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2K Pro to XP Pro - help

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by II_DeLo_II, Jan 30, 2007.

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  1. II_DeLo_II

    II_DeLo_II Thread Starter

    Jan 30, 2007
    Just trying to get some general information on the best way to proceed.

    I have 2K Pro and XP (2002, does not include SP 2) Pro Upgrade CDs (with XP key) and a 15 GB HD with only one partition. My system is up to date and will support XP.

    I reinstalled 2K fresh to get rid of unwanted programs, spyware, junk, etc. I then used the XP Pro upgrade CD, however I didn't "upgrade" to XP, I did a clean install. Needless to say, the clean install didn't remove Windows 2K from my computer.

    Keeping in mind that I want to do a clean install (well, I NEED to do a clean install because I formatted my HD) I have the following questions:

    1. Should I run 2K updates and SP's before upgrading to XP?
    2. Is it better to upgrade from 2K to XP or is it better to do the clean install?
    3. If it's better to do the clean install, is there a way to remove 2K from my system completely?

    I don't want to keep 2K (after having installed XP) on there because I have to select which OS I want to load when I boot up my computer (just another step to worry about). I wasn't sure if the upgrade was reliable or if the clean install was a better option. Any recommendations? Thanks!
  2. ace_coffee


    Oct 26, 2006
    are you planning on reformatting the drive again? I'd would do a clean install of XP right from the start. There are options to delete any partitions and reformat during setup of XP, so you will not have 2K on the drive at all. You can then download SP2 for XP
  3. Old Rich

    Old Rich

    Jan 17, 2003
    A clean install is by far the better option . . To perform a clean install, you need to boot from the XP install CD . . to do that, enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

    If you are using an upgrade version installation CD, you'll also need a CD with an older operating system ( Windows 98SE or Windows ME ) to complete the install. Also Make sure you have the 25-digit product code for the Windows XP CD.

    Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

    That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

    If you do not get that message, and you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

    If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:


    This is a site that walks you thru a simulated XP installation:

    These are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.


    You will likely have to reload drivers (Chipset first) and applications, Since your XP installation disc does not include SP2, after the installation, you will need to download and install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you enable the XP firewall.

    For help entering BIOS: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
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