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Win 98 To Win Xp Home


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#1 xpiswhyilikemax

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 05:58 PM

hello again
tho the box runs fine with 98; my daughter likes the funtionality of the XP O/S
how much trouble is it to off load the 98 & replace it with XP ?
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Posted 26 September 2006 - 10:41 PM

Actually, if you buy the Upgrade version of XP, its extremely simple. Just pop the cd in and follow the prompts. You don't even have to remove 98.

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 12:11 AM

If you upgrade to XP go with XP Pro instead of XP Home. XP Home is almost at the end of it's live with Microsoft. XP Pro, being a commerical operating sytem, with be supported by Microsoft for another 5 years.
While Gary335's advice is sound and good I would recommend buying a OEM or retail full version. When you install the full version it will format and install XP with little prompting. One item to note. When installing either it will ask if you want to use FAT32 ot NTFS. Select NTSF, it is a better format. I provided a few links that I thought my help you.


http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=316639
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/up...ing/matrix.mspx
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Posted 27 September 2006 - 08:59 AM

You also need to see if your computer and all its components are XP compatable - not all that came with W98 are.

Windows XP Pro Advisor (will inform you if Win XP Pro will be able to be installed on your computer)
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/upg...ng/advisor.mspx

Windows XP Home Advisor
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/up...ng/advisor.mspx

I agree that you should buy a retail version of XO Pro as acklan advised but whether you buy Pro or Home buy a retail version - not an oem version.
The simple reason for that is that the computer you are going to install it on is old, and if you get the oem version which is cheaper, you will not be allowed to transfer it to another computer (or motherboard for that matter).

Pro is far more capable as far as security goes and has five more years of Microsoft Extended Support (critical updates, etc) than Home will have, so that alone makes it worth the difference in price.

Good luck.




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