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Upgraging to Windows XP

by peterk13344 / March 22, 2006 1:48 AM PST

I'm using Windows 98se at present and would like to upgrade to Windows XP Home Edition. Question:
How do I upgrade to XP without having to reformating my harddrive?. Can this be done or do I HAVE to reformat. Any idea would be helpful. thank you

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RE: upgrade...
by reefurbb / March 22, 2006 10:04 AM PST

1.there is a 9x to XP upgrade version availible.
2. It's usually not adviseable to do this as some stuff on 98 won't work on XP.
3. The following is an option IF you have a spare PC, FAT32 and capapable of handling greater than 8gb Hdd.
a. You'll need at lest a 10gb to 20gb Hdd.
b. format and partition the hdd with a 2gb or greater main (depends on your98se load to save). Create 2 more partitions, 6gb and 2gb or more. Do this on intended XP PC as FAT32 format.
c. copy all w98se stuff from old hdd as a slave on spare PC, to new hdd,as a slave on spare PC, to partition 1.
d. put new hdd into inteneded XP machine that can boot from CDrom or use W98 startup floppy to get CDrom drives initiated.
e. Put in XP standard home XP and follow instructions to install XP as a second OS, operating system, on partition 2 in FAT 32 format.
f. XP will initiate a boot menu to boot from W98se or XP. the 3rd partition is a storage one that both OS partitions can access. Note: you can't access w98 partition when booted into XP abd vice-versa.

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Upgrade to XP
by rmcarl / March 22, 2006 12:43 PM PST
In reply to: RE: upgrade...

I believe that your motherboard must be able to handle XP.

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to be exactly correct...
by reefurbb / March 23, 2006 7:11 AM PST
In reply to: Upgrade to XP

it's the processor speed, ram, and hard drive.
266mhz min, 128mb min, 4gb absolute min. If the mobo has this much, you're in BUT...recommended:
500mhz, 256mb, 10gb....
See Kees next message...

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Re: upgrading
by Kees Bakker / March 22, 2006 4:00 PM PST

Yes, that's quite possible. Just put your Windows XP CD in (an upgrade version should save some $$) and see what it has to offer. But, indeed, some programs (like Office 97) don't run well on XP.
All is covered quite well in

Some issues you might run into:

Be sure your hardware (CPU, amount of RAM, disk space) is up to the task. XP runs good enough on 256 Mb, but I wouldn't go for less.

Hope this helps.


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you want xp?
by construction man / March 24, 2006 11:04 PM PST

I have an amd 233 running 98se perfectly without ever a problem. Ialso have a p4 2.4 512 mem that runs xp pro. Ihave had nothing but problems, I have reloaded xp three times and now it died again.I installed 98se and have had no problems, and havent noticed anything missing. Istill burn cd's and do everything I did with xp. I suggest win 2000, or wait for Vista.

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