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Installing WinXP on new hard drive

By Gregg S ·
WinME has gone "haywire" on my PC. Since I have not done a great job of backing up my files, I have purchased another hard drive which I was planning to install as a slave and copy the files that I wanted to keep to it, then reformatting my original drive. However, I began to wonder why not install WinXP on my new drive and make my original drive my slave drive and rename my Windows folder, etc in order to keep my original programs, drivers, etc. in case something went wrong in the process. Is this a good idea or bad idea? Comments will be appreciated.

Thanks.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Installing WinXP on new h ...

i think that is a fine idea. maybe just leave your winME 'slave' drive off until xp is up and running, keeps it 'protected' and that way i don't see why you'd even have to rename your windows folders et al...

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by Gregg S In reply to Installing WinXP on new h ...

I have done it and have had no problems. I did not rename any directories on the slave.

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by cglrcng In reply to Installing WinXP on new h ...

Like Sgt. said, Start from scratch w/ the new HDD. Rem that ME drive after doing a little housekeeping on it. I'd also remove any add-in PCI cards except the Vid. card.

Collect any needed Mobo, chipset & other hardware drivers (search the net forthe most recent updated drivers for each hdwe. item you will install & collect them).

Install the new drive, Install the new XP OS (make a small visit to; www.easydesksoftware.com/youformat.htm first and print it out), after reading it visit the rest of their site & do some reading.

After you have XP on your drive, install the Mobo & chipset drivers, the updated Video card drivers, and the monitor drivers. Then add in each of the other cards 1 @ a time along w/ the updated drivers for each, always shutdown open & running programs EXCEPT Explorer and restart the puter after each change (whether it be a hardware change or software change or update). Then go to Windows Update site and update your OS w/ the necessary patches, SP's & any needed additional features (be careful to read what the update entails, not all are nec. nor needed/wanted, only install the add on's you spec. need beyond critical security updates- IE: If you don't do film editing, don't apply a film editing pkg.)

More OS problems are caused by unneeded add's. to an OS than anything else (install only what you will use, and remember your slave will be avail. for those other programs you will rarely use). The more files that are replaced or changed/addedto/of your newly installed matching set of XP files on the original OS, the more degradation of the operating system there is from the start, and the more lockups, illegal messages you will rec. in the future.

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by cglrcng In reply to Installing WinXP on new h ...

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Try a few of the util's. they have on their site dealing w/ XP, I myself use "WinSafe" & "Perfect Companion", I also use NSW 2002 Pro w/ Util., and it's cheap on e-bay).

After it's up & running & all settings are done, then add the other drive as a slave.

Good Luck, be patient, you will be better off

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