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Clean Installation of Win XP

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Adam Low
Posted on Monday, November 26, 2001 - 5:53 am:   

From what I have seen messing with XP, I can have either an upgrade, or a clean installation (dual OS). I have messed with both, and had time to look through how the differences are, and what is the benefit of each. However, here is the question.

Knowing how it is with each new OS, reinstallation is not an uncommon thing at all. In other words, if I am going to reinstall XP, would I always have to load 98, then XP? This would be like how Win 95 upgrade was, going through the painful installation of Win 3x, then 95.

Any insights?
Posted on Friday, November 30, 2001 - 4:21 am:   

I would recommend a dual boot in case you have any software or hardware that XP doesn't like.

XP seems to get along with most everything but in my case scanner software and Gravis gamepad software won't work.

Usually a clean install is preferred over an upgrade. You should be able to do a clean install even with an upgrade copy of XP by just putting in your Win 98 CD when asked to proof ownership.

That would be formatting your drive or partition and making your CD bootable in the bios.

Still would recommend leaving Windows 98 and putting XP on another partition or drive for a dual boot. I run a tri boot (looking at a quad boot) and find having the extra operating systems is good insurance if one system has problems then you can always boot to another.

After installing XP you can pick which system the computer boots to by default (automatically) and how long the boot up menu stays up (in seconds) to choose which operating system to boot to.


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