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Charliee03

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Windows ME is installed on it and the computer doesn't booot at all

it says Invalid Systme Disk

I lost the disk anc can't find anyone that has it to borrow it

So I just want to install XP on it since its a better OS an to just get it Back and running

now would I have to buy an Windows XP Upgrade For it Or just the OS itselff to install it?

And where can I get the best deal of buying it?

Thanks alot for reading
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Hi Charliee03...

Is there a floppy disk in the floppy drive? You can get that error when you boot with non-boot diskette in the drive.

Unless you have a previous Windows version CD in your posession, you will need to purchase the full install version of XP. You can use an upgrade cd to do a clean install, but you will be asked to insert an earlier version cd during the installation for verification...any earlier version will do.

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Try Tigerdirect.com for OEM versions of XP. These may require a hardware purchase to buy and the licencing says it is only good for the machine it is installed on (this means if you build a machine to replace this one you have to purchase a new licence to go with it). I just purchased one with a new mainboard for a system I'm building a customer for $90 US (XP home OEM) at PartsPC.com. XP Pro runs about $140 OEM at most vendors. Here is a shameless plug for Linux. If you want a Windows like system and don't mind spending the money give Xandros 4.0 a try. At $40 it's the most Windows like version I've tried and one of the easiest to install. I installed it on an old PIII machine with Gforce TNT2 pci grafics card and 256mg of SDRAM on a 120GB hdd for my nephew's birthday and it works great. The Codeweaver software for Office worked fine with Office 2003 in the trial version but at $69 and the price of Office in seemed like an epensive add-on when Open Office is freely availabe and is part of the extra .iso that you can order or download.
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Hi Charliee03...

Is there a floppy disk in the floppy drive? You can get that error when you boot with non-boot diskette in the drive.

Unless you have a previous Windows version CD in your posession, you will need to purchase the full install version of XP. You can use an upgrade cd to do a clean install, but you will be asked to insert an earlier version cd during the installation for verification...any earlier version will do.

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Nope its been like that for a while Ive looked up the problem and the only thing I couldnt try to fix was re installing the files with the Windows ME cd an nobody I kno has that disk so it's not really worth buying a Windows ME disk. This happend about 4-5 months ago..Now i want to get it back and Runnning as a back up computer...theres no point of havving it just sitting around when its a good computer.

I appreaciate your replys.
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