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    Upgrading from win98se to XP

    I have heard of many people upgrading fro one OS to a newer one and every time I read their post they stated that they had a Windows OS disk. I would like to upgrade from win98Se to XP but all I have is a Magnell recovery disk that I use to reformat my PC with. Can I use that to upgrade? Also, I have seen quite a few different xp pro upgrade systems for sale and am very confused about which one would be the right one. Can someone help me with this?
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    Re: Upgrading from win98se to XP

    My personal choice would be to buy an OEM disc. This would eliminate the need for an upgrade disc to find a previously installed system. Currently these are around $88US for XP Home at places like http://www.buycheapsoftware.com/ms_product...category~24.asp . More of a concern would be: Is your hardware XP compliant? Do you have enough ram and processor speed to be happy? If you have to add memory, upgrade your video card, put in a larger hard drive and deal with a slow 400mhz processor, you will be better off buying a new box from Dell or whom ever as your computer is at least eight years old and is begging for you to donate it to a family that can not afford one.

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    Re: Upgrading from win98se to XP

    Thanks SinJin for your reply. This is what I have in my PC as of now. One other thing I am concerned with is installing a new OS on a motherboard that is somehow tied in with the Key number of the old OS. I have heard that some people have run into that.


    Operating System System Model
    Windows 98 SE (build 4.10.2222) Magnell Product Name
    Enclosure Type: Desktop
    Processor a Main Circuit Board b
    1.10 gigahertz AMD Athlon
    32 kilobyte primary memory cache
    256 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: First International Computer, Inc. AD11 PCB 1.X
    Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
    BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. 6.00 PG 03/07/2001
    Drives Memory Modules c,d
    101.48 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    59.00 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    AOPEN CD-RW CRW5232 [CD-ROM drive]
    LITE-ON DVDRW SHW-160P6S [CD-ROM drive]
    Generic floppy disk drive (3.5")

    Maxtor 6Y060L0 [Hard drive] (61.49 GB) -- drive 0, s/n Y2GWL5XE, rev YAR41BW0, SMART Status: Healthy
    WDC WD400JB-32ENA0 [Hard drive] (40.02 GB) -- drive 1, s/n WD-WMAD1J632677, rev 05.03E05, SMART Status: Healthy 512 Megabytes Installed Memory

    Slot 'DIMM1' has 256 MB
    Slot 'DIMM2' has 256 MB
    Local Drive Volumes

    c: (FAT32 on drive 0) 61.48 GB 39.81 GB free
    d: (FAT32 on drive 1) 40.01 GB 19.20 GB free

    Network Drives
    None detected
    HP Deskjet 5700 Series on USB001

    Controllers Display
    Standard Floppy Disk Controller
    Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
    Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)
    VIA Bus Master PCI IDE Controller NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500 [Display adapter]
    ADI MS-E90 [Monitor] (17.7"vis, s/n 034T70201518, August 2000)
    Bus Adapters Multimedia
    VIA Tech 3038 PCI to USB Universal Host Controller (2x) Creative SB Live!
    Gameport Joystick (no joystick connected)
    VIA AC'97 Audio Controller (WDM)
    Communications Other Devices

    Motorola SURFboard SB5120 USB Cable Modem
    primary Auto IP Address: 71.234.224.191 / 22
    Gateway: 71.234.224.1
    Dhcp Server: 68.87.71.16
    Physical Address: 00:12:C9:EB:09:45

    Networking Dns Servers: 68.87.71.226
    68.87.73.242
    Creative Gameport Joystick
    Creative MultiMedia Interface
    Creative SB16 Emulation
    CanoScan N650U/N656U
    Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
    HID-compliant mouse
    Microsoft USB Trackball Optical (IntelliPoint) <img src=/S/mouse.gif border=0 alt=mouse width=42 height=33>
    General purpose USB Hub
    USB Printing Support
    USB Root Hub (2x)
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    Re: Upgrading from win98se to XP

    You should not have any problem installing/upgrading you OS. The old OS is tied to the machine not the other way around. Your machine appears as though it should be sufficient to run XP reasonalby well.

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    Re: Upgrading from win98se to XP

    I am a little confused. I looked at the site SinJin mentioned and there was one version of XP home addition that needed the hard drive formatted before it could be installed. What puzzles me is the formatting done with the new XP disk or done with the Magnell Recovery Disk that I have with win98Se? Also the next version of XP home addition that I saw for $10 more is an up grade type and if so how would I reformat my PC with it. The reason I ask is because I reformat my PC every four months to rid it of unknown garbage. Been doing that for the last five years.
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    Re: Upgrading from win98se to XP

    You get the opportunity to format the disk during the installation of XP. If the XP installer can not detect a prior version of Windows it asks you to provide proof (a CD) that you had a prior version installed. I think you'll find with XP that the need to reformat/reinstall is greatly lessened. I've never reinstalled XP on any system for which I'm responsible. That includes one at work where I install and unistall a lot of software. On my home PC I probably should reinstall because of software changes I've made over the years but I just don't want to take the time to do it. Besides, I'm planning on getting a new home PC later in the year as the Vista release draws closer. The longer I put if off the more machine I'll get for whatever price point I select.

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    Re: Upgrading from win98se to XP

    Joe is correct in all that he says. The biggest issue for you is buying the upgrade disc or an OEM disc or a retail box disc. We all have preferenceces, for me the OEM disc is the best as it is a full program disc. The only limitation is that MS will tell you to go to the system builder for support. The big benifit is a low cost. As Joe stated, you will not reinstall like you had to with Win98. With proper maintenance the install will last years. If you really want a fresh install all the time then I would suggest that you image (with Acronis TrueImage or similar) your final product such that a complete install (Windows and all programs) would be installed in 1-1.5 hrs.

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