Backup everything to CD/ROM from your ME install you cannot afford to lose.
You will need drivers to setup your new Install, MOBO, Sound, Video, and possibly other hardware you may want to keep.
WIN xp has minimum hardware requirements, you can get these from Google.
Some of the games, and other applications that you use with ME will not work with XP so you need to research those for XP compatable software and drivers.
When you get to the point of the XP install use the below instructions.
Did I leave anything out, Oh yes I saw an add the other day for a dell, $288.00 delivered, might be something to think about.
New Or Clean Install
1=Set Bios to boot from CD/ROM as first boot device(For a clean or new drive the boot sequence does not matter)
2=Place the OS/CD in the CD/ROM drive and Re-Boot
3=Watch for the prompt to "press any key to boot from CD/ROM" Press ASAP (Ignore when prompt appears on any reboot) (You will only get this prompt if there is an OS installed).
4=windows Setup (Loads Files)
5=To setup XP now press "ENTER"
6=Press F8 for license
7=To continue installing a fresh copy of windows without repairing press "ESC"(You will not get this prompt for a new or unpartitioned drive)
8=For a new or unpartitioned drive press "ENTER" (or you can press "C" if you want to create multiple partitions).
9=For a drive that has partitions, operating system or any data on it, you should press "D" to delete the partition and start out with a clean drive.
11=You will be prompted again, press "L"(You will do this for each partition) , Now you are ready to partition and format
12=Press "C" (Only if you want multiple partitions, Other wise press "Enter"
13=To setup windows on the selected partition press "enter"
14=Select format NTFS with quick option, (Should be the top selection)
16=Wait for format to complete
17=Computer will start copying files to the installation folders (this may take several minutes)
18=Computer will re-boot, do not press any key to boot from CD/ROM when prompted.
19=follow the on-screen instructions to complete loading windows.
I plan to Install Window XP Home edition from an EOM.
My present OS is ME. My connection is Cable (always on)Is it better to install the SP2 programme with the computer unplugged? I am worried about an invasion of bugs.
Just what should I remove before I install the new OS. Thanks for any advice