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Win98 SE to WinXP

by BowHunter777 / July 28, 2006 5:48 PM PDT

Hi Guys,
I just wanted to ask about changing Win98 to WinXP.My daughters computer is Pentium 3 MHz800,it has the Western Digital 80 HD.Now it has Windows98se and I'm just wondering if I can just reformat it with my XP disc and if so how complicated it would be.It runs fine with the 98 but she gets little problems associated with it,reboot often,performed an illegal operation and has to close,you know all that.Also just the fact that after this last update recently from Microsoft I'm sure it's going to have to be updated.Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.Also we are on a very low budget otherwise I'd just buy her something a little more up to date.Thanks Guys.

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I Would Recommend Against it, Mostly for Hardware Reasons...
by tobeach / July 28, 2006 6:15 PM PDT
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Although the HD is adequate, you would need preferably 512 MB of memory for good performance.
Additionally, after doing this with my daughters, found the motherboard Bios was WAY over strained by XP and eventually (<than 9 months) fried the MB and trashed the HD(along with all the files) on it's way to Heaven! Those MB's, v. hard to find, will set you back(w/labor) about 1/2 the price of new bottom end P4/XP machine. Tack in HD and your putting in good money after bad. Better to save and use as a second machine for easy duties as befits a grand ol' dame.
I loved that 98SE, may it rest in Peace! Sorry! Happy

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Yea going to have to wait

Yea she'll have to make do and hopefully I'll be in a position to get her something better soon.Thanks very much for all your help guys.Take Care.

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98SE to XP considerations
by linkit / July 28, 2006 9:21 PM PDT
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What XP disc? Did it come with another computer? Is it an OEM disc that you purchased separately? Is it a RETAIL version that you purchaesd separately?

Unless it is a RETAIL version, you will not be able validate the installation. That means you won't be able to update it and you can't log in after 30 days. If the RETAIL version is currently installed on another computer, that also causes a problem.

In my world, most PIII or earlier computers get a free Linux distribution installed on them. Instead of paying USD$90-$200 for just a new XP license, that money goes toward a new system with an included XP license. You can get complete new systems for USD$299 these days.

(If interested in Linux:

With that being said, I have a Gateway notebook (PIII 750MHz, 384MB, 20GB) that runs Windows XP (SP2) and it works great. I would like to put more memory in it, but I already reached the max.

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About that reboot. I'm having great luck with...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 28, 2006 11:28 PM PDT
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Opening up the box, dusting it out and ESPECIALLY cleaning off the CPU heatsink. Make sure the fans on all parts are working and button it up.


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