General discussion

  • Creator
    Topic
  • #2317347

    Clean Install of XP Pro

    Locked

    by at26 ·

    I have XP Home on my laptop at home and would like to upgrade to XP Pro. I have been told that you can do a clean install from a XP Professional upgrade disc, is this true? If so please explain. I have backed up the laptop data, I realize I will loose all data on the laptop.

All Comments

  • Author
    Replies
    • #2738534

      Reply To: Clean Install of XP Pro

      by thechas ·

      In reply to Clean Install of XP Pro

      Yes, you can perform a clean install.

      Double check that ALL data is backed up.

      Create a boot disk.
      (You may want to use a W98 or W2K startup disk.)

      Boot from the floppy, and run fdisk.

      Delete the non-dos or primary DOS partition.

      Exit fdisk.

      Boot up from the XP Pro CD.

      Install XP.

      At some point you will be asked to insert the CD for XP home or whatever version of Windows you have that qualifies for the upgrade.

      Complete the installation.

      Install Updates

      Restore your files.

      Chas

    • #2738511

      Reply To: Clean Install of XP Pro

      by jaboy78 ·

      In reply to Clean Install of XP Pro

      Not much different between this 2 OS.
      Just login domain only.

      Not recommended to upgrade.
      Home edition for standalone is better.

      But if u really want to upgrade, use partition magic to partition ur harddrive to 2.

      Then backup all ur data to d drive.. if ur nex partition drive is d.
      They u start booting from ur XP Pro CD and delete c partition and start installing without losing ur data on ur d drive.

      After u have done, transfer all ur data to c drive and install partition magic again to set the partion to one drive.

      Done..

      Its quite troublesome for u, but a least u able to clean install without losing ur data.

    • #2738504

      Reply To: Clean Install of XP Pro

      by dmiles ·

      In reply to Clean Install of XP Pro

      XP Pro is a bootable CD insert in disk drive
      The setup window will appear,it will check disk and system compatibility and ask if you want to load updates,you will get a window that will give you the recommended installation,click on the arrow beside the box and choose to do a clean install,setup should then run install

    • #3542696

      Reply To: Clean Install of XP Pro

      by deadly ernest ·

      In reply to Clean Install of XP Pro

      what you have been told so far is true. However, some of the discs sold as ‘upgrade’ versions will not autoload unless you have an existing MS Windows system loaded and accessing the disc via that system.

      You can get around this by creating a Win 98 boot disc.

      You boot the system using the boot disc, rename your existing Windows directory to anything but Windows.

      Then using DOS commands you got to the CD drive
      assuming the drive is ‘D’ you get

      D:>

      then type ‘cd I386’, then type ‘WINNT.EXE’

      this takes you to the default load executable program for all versions of WIN NT (of which XP is the latest) and start a DOS load process fro the operating system.

      This will take longer to load but it will give you a full install from an ‘upgrade’ disc as it bypasses the program that checks for an active Windows operating system before loading, it also bypasses the quickload aspects of the disc as well.

      BTW this will work on any version of WIN NT, 2000 and XP but NOT on Win 95, 98 or ME.

      • #3543297

        Reply To: Clean Install of XP Pro

        by at26 ·

        In reply to Reply To: Clean Install of XP Pro

        good back-up plan in case earlier suggestions don’t work as advertised.

    • #3543294

      Reply To: Clean Install of XP Pro

      by at26 ·

      In reply to Clean Install of XP Pro

      This question was closed by the author

Viewing 4 reply threads