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Thread: Question about WinXP upgrade..

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2004


    I'm getting a new comp, and just purchased WinXP Professional Upgrade. I also am getting a SATA hd, and have been told you cannot install Win98 onto a sata hd, and I intended on upgrading to WinXP Pro from Win98. In order to use the XP Upgrade, do I have to have Win 98 installed on my system, or is putting the cd in the drive during WinXP Pro Upg sufficient? In short, will I be able to install WinXP Pro on my new comp w/out installing Win98, since I cannot. Thx for the help.

  2. #2


    Just format your hard drive, then start the intall process with XP Pro. At some point in the installation process, it will tell you that they could not find an authorized OS for upgrade, to insert the CD with the original OS on it. Once you do that, it will check the old OS CD, then prompt you to replace that CD with your XP Pro CD and the installation will continue. Best way to install XP anyway, instead of just doing an upgrade over a previous OS.
    Guess I really don't need to remind you to save all your important data files before you start
    AMD XP 2600+
    SOYO Dragon 400
    1 gig 3200 DDR
    Phillips CD/RW
    Pioneer DVD -/+ RW
    2-60 gig HD in RAID, 1 60 gig backup
    XP Pro

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Sunderland, England


    even if you could have installed 98 first its not recommended as it can cause all kinds of problems. best to just install clean
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Minnesota, United States


    Not really.... You can reformat even if you use an upgrade CD. But it doesn't matter anyway... ;)

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