Help w/ XP Home from Win ME

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I've two computers: Upstairs (new) hp pavilion a650y using Win XP Home
Edition, and Downstairs (old) Gateway, using Win ME. I use a Wireless
Linksys router w/ an adapter for downstairs to connect the two. I also
purchased Win XP Home upgrade, which is supposed to change the downstairs'
Win ME into Win XP Home. I had many problems and it was suggested that I do
a clean install of Win XP. So, by using the Upgrade XP CD, I tried to get
rid of Win ME on the downstairs, and install only XP. The end result was,
for reasons I'm still not sure: First, I had to reinstall my router adapter
downstairs, because XP wouldn't detect it, then, after installation, my
wireless router kept kicking off line about every minute I'd lose the
connection. After frustration, I then re-installed Win Me by the
Restoration disks (specifically disk #2) of the three disks. Now, I have no
sound or I detect slight sound in the background that's a carry over from
XP. Why would that be happening when ME does, I thought, a completer format
of the hard drive? Anyway, can someone help me either get rid of Win Me,
and format the C drive, then install XP by the upgrade disk, or, now that
I've re-installed ME, find out why I haven't sound, correct it, find out why
I was always kicked off line on my wireless router, correct it, and either
before all this or after all this, re-install XP's upgrade, and in the end,
have my downstairs computer (Gateway), connected wirelessly to my upstairs
computer, both using Windows XP Home Edition, SP-2, and my wireless
router/adapter combination working well? Please help.


Also: Bottom line: At this point, after so many re-installations of Win ME
and Win XP Home Upgrade, I want to completely reformat my hard drive,
completely clean is off nada there, and then re-install either Win Me then
XP's Upgrade, or, if there's a way, use XP's Upgrade for a clean install.
Can anyone Advise?


P.S. Is there away in DOS to do a complete format of C: drive?
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    Did you create a Windows ME startup disk? If you have one, restart the
    system with the Windows ME startup disk...this will bring you to a DOS
    prompt. Type C: and hit Enter. Then type Format C: and hit enter. This will
    format your C: drive. If you have a D: drive I would suggest formatting it
    also.

    If you want to clean install Windows XP with your Windows XP upgrade CD you
    will have to have a Windows 98 or Windows ME CD...it will prompt you for one
    of these CD's during the installation of XP home.

    "Gary W. Plourde Sr." wrote:

    > I've two computers: Upstairs (new) hp pavilion a650y using Win XP Home
    > Edition, and Downstairs (old) Gateway, using Win ME. I use a Wireless
    > Linksys router w/ an adapter for downstairs to connect the two. I also
    > purchased Win XP Home upgrade, which is supposed to change the downstairs'
    > Win ME into Win XP Home. I had many problems and it was suggested that I do
    > a clean install of Win XP. So, by using the Upgrade XP CD, I tried to get
    > rid of Win ME on the downstairs, and install only XP. The end result was,
    > for reasons I'm still not sure: First, I had to reinstall my router adapter
    > downstairs, because XP wouldn't detect it, then, after installation, my
    > wireless router kept kicking off line about every minute I'd lose the
    > connection. After frustration, I then re-installed Win Me by the
    > Restoration disks (specifically disk #2) of the three disks. Now, I have no
    > sound or I detect slight sound in the background that's a carry over from
    > XP. Why would that be happening when ME does, I thought, a completer format
    > of the hard drive? Anyway, can someone help me either get rid of Win Me,
    > and format the C drive, then install XP by the upgrade disk, or, now that
    > I've re-installed ME, find out why I haven't sound, correct it, find out why
    > I was always kicked off line on my wireless router, correct it, and either
    > before all this or after all this, re-install XP's upgrade, and in the end,
    > have my downstairs computer (Gateway), connected wirelessly to my upstairs
    > computer, both using Windows XP Home Edition, SP-2, and my wireless
    > router/adapter combination working well? Please help.
    >
    >
    >
    > Also: Bottom line: At this point, after so many re-installations of Win ME
    > and Win XP Home Upgrade, I want to completely reformat my hard drive,
    > completely clean is off nada there, and then re-install either Win Me then
    > XP's Upgrade, or, if there's a way, use XP's Upgrade for a clean install.
    > Can anyone Advise?
    >
    >
    >
    > P.S. Is there away in DOS to do a complete format of C: drive?
    >
    >
    >
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