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February 19, 2005 2:45:05 PM

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I have a Presario 1700 (17XL365) that came with ME. 2 partitions, C and D,
(D must be the restore)
ME stinks and I want to put XP Pro (or W2K) on this machine.
Right now the machine barely runs and I don't want to go spend $2000 on a
new one if I don't have to.
I have saved all my drivers using the MyDrivers utility I found on the web.

I really don't know how to go about this, I would like to wipe the hard
drive, but still have a couple partitions on it.

Anybody done things like this and could give me any advice, walkthrus, etc ?

I realize it probably isn't that tough, but I've never done this before and
I have a great deal of trepidation that I will do something that I can't get
out of. I really don't want to spend 3 days reading books/articles/etc.
telling me how to do this in theory, and it would take a week to track done
all this information before I felt comfortable with it.

I see the drives are fat32, if that makes any difference.

Thanks for any help and your indulgance.

Mike

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February 20, 2005 11:26:11 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

Whatever you do, use XP (Pro or Home). Installing as OS older than your
hardware can get troublesome. XP has a vastly larger native driver database.
If you ever want to reinstall the original software image, leave the D:
partition alone.
HH

"Mike" <mberger@skypoint.com> wrote in message
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>I have a Presario 1700 (17XL365) that came with ME. 2 partitions, C and D,
> (D must be the restore)
> ME stinks and I want to put XP Pro (or W2K) on this machine.
> Right now the machine barely runs and I don't want to go spend $2000 on a
> new one if I don't have to.
> I have saved all my drivers using the MyDrivers utility I found on the
> web.
>
> I really don't know how to go about this, I would like to wipe the hard
> drive, but still have a couple partitions on it.
>
> Anybody done things like this and could give me any advice, walkthrus, etc
> ?
>
> I realize it probably isn't that tough, but I've never done this before
> and
> I have a great deal of trepidation that I will do something that I can't
> get
> out of. I really don't want to spend 3 days reading books/articles/etc.
> telling me how to do this in theory, and it would take a week to track
> done
> all this information before I felt comfortable with it.
>
> I see the drives are fat32, if that makes any difference.
>
> Thanks for any help and your indulgance.
>
> Mike
>
>
!