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Operating System for x86 Family


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nschube

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What Operating Systems can I install on a Gateway GenuineIntel x86 Family (255 MB RAM)? Presently I have Windows 98 on it, but if I have to reinstall Windows 98 to fix current problems, I am wondering if upgrading to a newer operating system is an option and cost effective. Thanks.
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Hi,

You can run XP on it the upgrade version sells for less tha $100 US, I would do a clean install of 98 first then install the XP upgrade.

I would go to microsoft.com first and search around, they have something that will scan your computer and check the software and drivers you have installed and give you a list of things that may not be compatible with XP if there are any.

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Delete the partition using the FDISK program. After that then place the Windows XP upgrade CD in and begin the setup. During the setup it will ask for a past version of Windows CD to be inserted, do so. By doing this it skips the whole step of installing Windows 98 and saves about 1-2 hours of time. Hope that this helps.
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Hi DHooper,

I have tried your method many times and it works perfect but I was wondering if it works with a restore cd or only with a true windows cd.



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It all depends on the CD. I know that it works with the Dells restore discs. I have a Dell computer with a Windows ME resotre disc(I know dont :tazz: at me). It was the only OS that they were selling at the time. The restore disk, is bascily a ME disc, but with a motherboard ID checker. What I mean is that, before the setup would run it checked the motherboard to see if it was a dell motherboard. You wouldnt belive how hard I had to fight for them to send me a OEM CD of Windows ME. The only company that I know of that send the org OEM CD is NorthWest Falcon.
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