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By khankanen ·
Hi, I'm hopeing someone will be able to give me a quick answer to this basic question. Currently running Win98 and I want to do a full/clean install of WinXP Pro. I will have to format the drive and then do the clean install. Is there anything else that must/should be done to make this as clean an instal as possible. This particular machine had NT4 oem on it initialy, but was formated and Win98 installed and I believe there are NT files lurking around cause it just dosent run nearly as smoothly as I believe it should be, I would like to ensure all system previous OS files are in fact deleted so that a clean install can happen. What steps should I do to make this a reality?.
Many Thanks for you assistance with this.

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by rboyer In reply to Full install of WinXP

I use a program that writes 00's to all tracks on the hard drive. Also before doing the format, run FDISK that will erase the old partition and then create a new one.

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by khankanen In reply to Full install of WinXP

Thanks for your reply. What is the name of that program that you use, and what purpose do the 000's serve ?. Yes, FDISK is definelty something that needs to be done as well.

Thanks much

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by khankanen In reply to Full install of WinXP

Thanks for your reply. What is the name of that program that you use, and what purpose do the 000's serve ?. Yes, FDISK is definelty something that needs to be done as well.

Thanks much

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by rboyer In reply to Full install of WinXP

I have been using Ontrack's Data Eraser. I think you may be able to find a free utility from a disk manufacturer like Western Digital. You can also check your computer manufacturer disks. They may have put a program on it.

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by TheChas In reply to Full install of WinXP

Does your MB support booting from CD?
If not, you will need to download the XP boot floppy program from Microsoft. I believe it creates a set of 5 or 6 floppies to boot from.

Then the simplist way for a clean install is to use your Windows 98 boot floppy.
Run fdisk, and delete all logical drives and partitions. Most important is the boot, or C drive partition.
Exit fdisk and shut down the system.
Once you have removed the partitions with fdisk, you have effectively wiped the drive clean. There is no need to run data cleaner programs unless you are discarding the drive, as there are ways to recover the old partition.

Boot from the XP CD, and partition and format the drive as part of the install.

If you are installing the upgrade, have your 98 CD handy, as you will need it to verify that you qualify for the upgrade.

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by PeterST In reply to Full install of WinXP

I've installed WinXP a few time in our test environment. The only precautions I took with cleaning the HDD was to do a fdisk and format the drive. This will get rid of any of the previous OS. (this may not be the case if the drive is infected by anyvirus).

The process from there is to boot the pc with the cd as the boot device, this will launch the text part of the XP install, much the same was as winNT. You will be prompted to select where you want to put the install and if you want to maintain the current file system or reformat to NTFS. My suggestion, unless you have need to access the drive from another OS, is to go with the NTFS as you get a large number of benifits, apart from the security aspect, including file compression etc.
If you need any other ideas/hints, just call.

Another thought, if this is your only pc, make sure you have any odd drivers for Win2000/xp on disk before you start the process.

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by PeterST In reply to Full install of WinXP

Also forgot, If your pc dose not want to boot from the CD Rom, create a recovery disk from a win98 machine and boot from that, this will allow you to access the cd rom, then run \i386\winnt, just like the old days with NT4.

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