Solved: upgrading to Windows XP professional

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Larssons

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While trying to upgrade from Windows 98SE to XP professional I get a compatibility message that says upgrade is blocked because my HPT366 ultra ATA/66 IDE controller is not compatible. Is there anything I can do, such as a driver upgrade?
 
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You can take the controller card out and connect the hard drive to the motherboard IDE to get thru the install . . then look around for a current driver for the card. . if you can't find one, probably will have to buy a new one.

You are performing a clean install? . . Installing XP over the top of win98 is asking for problems.
 

Larssons

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I was going to upgrade from Windows 98, but a clean install is an option. Maybe this is a stupid question, but, what does the controller card look like (ie: in a pci slot, or connected to the mother board?) If I remove it and install Windows XP will the computer boot up. I think I already have an updated driver for it that is designed for Win XP and 2000, but don't know if I should update the driver before or after the XP install.
 

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You really don't want to upgrade from W98, especially if this is hardware that's old enough to have an ancient IDE controller.

A clean install is always preferable to an upgrade, but I suspect that would be problematic with this hardware too.
 

Larssons

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Thanks, I will just add a bigger hard drive and a little more memory. I was really just trying to upgrade it a little for my nephew.
 
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