Windows ME setup problem

March 13, 2011 at 12:04:36
Specs: Windows ME, Intel Pentium 4
A relative of mine recently got a used IBM Netvista windows xp computer (it came installed with windows ME), with all of the previous users files still on. I was supposed to get rid of all of that, making it like how it was when it was new, so I deleted the hd partition in my computer, and was in the process of setup for it and Windows ME. (I was going to reinstall Windows XP once it was done).

I was almost done, until another setup screen came up that wasn't working properly.. As seen in the pictures I attached, the menu screen and wizard covers half of the sign up page that I have to fill out to complete the installation. I don't know how to finish this, can anyone help?

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#1
March 13, 2011 at 18:56:34
You're doing twice the work. Why are you installing WinME at all? Why not just wipe the drive & install WinXP? It's better to format as NTFS for XP anyway. WinME doesn't support NTFS, only FAT32. Just boot off the WinXP CD, "press any key..." when you see the prompt, delete all partitioning, recreate new partitions as you see fit, format as NTFS, then proceed with the installation.

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#2
March 13, 2011 at 20:03:24
I have tried that, but I just have the XP upgrade software.. It wants me to have a previous version of windows installed before I do the upgrade to XP.

Thanks for the reply.


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#3
March 14, 2011 at 00:13:02
You should be able to go ahead and start the XP installation and when it asks for verification of a previouis OS you can insert your ME disk.

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#4
March 14, 2011 at 12:57:13
I don't have the ME installation disc. Once I reformatted, it automatically started installing ME. I do have a ME product key sticker on the side of the pc though.

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#5
March 14, 2011 at 20:00:44
If the installation 'just started after you formatted' it's got to be starting from somewhere. Wherever that is you can probably point to its location when XP asks for verification.

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#6
March 15, 2011 at 14:34:58
Yea, after I deleted a partition on my hd, I was automatically directed to the IBM recovery program, where I did a:

Full Recovery: Reformat hard disk and install windows ME, device drivers, and preinstalled applications.

I tried to boot from cd and install XP again, but it says it can't find a previous windows version on the computer, and my only option is to put the ME cd in for verification. Maybe Windows ME has to be fully installed for it to find it?

Thanks for your help.


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#7
March 15, 2011 at 16:54:05
"Reformat hard disk and install windows ME, device drivers, and preinstalled applications"

OK, do not boot off the XP CD. Simply boot into WinME, wait for the system to settle down (no HDD activity), then insert the upgrade disk in the drive. Wait for it to auto-start, then follow the instructions.


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#8
March 16, 2011 at 12:42:46
Once I boot into ME, it automatically takes me to that glitched setup page. I inserted the disk, and it didn't autostart. I should also add, before I got to that wizard page, I was at the desktop, then windows informed me that I had to restart to do a few more things (that page). I'll try to boot the disk as soon as I'm at the ME desktop and see what happens, but I'll have to reformat again.

Thanks for the suggestion though.


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