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Win 98 To Win/xp How to.?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Lucas Pitass, Sep 13, 2004.

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  1. Lucas Pitass

    Lucas Pitass Thread Starter

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    Ok guys, I have to remind you that I don't know alot about computers. So I was wondering When I go and buy the winxp cd what do i have to do to get it up and running on my comp. When I put in the cd will there be a easy step by step process that I can run through on how to do it? Or will there be a bunch of commands and really complicated. Anything I should know about before I install winxp ( or try) ?
     
  2. I Fix 4 U

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    remember that you should back up personal files b/c installing will erase your harddrive to make way for xp. WinXP should auto erase all data on your computer and setup should be quite ez. just keep that in mind. basically you put the cd in and the installer is quite ez.
     
  3. Old Rich

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    Prior to installing, enter BIOS ( Setup ) and make sure the CD/ROM the first boot device. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB.

    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 partitions and recreate the ones you want and 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.

    This is a good guide to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print it for reference during the install.

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean.asp

    as is this: http://www.doverproductions.com

    You will have to reload drivers and applications, After the installation, you will need to download and install the MicroSoft Critical Updates. Alternately, this would be a good time to install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you enable the XP firewall.

    If you want to save your files and settings from the win98 installation, you can use the XP Files and Settings Transfer (FAST) wizard to create an image of them and save to cd or other removable media. This is a good guide to using the FAST wizard

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_fstw.asp

    Good luck and have fun . . wrs
     
  4. I Fix 4 U

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    that will work for a normal install. i also know a secret about the I386 or I686 folder too :) . great option for geeks who want more out of your box so inquire if you wanna take this up a notch.
     
  5. Lucas Pitass

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    K thxs guys
     
  6. I Fix 4 U

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    should i mark this solved?
     
  7. Old Rich

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    I'll bite . . what is the secret?

    wrs
     
  8. I Fix 4 U

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    (this is for a clean install, all files will be erased)
    just like for windows 98 the win98 folder with the cabs file, contains the whole operating system. in windows xp there is a folder called i686 or i386 which contains all the system files. basically copy that folder to a disk and repartition your harddrive (one large ntfs partition if you ask me). format it. copy the folder back to the harddrive, eject the cd, go to the directory on the harddrive and type setup. its a geeky way and doesnt really need to be done but it will help out in the future. inquire for more detailed instructions if you want to try this method or need help.
     
  9. Lucas Pitass

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    What kind of drivers would I need for a MSI K7N2G?
     
  10. I Fix 4 U

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    basically go to the manufacturers website and follow the instructions there. what device is that you speak of?
     
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