windows 28 se to xp pro

  gav99 14:09 24 May 03

just got xp pro and i am running win 98 se what is the correct procedure for installing xp pro. i

  MartinT-B 14:17 24 May 03

1) back up ALL your data.

Email folder

Email addresses

Data files from Word, Excel etc.


Media Files

whatever else you can think of.

2) Make sure you Dl the latest Mobo drivers etc. for your board from the Manufacturers website, and also for your Modem.

imho you don't necessarily need all the drivers for all your cards etc. as XP has a HUGE database of drivers, AND if you're connected to the internet, it will go and search for more from windows update. Motherboard and Modem are essential.

Once you've backed up and Dled drivers. Turn off the PC, go away for a few hours. Come back and check. You'll prolly remember something !

3) whack in the disk and choose clean install - pref NTFS.

XP will do the rest.

You'll have to re-install your programs, but XP should take care of the drivers.

  The Transporter 14:31 24 May 03

It is better to do do like above and save all important files , but do a fresh install instead of an upgrade. Will cause you alot less trouble in the future.

You need a win 98 start up disk to do this, use to find one you can download. 98 disks can only see fat or fat 32. If you want to make your drives ntfs then do it when you install xp. But if you do the only way you will be able to see them after is by using Partition magic etc.

A quick user guide for fdisk
There are easier ways especially partition magic! It gets two thumbs up from me.


An example for a 40 Gb drive

start up the pc with a start up disk in.

at the a: prompt type


delete all existing extended/logical and primary partitions. then reboot back to the start up disk

start from scratch.

load fdisk from the A: prompt

say yes to enable large disk support. this = fat32.

this is an example for 4 partitions

select create a new partition from the main menu.

Let it scan your drive. WHen it asks if you want to use the whole capacity for your drive say "no".!

Say you want it to be 25%. let it build it.

go back to main menu by pressing "escape".

Create an extended partition the other 75%. Let it be the rest of the drive. It will scan it. then ask you to create logical drives in the extended partition. Say "no" to using the whole of the extended partition for one drive. type 33%. It will build it then ask you how much you want for your next drive type "33%". then for the last drive just say yes to using the rest of the drive..

you wil then have one primary drive. with an extended partition with three logical drives in it.

so you will then have 1 primary partition = 10 Gb and three, 10gb partitions in your extended partition. Before exiting make the c: primary partition active (choice 2 i think)


then use start up disk to format them all:

or just format c: then use the o/s to format the rest later.

when formatting type

format c: /u

just like that

install your o/s

As long as you do it like that you will have no troubles. Just change the values to ones you want.

  The Transporter 14:33 24 May 03

To install xp.

First, you're going to need to change your CMOS settings of the BIOS for the boot order to boot from CD-ROM.
After changing the boot order in the CMOS settings of the BIOS, save the changes, and then reboot your computer. Make sure your Installation CD is in your CD-ROM. If it is you'll be prompted to press your space bar to directly boot from CD-ROM emulation. Press your space bar as soon as you see this message.

Wait a few minutes while the installation begins to copy the preliminary setup files to your computer.

You may have to press the F6 key if you need to install raid drivers, if you dont, dont worry.
After this completes you'll be ready to start directing the install process.

You will be asked if you want to perform a new installation, repair an existing installation, or quit. In this case, you will be performing a new install. Press the correct key to perform a new installation.

Read the terms of the end user license agreement, and press F8 to agree.

The next phase of the installation is you need to decide which partition of your hard drive you will install Windows XP on. You will have the opportunity to create and/or delete partitions or just allocate the available disk space to one partition. However, try to keep your partitions within reasonable size. See part 1

Once you have figured out which partition XP will be installed on it's time to format it.

Choose to format the partition to either FAT32 or NTFS (recommended for single OS install). You'll also see two additional choices to perform a quick format of each option. Stick with doing a full format of either option instead. After you've determined which option is right for you, press the correct key to format the partition.
This would be a good time to take a break and come back in a few minutes. The setup program will automatically start copying files after the partition is formatted.

From this point on, you're going to see each and every file name that's being copied over to your hard drive appear in the lower left corner. As the file names go from A to Z, the installation completion percentage will increase.
Choose the region and language.
Type in your name and organization.
Enter your product license key.
Name the computer, and enter an Admin password. Don't forget to write down your Administrator password. After the installation is complete it would be extremely wise to create a password restore disk in the event you forget your Administrator password someday.
Enter the correct date and time.

Choose your network settings. Leave on automatic if you use a dhcp server to assign IP addresses. If you have static IP address for broadband access, enter the settings that your ISP has provided you.

Choose workgroup or domain name.
Register this copy of Windows XP if you've installed all the current hardware on your machine. Otherwise, wait until you've finished installing any additional hardware so you don't have to activate your copy of XP again.
Add users that will sign on to this computer.
Log in, and update drivers.
Driver install

XP should have most drivers already in the system.

Hope it helps.

  MartinT-B 14:36 24 May 03

Do you really need to Fdisk??

I never bothered.

XP formatted and Partitioned for me - clearing all data on my C:

  Rtus 14:47 24 May 03

Theres still lots of Hardware Xp does not have driver base for..So before attempting upgrade either way above..Do check all your cards home pages for support and XP drivers (lots of 3rd party vendors use Win2000 drivers for Xp) and some dont support Xp at all So depending on age of the card its sometimes better just to change that item .Good luck .

  The Transporter 15:03 24 May 03

As it saves hassle later on.

The xp version is ok, I prefer to have all my partitions sorted before i install o/s' so it makes life easier later instead of try to transfer data etc.

Only reason i mention Fdisk is because Gav99 has win98 and unless he already has Partition magic 8 he won't have the boot disks.

But yes, XP is another way of getting the same results. AFter the o/s is installed.

Down to personal opinion i suppose. :-)

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