Upgrade windows me to xp

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February 24, 2009 at 18:28:32
Specs: Windows XP, 128 MB SDRAM
I have a computer with windows me OS and I want to upgrade it with xp so my wireless internet card will work. Is there a way I can do this without losing the software I have loaded on my computer and not have two OS? Or can I put the software on a flashdrive or CD to load it later without any problems? Thanks

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February 25, 2009 at 02:03:32
You should be able to upgrade without losing any installed programs, but with only 128MB of memory and a relatively slow CPU, you're not gonna have much fun...

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February 25, 2009 at 07:29:00
128 of RAM isn't really enough to run XP. You could potentially run into problems as far as XP drivers for your hardware.

You could run a dual boot, but I'd recommend downloading Microsoft's Virtual PC, then install the XP OS on the Virtual side.

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February 25, 2009 at 12:26:28
As above, 128MB isn't enough RAM for XP. I like the way T-R-A put it - "you're not gonna have much fun..."

But I'm gonna have to disagree with Jennifer about running Virtual PC because some of the memory has to be used by the host OS (WinME). According to the following chart, you'd need at least 224MB (96+128):


Why can't you use the wireless with WinME?

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February 25, 2009 at 16:14:13
I tried to load the software for the wireless card and the software doesn't support 98SE or ME OS.

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February 25, 2009 at 16:18:10
Thanks for everyones response:) So if I buy more memory for my computer, can I upgrade to xp without problems?

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February 25, 2009 at 16:35:43
How about posting the make/model of the card? You probably just need the correct driver.

As for the memory, your system supports a max of 512MB PC133, 256MB per slot.



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February 25, 2009 at 19:09:04
You shouldn't have any troubles, but I'd suggest a "pared-down" version of XP using nLite, I've used it on my EeePC and an older Dell Optiplex tower and both are quite snappy:


Guide as to what to eliminate:


You may (as I did) want to make some slight modifications to what he removes before trying the install, even run through a couple of trials before comitting to a specific one...

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February 26, 2009 at 07:11:46
Take a look here to see if your system meets the minimum requirements.



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February 26, 2009 at 10:18:39
In all honesty, getting XP to run isn't all that much of a deal:


Getting it to do something useful is a different matter:


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February 26, 2009 at 23:04:03
Assuming the base processor (PIII 866), 40Gb HDD and 512Mb ram, I know what I'd do.

Dual boot Me and W2K. Good chance the wireless adapter would work under Windows 2000.

Gotta agree with T-R-A; it could be borderline getting this machine to do anything useful running XP. My only experience with this class of machine running XP is with a slightly overclocked Duron 800 and 512Mb PC100. It worked ok but sure left me wanting the additional 2Ghz of processor speed I was accustomed to.


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February 27, 2009 at 00:17:54
>>>My only experience with this class of machine running XP is with a slightly overclocked Duron 800 and 512Mb PC100. It worked ok but sure left me wanting the additional 2Ghz of processor speed I was accustomed to<<<


I've got an old Optiplex GX110 (866MHz w/512MB of RAM) and it runs pretty decent, but (as I suggested earlier), it's got a "moderate" nLited install of XP on it. The real marvel is the speed of my EeePC 701, which has pretty much all the junk (close to i64x.com's shrinking of it) that's quite snappy (although it's software-hacked to run at 900MHz and has 2GB of RAM and a 16GB flash-card for almost all other apps). It really competes with my 1.8GB Duron in speed and the XP install ate up only about 600MB of the 4GB Hard-Card....

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March 20, 2009 at 12:28:31
I tried to get my 933 mghz IBM with 384 meg of memory to work and after upgrading I could never get the optical drives to work reliably . They would show up then dissappear and would only work when they wanted . Could never find a driver for the LG drives for XP so eventually I just went back to ME , the optical drives work flawlessly under ME . I'll use it till it dies then buy something newer .

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March 29, 2009 at 08:48:49
Hi! my pc has win. me OS but does not recognise my cd-rom. Please what can i do to enable it recognise my cd-rom?

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May 22, 2009 at 10:03:11
if you only have 128mb of ram you won't be able to do much with windows xp. because after you install the drivers and the programs and everything your gonna be waiting like 5 hours just for it to turn on.

try windows 2000. its alot like windows me but it still has support. not ALOT of programs still work with windows 2000. but it would run alot better then xp would. if you still want to install xp do what T-R-A said and use nLite to take all unimportant stuff out of it. or try windows fundamentals for legacy pcs. its based on windows xp and works with all windows xp programs. its basically a slimmed down version of windows xp.

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October 16, 2009 at 17:35:36
I run Windows XP on a Pentium 800mhz with 128 megs of ram and it runs fine. It is not slow at all. I don't know what everyone is talking about.

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May 25, 2010 at 10:45:52
I don't think that you can simply upgrade it without loosing or formating the data on hard-disk. but for saving stuff you can use backup programs a free one is Dmailer http://www.dmailer.com/dmailer-back... , after that you can easily install windows xp from the cd and having fun

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June 11, 2010 at 07:21:48
Upgrading from Windows ME to XP is supported but not really recommended in this case. There may be issues with driver availability and the upgrade process itself from the 9x platform to NT platform is often problematic.

Some of your applications may not be compatible with XP In some cases applications or hardware devices must be uninstalled before the upgrade and reinstalled later.

At one time Microsoft had an upgrade adviser that would warn of most incompatibilities but this is no longer available for XP. You may be able to find it elsewhere.

If you should decide to attempt the upgrade be sure you have a current backup of all important data. You may need it.

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April 16, 2011 at 19:43:43
Hi, upgraded my P3 1000, 512 ram, from Win ME to Win XP. Before I did that, I created and saved a backup of my registry, I thought this is all you had to do. Now, I have that saved Reg file (CABs, CLASS, etc), so now I don't know what to do with it? I have MSOFFICE in C:\Program Files, but how do I move it to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs to work in XP, as well as install the old reg files which are needed for MSOFFICE (and other programs), so that I don't have to reinstall all the software that is essentially all ready there?

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