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What's the difference?

by kdstreet / September 8, 2006 12:24 PM PDT

Hi everyone. Thanks in advance for the help.
Can you please tell me what is the difference between Win XP "upgrade" and the other (regular?) version? I would like to purchase it but don't understand fully what the benefits and pitfalls are with each. (For example: Will I if needed be able to reload from an "upgrade" version from a blank hard drive?)

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XP upgrade versions
by linkit / September 8, 2006 1:53 PM PDT
In reply to: What's the difference?


From what version of Windows do you wish to upgrade? Here is the eligibility chart:

You can install the upgrade version to a blank HD if you have the disc for the qualifying Windows version that is licensed to your computer.


Full OEM versions are tied to one computer.

Full RETAIL versions may be moved to a new computer after removed from the old.

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If you go for an upgrade...
by Papa Echo / September 8, 2006 2:03 PM PDT
In reply to: What's the difference? is just, by defination, that a lowergrade version is in existance, and it follows that the HD should not be blank, as otherwise,there is nothing to upgrade !

An upgrade replaces, and/or add to the files of the lower grade version, where necessary, so that the lower grade version becames, to all intends and purposes, the higher grade version.

sometimes, the "upgrade" will not "take" properly, so that you will have a problematic system. Any problems which you have at the old version, if unresolved,will be carried on to the new.

If you have to use the upgrade version, I suggest making a clean reinstall of the lower grade, then upgrade it, before installing any progams and devices.

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Not necessary
by linkit / September 8, 2006 2:19 PM PDT

Installing a "lower grade" or earlier/lesser version of Windows first is not necessary. Just insert the disc for the earlier version when the XP Upgrade CD asks for it to check if you have a qualifying earlier version.

In the case of installing 98/ME first, I strongly don't recommned it because you will have to install those to a FAT32 partition, upgrade, and then convert to NTFS--time consuming and possibly problematic.

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You probably don't have to reinstall your older version
by GamerKing / September 8, 2006 4:36 PM PDT
In reply to: What's the difference?

I haven't tried this with an OS, but I did purchase a Microsoft Office upgrade some years back. It was not necessary to install both versions. I uninstalled the OLD version, then installed the upgrade. When the upgrade came to the part where it checks for a prior version I simply inserted the OLD version Disk 1 as proof, and it installed perfectly.

As I say, this was not with an Operating System, but it was a CD installations (upgrade) checking a floppy disk 1 (prior version.) However, this was a Microsoft product and it is possible that this their standard practice.

Hope this helps.

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(NT) (NT) You can get just as clean an install with an Upgrade!!!
by Trance_Zac / September 8, 2006 7:57 PM PDT
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I installed an upgrade version of XP
by glb613 / September 8, 2006 8:26 PM PDT
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on a new hard drive and it worked fine. I did have the ME CD handy in case I was prompted to insert it into the drive but that never happened. The installation was the same as a full version. Have your other operating CD just in case it is needed.

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