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Difficulty installing XP Home over ME

By edrumm1967 ·
The first time I attempted to install Windows XP over my WIN ME it literally took me four hours and I then receievd a message that I needed a bigger hard drive. A friend of mine gave me an extra hard drive so after I installed this as a slave I tried it again. I left it run the installation process over night and it was still not installed by morning. What am I doing wrong? Is it that simple to just pop in a second hard drive and make it a slave. My friend said that XP will "push" something else on to the second hard drive to make room, but I don't think this is happening. How can I find out the total number of Gigs I have with both hard drives? Should I unitstall some programs before installing XP? I.E. Video games, Ad-aware, Norton AntiVirus?
I know I'm probably overlooking something simple.
Thanks a bunch!
E.

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by dmiles In reply to Difficulty installing XP ...

First XP cannot move data to another hard drive,you friend amy be thinking of doing a transfer of data to the other drive which has to be done manually if you donot have software suchas Partition Magic

To check the size of you hard drives,Open My Computer,right-click on the drive and select properties from the menu this will give you the size of the drive and also the amount of space.

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by edrumm1967 In reply to Difficulty installing XP ...

Thanks. OK, I checked the amount of drive space. I have 37.7 GB free on my C drive (the original drive) and 2.99 GB free on the newly installed D drive. According to the XP box I need at least 1.5 GB free.
Do I have enough room? I need to study up on the whole Gigabyte, Megabyte ratio.

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by ree_ree2702 In reply to Difficulty installing XP ...

XP should be able to upgrade ME. First, let prepare your ME system for upgrading. Start by rebooting the system. Next run a defrag of the C. Then delete all files from any TEMP directory. This will cleanup the drive. After that has been completed, reboot again. Got to the startup folder and delete anything it it. These should be shortcuts to programs. Next, we will clean the registry of any startup programs. Got to Start, Run, and type Regedit. Navigate to

"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" and "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce" and delete all the entries in it. These are programs that the registry starts. Once you completed all this, reboot once more. This should make the ME edition start up with little or no other programs starting. Now attempt the XP upgrade.

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by Mr.Wiz In reply to Difficulty installing XP ...

Which version of the XP upgrade did you buy? I seem to recall that there were two versions - one for upgrading Win2K and a different one for Win9X systems.

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by edrumm1967 In reply to Difficulty installing XP ...

I purchased the XP Home Edition @ Best Buy. Ok..I deleted all that extra files in the TEMP folder and did the second and third step as well. I was trying to run my Defrag..but it wasn't working correctly. It kept restarting. I'm sure that's an entirely new problem. I'm going to check how much drive space I have now and try loading it again. I also uninstalled a few programs.

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by edrumm1967 In reply to Difficulty installing XP ...

Do I need to format the new installed slave drive first?

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Difficulty installing XP ...

Windows XP will use up aroung 1.5 to 2GB of disk space. Your C: drive should be adequate.
I doubt it will use anything for the second drive unless its the page file.
Ideally, I would format C: drive and install XP clean, there is probably some program or something stopping the upgrade. Try uninstalling Norton, Antivirus security s/w but not games.

XP does come in Upgrade or Full versions, the upgrade will upgrade from ANY version of Windows (98, Me, 2000) whether on HD or CD and the Full will install on a PC with no previous OS on it.

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by edrumm1967 In reply to Difficulty installing XP ...

Still getting nowhere.
I unistalled Norton and tried it again. No go.
How long should the installation time for XP take....max?
I'm getting a message that approx. time is 61 minutes..then 50..then it drops to 45 then back up to 61? I think my only alternative is to do a full clean installation from the start.

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by Jim S. In reply to Difficulty installing XP ...

You didn't say why you were wanting to do an upgrade compared to a complete install, I assume that you need some files that are on your hard drive, but I do reconmend that you do a complete install instead of the upgrade path, trust me, you'll be alot better off in the long run.

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by miked In reply to Difficulty installing XP ...

I concur with the last answer...I've never liked upgrading the OS, and I would be even less inclined to do so going from ME all the way to XP. I agree with the last answer in that you may save a lot of troubleshooting time in the future by backing up personal data, and going for a fresh install of XP.
-MD

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