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Possible Upgrade to OS Using CD-ROM Drive

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#1 Anonix


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Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:24 PM

I have an old notebook that I want to upgrade from Windows ME to Windows XP with Service Pack III. I haven't used this computer in a very long while, but it has the best keyboard I have ever used, so it might not be a bad idea to keep it as a 'backup' computer. I need to upgrade the OS for security reasons (current browsers do not work with Windows ME).

How will I know whether the Windows XP CDs will work in the CD ROM in this old computer? I ask, because a couple of CDs I tried to play I got some kind of error message (missing .dll etc.). I think one of them said 'this requires a newer operating system'. I guess that happened with software I was trying to install, so maybe that error message is not relevant.

I don't want to buy Windows XP only to find out that there is some kind of compatibility or readability issue because I am using a 10 year old CD ROM.

This is an old Sony VAio (PCG-FX215) that was purchased around 1998 (I am not positive of the date). It has a Hitachi DVD-ROM GD-S200.

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