reinstall xp from upgrade disc

Dell / Dimension 8100...
March 21, 2009 at 13:59:17
Specs: Windows XP, 1.8ghz/386
I have a Dell Dimension 8100. It shipped with windows ME, and I upgraded it to WinXp (upgrade disc shipped by Dell). Now, 7 years later, I need to reformat the hard drive (its time) and reinstall XP. I have a Windows ME "Reinstallation CD". This is a CD with a Dell logo on it. I also have the Windows XP upgrade cd, which has the Windows hologram on it. I have read that restore cd's can't be used as qualifying product, but is that true for reinstall cds? I also have a windows 2000pro install cd, if that would be of any use. Can anyone give me (or point me to) a step-by-step run down on how to go about this?

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#1
March 21, 2009 at 15:40:16
Why do you need to reformat?

EEOC


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#2
March 21, 2009 at 15:44:03
Seems to be the easiest way to take care of registry problems, extreme slowness, possible trojan, old apps that didn't uninstall properly, bad sectors, etc.

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#3
March 21, 2009 at 16:00:36
Look at the link below. Seems like it may or may not work by just using the disk as the qualifying product. In that case you would then need to reinstall WinME and upgrade from there.

I would suggest that you just cleanup the present installation.

One thing just came to mind. When you upgraded you should have had a choice to save some files that would allow you to return to WinME. If you did that those files should suffice as the qualifying product.

If you wish to try cleaning up then use CCleaner slim as a start. Run both the cleaner and registry modules.

If you have programs you do use anymore remove them prior to running CCleaner slim.

http://majorgeeks.com/download4191....


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#4
March 21, 2009 at 16:00:45
(edit) The following is incorrect. Reference response #5.

You can use the MS XP upgrade CD to do the install and use the MS Win2K CD for qualifying. Just Boot the XP upgrade CD, start the install and at some point you will be asked to supply a qualifying CD. Insert the MS Win2K CD.


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#5
March 21, 2009 at 16:08:04
You didn't state which version of WinXP upgrade you have, home or pro. Win2000pro is only a qualifying product for WinXP pro.

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#6
March 21, 2009 at 16:23:44
Rats. I don't have xp pro, just xp. What about vista 64 bit, would that be a qualifying product?

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#7
March 21, 2009 at 16:28:00
It's either XP Home or XP Pro...there is no "just XP".

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#8
March 21, 2009 at 16:32:24
Vista can't be a qualifying product because it is NEWER than WinXP. You need older but not too old.

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#9
March 21, 2009 at 16:33:47
xp home is what i have.

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#10
March 21, 2009 at 16:42:54
So it looks like I have no qualifying product. I dug deep and eureka, I found a Windows 98 cd, but alas, its an upgrade CD. Would that work?

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#11
March 21, 2009 at 16:52:24
Oops, thanks Othehill for correcting my goof.

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#12
March 21, 2009 at 18:33:50
An upgrade CD works just fine for a qualifier. :-)

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#13
March 21, 2009 at 18:38:41
If you really want to do it then wipe the drive and try using the WinME disk. If it doesn't work then you will need to install WinME and then upgrade. Or try using the Win98 upgrade disk.

Personally it is a lot of extra work I would try fixing what you have. If you haven't defragged in some time that can help. Cleaning out the temp files will help for sure with the internet.

Try Ccleaner slim first and see what improvement you get.


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