Installing windows xp pro

Hello, I want install windows XP Pro, I was told I may have to upgrade my motherboard before I can install it.
Motherboard: Gigabyte BX2000
CPU: Pentium III
Memory: 196MB Ram
Running Win98SE

My questions are. Can I install WinXP on this computer?
Do I install winXP from within win98? Or do I have to re-format my HDD and then install winXP?
Do I have to upgrade my motherboard to run WinXP?

Help!
James
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  1. Have you even tried to install it in your pc?

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  2. Quote:

    Do I install winXP from within win98? Or do I have to re-format my HDD and then install winXP?


    Yes, you can install XP from 98SE. But it would be better if you would do a clean install of windows XP.

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    Then you must be born <b>UPSIDE DOWN</b>.</font color=red>
  3. No I didn't try because I was told that I might need to upgrade my motherboard.
  4. Can I use my win98 boot disk to re-format my HDD or do I have to have a winXP boot disk?
  5. If your motherboard can boot from cd, you don't need a boot disk. Everything is on the XP cd to format your hard drive. If your motherboard won't boot from cd:

    <A HREF="http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;310994" target="_new">Obtaining Windows XP Setup Boot Disks</A>

    However, (and I might be wrong here, someone throw me a bone) I think that XP recomends at least 256mb of RAM. You might want to upgrade your RAM, at the very least

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  6. i have seen several systems like yours running xp pro,maybe a little slow for me but the people using them are happy
    and as already said a fresh install is the way to go if in your bios you can alter the 1st boot up device to cd,which i think you can
    regards waggers
  7. Klutz, that the info I needed and I will be adding memory to my system.
    Thanks
    lordjt
  8. wagger, Thanks for your help I will do a fresh install and yes I can alter the 1st boot up device to cd.

    lordjt
  9. Yes - do the clean install from the XP Pro CD, reformat - and please add more memory - XP doesn't really streach it's legs untill 1/2 gig or so.


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  10. Thanks Jake, I will be adding more memory to my computer for winXP. Will the WinXP have the utilities needed to partition add format the HDD?
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