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Windows XP: Can I upgrade from 98 with full (not upgrade) disc?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by chinc, Feb 18, 2004.

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  1. chinc

    chinc Thread Starter

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    Like the topic says, trying to upgrade to windows xp - abit with a "full install" disc. So far I've not figured out how to do this, or if it's even possible. I tried inserting the disc while in windows 98, but it didn't give me an option to upgrade.
     
  2. Couriant

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    You need to reboot the machine with the Windows XP CD inside. Make sure your machine can support El Torito. All computers nowadays does. (El Torito is when the CD boots first) To make sure, go to the BIOS screen and change the boot sequence to CD in first place. Restart with the CD in and you're good to go.
     
  3. bobol

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    Is full XP version install really an upgrade though? Upgrade would be the cheaper version of XP i'd assume.
    Seems like dual boot assistance you seek if you intend keeping Win98?If not, why not just uninstall 98 and then install full XP cleanly? Experts correct me if I'm likely sadly mistaken on my assumptions.
     
  4. chinc

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    That's all fine and dandy - but I'm trying to upgrade with full disc. Even if I boot to it, there is no option to upgrade.
     
  5. dai

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    you clean install booting from the cd
    you upgrade by putting the disk in after you have computer up and running
    a clean install will avoid problems later on
     
  6. bobol

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    err, my point was yes, its the full XP you have. But being the full version you aren't upgrading from win98, you are replacing win98 fully!
    Having an upgrade XP version would require that win98 be installed on your system to UPGRADE from. But you have the full version of XP you say,therefore your current win98 doesn't need to be there and, hopefully someone else will correct me if I'm mistaken, perhaps you should totally remove win98 from your system then freshly install the full XP on the formatted system drive.[after backing up your important files of course]
     
  7. dai

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    the only difference between an upgrade version and a full version,is the upgrade will askyou to insert your previous operating system disk to verify you are entitled to the upgrade.
    you can install on a clean h/d the upgade will just ask you to insert the previous disk
     
  8. bobol

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    ahh...i did not know that Dai,does the full version give chinc the option to reformat and remove his old installed 98 too?curious-

    Also can you help me in my thread Dai- its up now..noones helping me-its an ez one-called Notepad Shortcut Vanished.
    Thanksin advance
     
  9. chinc

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    dai: I know that, but it's not working when I do this
    bobol: You got the reply that wasn't mean for you, I was talking to the person before you.
    I don't have an install handy, only the full version. And I get wholesale prices anyways.
    If I needed to do a clean install I'd just do that, but I have to upgrade because well... I have to.
     
  10. bobol

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    oh ok....is the install a seperate cd? I thought it was all included in one cd. I thought 'only' the full version would get you all set by itself, at least thats what I've seen. I'm confused why 98 has to be there, otherwise I'd try and give you any small assistance possible.
     
  11. dai

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    this is pasted from the readme file on the xp cd
    1.5 Upgrading vs. Installing a New Copy
    ======================================================================

    After you start the Windows XP Setup Wizard, one of the first
    decisions you have to make is whether to upgrade your current
    operating system or to perform an entirely new installation. During
    the setup process, you must choose between upgrading or installing a
    new copy of Windows (a "clean install").

    During an upgrade, the Windows XP Setup Wizard replaces existing
    Windows files but preserves your existing settings and applications.
    Some applications might not be compatible with Windows XP Professional
    and therefore might not function properly after an upgrade. You can
    upgrade to Windows XP Professional from the following
    operating systems:

    * Windows 98 (all versions)
    * Windows Millennium Edition
    * Windows NT 4.0 Workstation (Service Pack 6 and later)
    * Windows 2000 Professional (including service packs)
    * Windows XP Home Edition

    If your computer is currently running an unsupported operating
    system, you must install a new copy. The wizard installs Windows XP
    Professional in a new folder. After the installation is complete, you
    will have to reinstall applications and reset your preferences.

    You should UPGRADE if all You should INSTALL a new copy
    of the following are true: if any of the following are true:
    ========================= ==============================

    You're already using an earlier Your hard disk is blank.
    version of Windows that
    supports upgrading.

    - and - - or -

    You want to replace your Your current operating system
    Windows operating doesn't support an upgrade to
    system with Windows XP. Windows XP.

    - and - - or -

    You want to keep your existing You already use an operating
    files and preferences. system, but you don't want to
    keep your existing files and
    preferences, so that you
    can cleanly install.

    If you want to modify the way the wizard installs Windows XP
    Professional, click Advanced Options, and then perform any of the
    following tasks:

    * Change the default location of the setup files.
    * Store system files in a folder other than the default folder
    (\Windows).
    * Copy the installation files from the CD to the hard disk.
    * Select the partition on which to install Windows XP Professional.

    Unless you're an advanced user, you should use the default settings.
     
  12. chinc

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    Sorry if I'm not being clear. I'm going to restate what I'm trying to do:

    I would like to upgrade from windows 98 to windows XP pro using a full xp pro disc, NOT an upgrade disc. I do not have an upgrade disc handy, and I've already paid for the full version.

    I have tried:
    - Inserting the disc into the machine with windows 98 running. Normally it should pop up a message asking if you want to run a full install, or an upgrade. In this case, I only got the option for a full install.

    - Booting to the disc. Says it will overwrite the previous verion of windows.

    I'm wondering if there is a trick it to do an upgrade instead of a full install.
     
  13. SacsTC

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    Chinc,
    You need an upgrade disc to do what you are stating you want to do. Another option would be to buy a new HD, put XP Pro on that then put your win 98 HD in as slave. You then can copy/paste any folders etc that you want to keep over to the new disk. Unfortunately, you also have to reload all Apps that you currently use.
     
  14. dai

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    Just out of curiosity, are you looking to keep Windows 98 as well as have Windows XP too?
     
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