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June 29, 2005 5:42:20 PM

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I am wondering if I could format the HD by using the WinXP CD Upgrade
version instead of the Win98 floppy . If this is posible can anyone
tell me how? Thanks
Eddy :) 


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Anonymous
June 29, 2005 5:42:21 PM

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In news:Eddy.1ref1q@pcbanter.net,
Eddy <Eddy.1ref1q@pcbanter.net> typed:

> I am wondering if I could format the HD by using the WinXP CD
> Upgrade
> version instead of the Win98 floppy . If this is posible can
> anyone
> tell me how? Thanks


Of course you can, and that's the way you generally should do it.
If you want ntfs, you can *not* use a Windows 98 floppy.

Just boot from the Windows XP CD (change the BIOS boot order if
necessary to accomplish this) and follow the prompts for a clean
installation (delete the existing partition by pressing "D" when
prompted, then create a new one).

You can find detailed instructions here:
http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

or here http://windowsxp.mvps.org/XPClean.htm

or here http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/clean_install.htm


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Anonymous
June 29, 2005 6:28:28 PM

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"How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows XP"
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;313348

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"Eddy" <Eddy.1ref1q@pcbanter.net> wrote in message
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>
> I am wondering if I could format the HD by using the WinXP CD Upgrade
> version instead of the Win98 floppy . If this is posible can anyone
> tell me how? Thanks
> Eddy :) 
>
>
> --
> Eddy
Anonymous
June 29, 2005 11:53:04 PM

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Eddy wrote:
> I am wondering if I could format the HD by using the WinXP CD Upgrade
> version instead of the Win98 floppy .


Certainly.


> If this is posible can anyone
> tell me how? Thanks
> Eddy :) 
>
>


In fact, it's quite possible to perform a clean installation using
the Upgrade CD, provided you have the true installation CD for the
earlier OS.

Simply boot from the WinXP Upgrade CD. You'll be offered the
opportunity to delete, create, and format partitions as part of the
installation process. The Upgrade CD checks to see if a qualifying OS
is installed, and, if it finds none, it asks you to insert the
installation media (CD) of that OS. Unfortunately, an OEM
"Recovery/Restore" CD will not work for this purpose; you must have a
true installation CD, complete with the "\Win98" folder and *.cab
files, or the "\i386" folder of WinNT/2K.

Alternatively, or especially if all you have is an OEM Recovery CD
for the earlier OS, you can even start the upgrade from within the
current Win98/Me/NT/2K installation, and still elect to perform a
clean installation, to include formatting the drive. In this case,
there's no further request for the qualifying OS's installation CD,
because the installation routing "remembers" that you started from
within the qualifying OS. This process is more time-consuming, but
you get the same results: a clean installation of WinXP.

WinXP is designed to install and upgrade the existing operating
system while simultaneously preserving your applications and data, and
translating as many personalized settings as possible. The process is
designed to be, and normally is, quite painless. That said, things
can go wrong, in a small number of cases. If your data is at all
important to you, back it up before proceeding.

Have you made sure that your PC's hardware components are capable
of supporting WinXP? This information will be found at the PC's
manufacturer's web site, and on Microsoft's Windows Catalog:
(http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hcl/default.mspx) Additionally, run
Microsoft WinXP Upgrade Advisor to see if you have any incompatible
hardware components or applications.

You should, before proceeding, take a few minutes to ensure that
there are WinXP device drivers available for all of the machine's
components. There may not be, if the PC was specifically designed for
Win98/Me. Also bear in mind that PCs designed for, sold and run fine
with Win9x/Me very often do not meet WinXP's much more stringent
hardware quality requirements. This is particularly true of many
models in Compaq's consumer-class Presario product line or HP's
consumer-class Pavilion product line. WinXP, like WinNT and Win2K
before it, is quite sensitive to borderline defective or substandard
hardware (particularly motherboards, RAM and hard drives) that will
still support Win9x.

HOW TO Prepare to Upgrade Win98 or WinMe
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q316639

Upgrading to Windows XP
http://aumha.org/win5/a/xpupgrad.htm


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