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Uninstalling Windows XP

by valeve / October 12, 2004 11:43 PM PDT

I'm asking for a friend. She upgraded Windows millenium to Windows XP. She's having a lot of problems and now wants to uninstall XP and go back to using MN. Can anyone tell her how to do this?

Thanks. Val

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Re: Uninstalling Windows XP
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 12, 2004 11:47 PM PDT

If there is an easy way back it will be in the Add/Remove programs in the Control Panel. If not, you get to check that your backups are current, usable (they work?) and then install Windows ME from scratch.

However, I think this is a great forum to find cures for the issues. If they want, toss a few out for discussion.


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Don't RE-INSTALL ME, if you are going to use XP UPGRADE
by bently / October 14, 2004 2:49 PM PDT

Being a novice, because she had the Win XP UPGRADE, she may think she has to install Win ME, and then install XP UPGRADE after doing a format.

After FORMAT, install XP using the XP upgrade disk, and at some point she will be asked to either insert the CD of the previous version of Windows or the Win ME registration number. (don't remember which) .


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I agree.............
by valeve / October 13, 2004 1:10 AM PDT

Bob, I wish I had a dollar for every person I've tried to join up to these forums. I sent the link and even signed up my friend. She's not very computer literate and I think she's intimidated by people who are. I sent your answer to her and maybe that will encourage her.

Thanks for the prompt reply. Val

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Just a thought. . .
by Coryphaeus / October 13, 2004 2:38 AM PDT
In reply to: I agree.............

If she just upgraded and didn't do the full format and install of XP, any problems with Me will still be there.

XP installation gives the option to format to the NTFS file system and do a full install of XP. This will remove Me and its inherent problems.

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Re: Just a thought. . .
by valeve / October 13, 2004 4:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Just a thought. . .

She bought the upgrade version and installed that. I think it was over ME and so she thinks that if she could uninstall XP that ME wuld still be. She never had any problems with ME but she wanted to install a couple of newer programs that weren't accepted by anything less than Windows XP. Her main problem is with winfax. I MUST try and get her to write to you guys for help. Can she still do a full install of XP? Thanks. Val

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Reinstall is recommended. . .
by Coryphaeus / October 13, 2004 3:33 PM PDT

A full install of XP is the best. Make sure she backs up anything she can't loose such as emails, addresses, favorites, pictures, documents, etc. as these will all go away when the format is done.

XP has a great built in FAX program.

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Re: Reinstall is recommended. . .
by evadjm / October 14, 2004 8:38 AM PDT


Personally I would agree with Coryphaeus and format the HD (after saving documents email etc) then install a full version of XP if possible as it is a far better O/S than ME and a lot more stable.


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Re: Reinstall is recommended. . .
by putergoddess / October 14, 2004 9:43 PM PDT

I did an upgrade install to XP from 98SE on a partition of my HD. Now I want to format my HD and do a clean install. When I try "format D:" .. I get the message "Format not accepted on D". What command do you use to format an NTFS system and get it back to fat 32?
I bought another HD to put XP on.

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Re: Reinstall is recommended. . .
by mustang46 / October 14, 2004 10:36 PM PDT

Chances R There Is An Active OS On D:, That's Y It Won't Allow The Format. Fdisk Can B Used 2 Erase Any Partition. Then You Would B Able 2 Make A New Partition & Format It With The Type Of FS The OS Wants. Did This Help Any?

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