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    WinXP HOme (XP Home)

    I have a friend who has a Dell PC, 2 yrs old that has WinME installed on it. The PC is stand-alone and all they use it for is email, internet, letters and occasional digital photos. The OS is pretty badly trashed with garbage. He is asking me if I'll help him install WinXP Home on this PC. I've used various flavors of NT, Win2K and XP Pro on my business machines over the years. I'd like to make sure that he has a fresh install of XP Home on his machine. Not having used XP Home before, I'm wondering if it offers the same choice at bootup as the others, i.e., to install over the existing OS, or make a new install. If it won't let me make the fresh install, I assume (as with other NT based OSs) that I can format the drive with the WinXP Home CD and begin the install...? And when it asks for the qualifying OS to upgrade from, I can stick in the CD from either my friend's Win ME, or an old Win98 that I have for that purpose.

    Am I correct, or are there other surprises awaiting from XP Home?

    Thanks a lot for any suggestions.

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    Re: WinXP HOme (XP Home)

    Bob, You'll have the chance to format if you wish, or install over the existing. As long as the CD is a product CD and not an OEM recovery CD you'll be fine. I'd always recommend a clean install if possible. It may take a little longer as you have to reinstall all applications but you won't be bringing any trash with you. Be sure to back up data ahead of time. Also, make sure you've got XP drivers for the various peripherals.

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    Re: WinXP HOme (XP Home)

    Hi Joe,
    Yes, this will be a new "upgrade" CD that my friend will purchase. He and his wife just use the PC and are not into getting into the system at all. I wasn't sure if the WinXP Home might be more restrictive that the Pro version, with which I'm familar.

    Thanks for your reply.

    By the way, are you the Joe Perez in Santa Rosa, CA? Just wondering!

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    Re: WinXP HOme (XP Home)

    Bob, No, I live in th St Louis, MO. area. take a look at this for XP comparison: Which Edition Is Right for You?

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    Re: WinXP HOme (XP Home)

    Bob,
    As Joe said, do a fresh install of XP Home, use the CD's as verification of prior OS and Home will be perfect for your friend to use. Not necessary to use Pro at all for them.

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    Re: WinXP HOme (XP Home)

    Thanks for your input, Bob. Yes, I think getting them off of WinME will only help.

    Now if I get them to give up the AOL, then they might avoid additional hassles! <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

    Note: I spell my name backwards so as not to be confused with you... <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: WinXP HOme (XP Home)

    Great second thought <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15> No AOL. (that's also a Christmas Carol, isn't it? NoAOL, NoAOL) <img src=/S/groan.gif border=0 alt=groan width=16 height=15>

    Also glad you used the palindromic version of our name. Keeps things much clearer.

    Good Luck with the upgrade.

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