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  1. fren

    fren Thread Starter

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    Greetings!

    I upgraded my pc from WinME to WinXP. When I performed a disk cleanup, I found "Windows 98/ME Installation Files" option in the "Files to delete" window box. Is it also possible to delete this option?

    One more thing:

    Can I perform a WinXP clean install over FAT 32 file instead of NTFS file system? In this case, I can be able to change my OS anytime without restrictions.

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. fhaslangka

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    Yes you can install into a fat32 although ntfs is much better....
     
  3. Saga Lout

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    As Fhaslangka has said, NTFS is the better file system for XP but I foresee a problem here. You upgraded so your XP disk won't necessarily allow you to reinstall because it won't, in itself, have a boot up facility so to reinstall, you may have to go back to ME, so it wouldn't be wise to delete those old files just yet. In fact, if you have a '98 or ME boot up floppy, keep it handy.
     
  4. fren

    fren Thread Starter

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    Hello fhaslangka and Saga Lout,

    Follow up inquiry:

    If I'll format my old WinME operating system and do a WinXP clean install by using FAT 32 file system, can I go back again to my old OS and what startup disk should I use to reformat the hard disk?

    Thanks!!!
     
  5. Saga Lout

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    Your best bet is the '98 or ME boot up floppy disks and at the A:\ prompt type format c:\ /s and this will prepare the hard drive for use as a system disk on a FAT 32 file system. XP will sit quite happily on FAT32 but if you partition your hard drive (using FDISK on the boot up floppy) you can then format the other partition in NTFS if you wish.
     
  6. fren

    fren Thread Starter

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    Hi Saga Lout,

    Ok, nice explanation! I'll try!!!

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge with me..

    Thank you
     
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