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    Upgrade install over win98 advice (sp0)

    My college offers cheap winxp pro discs, legit for single home computer use as well as work machines. Only problem is they're upgrade discs only, and don't support clean installs. I currently have win98 on the box I want to upgrade.

    I was planning to wipe the disc, do a minimal install of win98, then run the winxp upgrade, specifying ntfs, in the hope that most vestiges of win98 would thus be wiped out. My only concern is if the upgrade takes its cue from the settings established in the win98 setup, should I set win98 up as I want it before I upgrade, or touch nothing after my minimal install and then set everything up in xp? I don't really understand the details of how the upgrade process works.

    All suggestions (except "go out and buy the full version" <img src=/S/broke.gif border=0 alt=broke width=31 height=23> ) gratefully accepted.

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    Re: Upgrade install over win98 advice (sp0)

    Mark,
    You can simply boot from the WinXP CD and do a clean install from there. You don't have to have 98 installed on your computer. When the XP install requests proof of a previous version, simply pop in the 98 CD and point the XP install to that location. XP will then verify, ask you to reinsert the XP CD and away you go.
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    Re: Upgrade install over win98 advice (sp0)

    Sadly I cannot. This must be a specially prepared CD, as it is not bootable, and any attempt to run setup from a command prompt (eg after using a win98 boot disc) returns "This program cannot be run in DOS mode", so it would appear that it really is an upgrade CD.

    Any more suggestions?

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    Re: Upgrade install over win98 advice (sp0)

    What program are you trying to run from DOS? To run XP setup from a command prompt, you must first make sure SMARTDRV.EXE is loaded, and then run i386winnt.exe. Everything else will give you the error you noted (Cannot run this program).

    Can you boot with other CDs on the same system, and just not the XP disc? Or is the non-booting applicable on to the XP install CD in this case?
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    Re: Upgrade install over win98 advice (sp0)

    Mark,
    My Win XP CD is also an "upgrade" version but I have booted from it and performed a clean install. To my knowledge, every legitimate Windows XP CD (full or upgrade) allows booting from the CD. To boot from the CD, you have to alter your BIOS settings to show your CD as the first boot device. Normally, the boot sequence is 1) floppy drive, 2) hard drive & 3) CD drive. Enter the BIOS setup when the machine is booting and change this sequence to allow booting from the CD. Depending on the manufacturer of your computer, you can enter this setup by pressing F2, DEL, ESC or another key as soon as the machine starts to boot. Once you have changed this, save the setup, shut down the computer and then restart with the XP CD in the drive.

    After you have installed XP, reset the boot sequence back to the original configuration.
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