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The Pentium II should work fine as long as it's 300Mhz or higher (233 is the
minimum), and you have at least 128 meg Ram (64 meg minimum), I'm assuming
that the 192mb is Ram so you should be ok there. As far as recommended
options, you can just do the standard install and add or remove options as
needed. You can upgrade over Windows 98 but keep in mind that you may
upgrade the OS and bring any issues with applications into Windows XP. The
best option for any new OS is a new Install on a clean machine. With your
current partitions you can install to the D drive but it will most likely
fill up after installing a few applications (files get written to system
folders when installing applications to the system even when you install the
application to another drive. It is recommended to install the OS to the C
drive. If this were my system, I would format the C and D drives leaving the
partitions as is. Then install Windows XP to the C Drive. It's an older
system so you may need to download and install some of the hardware drivers
to make the system usable (the modem or network card being the most
important). Turn on the firewall and download and install all of the
available updates to get the system secure. This may take several reboots
depending on what gets installed. Install your software (oldest software
first). You then may need to download updates for some of those software
applications to get them up to date. If you just wish to format and or
repartition you can insert the CD into the CD-Rom and reboot using the CD as
your boot drive (if your system bios support booting from a CD). If not, you
can boot using the Windows 98 startup disk and then run Winnt.exe from the
i386 folder on the Windows XP cd. You can partition the drive using the
Windows XP CD.
Hope this helps
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"GTT" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Have been a constant user of 98SE and my XP has sat in its unopened
> box now for about a year. Am wanting to try it out on my old computer
> which I use strictly as a backup.
> Pentium II mmx
> 192 mb
> 12 GB hard drive divided as follows
> C :10GB
> D: 2GB
> What are recommended options for installing XP?
> Can I install XP deleting all reference to W95 and W98?
> Can I install xp on the D drive having the Windows system files their
> and all my data and programs on C?
> Looking for different feedback on what YOU would do?
> If I just decide to reformat and start fresh what do I do. Can XP
> partition the drive after its formatted.