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#1 monkpart9

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 01:15 PM

Aright so I was wondering If i would be able to upgrade my operating system from Windows MIllenium to Windows XP or maybe one with less flaws :thumbsup: . If anyone can tell me how to do this or howi would get started That would be great, any help would be much appreciated.
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Posted 19 August 2007 - 02:58 PM

It's possible to go from ME to XP, but I always prefer a clean install over an upgrade. Backup your data, format, and install a full working version of XP, and restore your data. Sounds simple, but there is always a few hiccups along the road when doing this. Knowing your computer specs would be helpful in determining if the XP is capable of running on this computer. Please post your computer specs.(Make, Model, Memory, Hard Disk Size etc.)
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Posted 19 August 2007 - 03:46 PM

I have many computers I have upgraded from 9x\ME to XP over the years. In the last year I have converted most (All but one) from XP Home to Windows 2000 Professional.
Windows 2000 Pro is more expensive than XP Pro but is uses far less resources and is more stable. Most of my computers are P-III 450Mhz or 500Mhz and they run very well with Windows 2000 Pro. the only thing i would recommend as far as hardware is you upgrade your RAM to 512Mb of RAM. With all of the secruity needed to protect ones computer 512 is bare minimum for almost any computer.
I agree with JoshuaCat that it is better to clean install rather than use an upgrade.
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Posted 19 August 2007 - 09:16 PM

Aright well I have a compaq presario with a celeron processor wih 700mhz, 64mb of total system memory, a 15 GB hard drive, and 127MB of ram.Tel me if im leaving anything out Joshua Cat. Thanks everyone.
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Posted 19 August 2007 - 10:33 PM

With those specs I would install Windows 2000, it takes less resources than the XP and is still the best operating system M$ has produced...imho. XP will run on that computer, but with only 128MB RAM it will be slow, most people will tell you that you need at least 512MB of RAM to make XP run right.

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 12:07 AM

128mb of RAM will be ok for W2k, but $15 and install another 128mb stick of RAM would be better.
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Posted 20 August 2007 - 12:15 AM

So the windows 2000, isnt the same as windows millenium? hmm. thanks dc3. Acklan, I may actually be interested in installing another stick of ram but is it hard to do? would I have to do alot of dissasembly/reassembly of my computer?

Edited by monkpart9, 20 August 2007 - 12:20 AM.

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 12:16 AM

oh and whats the best brand of ram "sticks" or whatever the part is I should buy?

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 12:19 AM

No, not at all. To install RAM you may not even need a tool, depending if you case cover screws or clips closed.
What model Compaq do you have?
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Posted 20 August 2007 - 01:14 AM

I believe its a Compaq Presario 5000.
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Posted 20 August 2007 - 07:44 AM

There should be another number describing the computer, such as 5001 or 5000c. The number 5000 describes the class not just one computer.
I can get you the diagrams with the exact model number.
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Posted 20 August 2007 - 11:17 AM

well, theres this Set of numbers/letters----> 5BW250 does that mean anything?
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Posted 20 August 2007 - 11:27 AM

Here you go Brother. How to install RAM
Here is the main link to the different articles about your computer. Compaq Presario 5BW250 Desktop PC

If it were me, that is a nice computer I would go with 2-256mb stick of RAM. Have fun.
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Posted 20 August 2007 - 12:42 PM

jees man thanks, I really appriciate all this. Also Do you know where I could get a copy of the operating system Windows 2000?

Thanks again!
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Posted 20 August 2007 - 01:26 PM

I normally get copies from ebay. Here is an example http://cgi.ebay.com/Microsoft-Windows-2000...mdZViewItem You can also find the oem version, but it might cost more.

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