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    install winXP

    hi
    i have a cpu which runs winnt. I would like to use winxp. Im not an IT expert but I would like to try to do it myself. I need some guidelines. May I know whats the step tht i need to do?isit necessary to reformat the hard drive or just intall to to upgrade to winxp??pls guide me....im appreciate of yr help. <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45>

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    Re: install winXP

    Paul Thurrott's site has a good guide to upgrading to Windows XP. For you I recommend that you check the following sections of his guide
    Windows XP Installation and Upgrade Overview
    Using the Windows XP Upgrade Advisor
    Using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard
    Upgrading to Windows XP Pro from Windows NT/2000

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    Re: install winXP

    Hi tony
    Thanks for your help. Yes, I find it very useful. Btw, may i know whats the differents between winxp pro and winxp home edition?

    b redgs

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    Re: install winXP

    The following Microsfot link may help answer that question.
    Windows XP comparison guide

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    Re: install winXP

    See for example the thread starting at <post#=314913>post 314913</post#>, you'll find several links.

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    Re: install winXP

    Tks for the attachement. Btw, B4 i could install, first, i would like to format my hard disk. May i know how to go into the MSDOS command prompt so tht i can run the fdisk and format it..is there any command to go in straight into msdos command?
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    Re: install winXP

    Thk u for the attachment. Do you know how to go to msdos bcoz i would like to run fdisk n format....pls b guided..
    thk u

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    Re: install winXP

    No need to format ahead of time. As part of installing XP you should get the option to format.

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    Re: install winXP

    Thks for replying.
    I had tried the installing part but the msg popup saying my winnt version to be install in to v5 bcoz currently i have is v4. So why cant the xp still accept the installation since its winnt?i don understand. Thts y i hv to go to msdos to deletes all the current winnt and format it. this gives me so frustrated. Besides to msdos, is there any other way to deletes n format my hard disk?pls help <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45> <img src=/S/crybaby.gif border=0 alt=crybaby width=15 height=15>

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    Re: install winXP

    1) Do you have a Windows XP CD?
    2) Do you have the machine BIOS set to be able to <big>BOOT</big> from the CD?

    If the answer to both of those is YES, you should insert the Windows CD and re-boot the machine. The Windows XP CD should take over and as stated, you should get the option to format during the process.

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    Re: install winXP

    hi there,
    yes, i hv xp cd and about tht BIOS, how can I know if I hv this machine?May i know where to check if my machine hv bios?Even if my machine dont hv bios, when i inserted the winxp cd, its prompt me a msg stated my winnt had old version. My machine currently running winnt v4. But is it true tht the winxp cd only can install v5?Pls advise. <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45>
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    Re: install winXP

    First thing, can you please avoid writing in an abbreviated style. This is not an sms forum - you do not pay extra for having to use capital letters, spaces between words and all of the letters a word contains. Apart from that, it is extremely irrating, ambiguous and generally makes life difficult for those you are expecting to help you.

    I would say your pc must have a BIOS - it is the basic software to make your computer work before it can load whatever operating system you wish to run. Check the documentation that came with your computer as it should explain how to access the BIOS on startup - usually by hitting a key such as Delete.

    Here are some references for you to help you understand:
    How BIOS works.
    Bios Central
    Everything you wanted to know about BIOS

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    Re: install winXP

    Firstly, Im apologised on using the abbreviation instead of a word.
    Ok, I will check the link and find out whats all about the BIOS.
    Thank you
    nuglorious

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