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Upgrading to XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Coorslite, Jan 24, 2002.

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  1. Coorslite

    Coorslite Thread Starter

    Jan 3, 2002
    I am upgrading to xp from me, but can I retain my files, shortcuts on desktop and programs? If I'm not happy with XP can I downgrade back to ME and retain my files and programs? I know there are comatability issues with XP, but is it a stable O/S. I'm not that happy with ME too many reboots. Would like to hear feedback from XP users, much thanks, Larry
  2. BugMaster


    Jul 29, 2001
    I have XP. Here is a big hint. HAVE TWO PARTITIONS OR PHYSICAL DRIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have had to reformat my C: drive 12 times already, but have not had one XP related crash. (Norton SystemWorks can spell trouble.) You can easily retain your files, but to get the best results, you need to format your drive. The XP CD has a files and settings transfer wizard, which imports your files from a backup it creates on either another disk or some removable media. You can try the upgrade, but I tried that 4 times, and each time it failed. Miserably. You can revert to ME from an Upgrade Install only. In order to revert otherwise, you need more than one partition, and you can either install XP there and dual-boot, or copy ME there as a backup to restore. Best Idea - do that, a backup to CDs, AND a drive image with Norton Ghost or something similar (a full drive image, not just a snapshot.) XP is ultra reliable, and very compatible. Just be sure to select your File System carefully - not possible to revert from NTFS.
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