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TOTALLY deleting WIN98


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#1 namagodai

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Posted 01 May 2005 - 03:34 PM

How do I get to the boot menu before my desktop shows up on the screen? I want to TOTALLY delete windows 98SE and install Windows XP Pro on a fresh EMPTY SYSTEM. How do I do this? Please, someone help.

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Posted 01 May 2005 - 07:42 PM

These are the steps:
1. Run Microsoft Windows XP upgrade advisor to check if your system is suitable for XP Pro.

2. In Win98SE go to the Control Panel start Add/Remove Programs and click the 'Startup Disk' tab and make a startup floppy.

3. Backup anything you still want from the old system because it won't be there when you've finished. Address book? Favourites? ISP configuration?

4. Boot from the startup floppy (with or without CDROM support) and at the A: prompt type "FORMAT C:" without the quotes. If you are sure answer "Y" to the warning.

5.When the format has finished reboot the PC and hit the Del (or Delete) key or whatever your system uses to access the BIOS. Set the First boot device to be CDROM.

6. Put your WinXP Pro CD in the drive and reboot. this will start the windows XP installation process.

Let us know how you go

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Posted 01 May 2005 - 08:20 PM

Windows XP Upgrade Advisor > http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/upg...ng/advisor.mspx

Please read this update notice in its entirety.

Be advised it is a 50MB download also.
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Posted 01 May 2005 - 09:58 PM

Cripes! didn't realise it was 50MB. I've always had the upgrade advisors on CD's from PC Magazines, filesize (now that I look) 32MB. Still a very hefty download.

How useful it is depends on how old the PC is and how much pain it will be if some components don't work. It's your decision whether you think it worth the effort of downloading it.

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 08:01 AM

Try Belarc Advisor. Run that and the results will be shown in an Internet Explorer window. Go to File>Save As and save that window as a text file. Copy that text file and post the result here. That will give us enough info to determine if you need to upgrade anything before trying to install XP.

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