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Windows ME to XP, Possible?


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SuperSam

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I am fixing a friends computer, and I am also installing windows XP on it from Windows ME. I would prefer an upgrade so he doesn't loose things he has. I read this page http://www.winsupers...g_9xupgrade.asp, all about upgrading from ME to XP. In the screenshots, it shows the XP install type "Upgrade", I am only shown New Install. I'd prefer to upgrade, anybody know how? - The XP I am using is XP SP2.

And for any questions asking the specs:

Old Packard Bell:

Intel Celeron 950Mhz /w MMX Tech
256MB PC133 RAM
20GB HDD
DVD Reader

Its still pretty nippy in ME, considering the computer is 5 years old its very fast (a good spec for 2001 too, I suppose).

Edited by SuperSam, 22 March 2006 - 05:54 PM.

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ankush patel

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i think it may be possible but u may need to get some more ram, put it up to 512mb,

its possible

-ankush
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If I remember correctly, you NEED an upgrade CD in order to upgrade. If you have a full CD, it will only do a full install.

If I were you, I'd back up all important stuff before continuing.

Or...you could dual-boot the computer...have ME and XP...and then use a file/settings transfer program to transfer everything to the XP one, and then get rid of the ME. However, that will be rather complicated...
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No, Ankush.

XP only need 128MB of ram, it has 256MB of ram, and that is sufficient. When I try to install XP on its own over the packard bell install, it doesn't have the drivers for the motherboard and fails the install. This is when I realised upon microsoft putting SP2 on my XP disk it has removed old drivers. This is why I put on Windows 98, then Windows ME, then was looking at upgrading to XP. It has sufficient specs. I know it might install if I have my Win XP /w SP1 CD, but I seem to have lost that.

Thanks computerwiz, I think my grandad bought one of the earlier versions of XP, I'll see if that will upgrade.
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