XP drivers for all your Hardware. I was only able to upgrade 2 of 3 computers to Windows XP. The one I left running Windows ME would have to be build from the ground up because the manufactures of most of my Hardware went out of business and drivers weren't available. In most cases ME drivers won't work with XP. You may also find that you will have to increase your memory to get the speed back up to the ME system speed since windows XP is so memory hungry, the CPU will also be working overtime. The other two computers I upgraded were Pentium 2's. I upgraded them to Pentium 3's @ 500mz and they are still not anything to write home about running XP. Now, my just finished Pentium 4- 3.4gz with 2 gb of ram running Windows XP really kicks....
Good luck on the upgrade.

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should have done a clean install
by dyspyzthespyz / April 14, 2005 2:54 PM PDT
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by xmike / April 17, 2005 1:22 PM PDT

Actually you can go both ways. It is easier to back out of the Upgrade if you are lucky and everything works the way it should. I have done both clean install and upgrade, it is really up to the individual. It might be a good idea thou to use fat 32 until you decide everything is going to work. Xp will work in Fat 32 and NTFS. But once you change the file system it takes something like a 3rd party Utility to get back to square one, like Partition Magic. Xp has a Utility that is a one way trip only from Fat32-NTFS. And you can change over at a later date if everything works ok. Xp works better with a NTFS file system but will work in Fat32.

GL

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Me to XP
by nghoanglong / April 17, 2005 4:01 PM PDT
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I don't know you she has 2 physical drives or not. If she has 2, exchange them for a bigger one. If she has 1 physical & 1 logical (D), use Partition Magic cua PowerQuest to delete D drive and merge it to C drive to have more space. In case XP still does not have enough space, she should upgarde to a bigger hdd

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