how to uninstall XP?

February 16, 2010 at 06:25:41
Specs: Windows XP SP3, P4 / 1GB
Need to re-install XP but pc has no xp-uninstall facility

please advise

thanks

Kris


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#1
February 16, 2010 at 06:34:55
You stick in the XP CD and boot from it (you may have to press F9 on bootup to get the boot menu). Then follow the wizard. Not sure what your question is. Can you be more specific?

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#2
February 16, 2010 at 06:35:30
if it is a custom made machine, then you boot from a Xp cd, format and reinstall. If it is a OEM machine like a dell, compaq, gateway, etc... then you use the restore cd's that came with it or the restore partition on the hard drive. The manufactures web site can help.

larry


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#3
February 16, 2010 at 06:49:16
The only way to remove XP is to wipe the HDD & reinstall from scratch...that means you will lose everything! All your files, pictures, programs, etc will be erased. Make sure to back up all your important documents, pictures, etc before doing anything & also make sure you have all your hardware identified (motherboard chipset, video, sound, network, etc) & copies of all the drivers ready to go.

Once you've done all the prep work, just boot off the XP CD & follow the instructions.


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#4
February 16, 2010 at 07:09:12
Need to re-install XP but pc has no xp-uninstall facility

Off course it doesn't. If XP is the only Operating System on the computer which is the case most of the time, you will be asking XP to commit suicide. Something it cant do and wont do.

As stated by others, the you to boot from a CD and continue from there as required.

However, if you have another Operating System installed then you boot to that and just delete it.

Stuart


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#5
February 16, 2010 at 07:11:39
I think every one is skirting around it so I will ask it, WHY DO YOU WANT TO DO THIS???

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#6
February 16, 2010 at 08:39:28
hi + thanks all :)

this is an old pc with weird issues which have never been sorted and someone suggested re-installing XP to sort it.

the pc was set up by a tech and there is no backup disk or anything (great)

however, i do have an XP upgrade CD from another pc i upped from Win98SE, but at the moment the disc wizard refuses to start because it says the XP already on the pc is a later version than the CD i have

if do delete the on board XP will i be able to run the upgrade CD: sounds like a nightmare btw :-o

Kris


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#7
February 16, 2010 at 12:20:02
You have to 'boot' from the XP upgrade CD. Then during the install you will be given the option to repartition/format the drive.
You will need the Win98 CD to prove prior ownership of windows.

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#8
February 16, 2010 at 13:06:11
Or any windows 98 disk.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#9
February 16, 2010 at 13:21:29
groan - that's out then, all i have is the Win98SE boot floppy, unless that will do?

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#10
February 16, 2010 at 13:31:51
HOLD EVERYTHING!

found my Microsoft Windows 98 'Second Edition' "update disk" i wrote on it back in 2001 :D

what now please?


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#11
February 16, 2010 at 13:40:49
Unless you have a license key that is no good either because its an upgrade.

You have to start with a full licensed version. Then you can upgrade by suppling that license key when asked to by the upgrade.

Normally you never upgrade and upgrade. Hardware is way too old even if the OS let you.


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#12
February 16, 2010 at 14:46:15
story ~ when my Win98 P3 arrived the son of la playa company left no boot up disc at all (just like the XP funnily enough), and they either removed or forgot to attach the Microsoft licence including licence number to the pc. Year later the pc went down and i needed that stuff and eventually got the Win98SE disc + Licence out of the beggers. Bout a year later they folded. Anyway, i now find i have licence + number, plus 98 o/s disc, plus 98 floppy disc if i should need it.

next please


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#13
February 17, 2010 at 07:06:08
Your 98 key will not work on XP. The XP disk (even the upgrade) should have come with its own key. Yes you need the 98 disk because during the install of an XP upgrade it will ask you to put the 98 disk in to verify.

So the question is do you have a XP upgrade key not a 98 key?

If you do then you are ready to reinstall Windows assuming you did not use your Windows XP upgrade more than 5 times. If you used the upgrade key more than 5 times then chances are the key is no longer valid which will still install but the Windows Genuine Verification will fail. If that happens you will have a trial version of XP until you update your key.

Also, make sure you have all the drivers for your system. You will need to reinstall them after installing Windows. If you computer came with a Drivers Disk then you are good. If not then you will want to visit the manufactures web site and download and burn all of the drivers to a CD because you will need at leaste the NIC drivers to get back on the Internet to get any other drivers you need.

I think every one wants you to know how much of a major deal it is to reinstall your OS because we have seen it so many times where some starts this project unprepared and makes their system useless.


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#14
February 17, 2010 at 13:32:35
thanks ace,

yes, this is concerning me - having upgraded 98 to XP several years ago i well remember what an uphill chore that was. am in no hurry now, will research the model and all the drivers required before i make any move, don't want to swop a wobbly system which works okay for a pile of junk with a blank screen :-o

yes, i have my XP key number - the upgrade would have been used once and once only, unless there were hiccups then maybe twice.

half of me says its just a computer - wipe the drive and do a clean install, the other half of me says that this pc has never run 98, came with XP Pro, and might it freak?

btw my upgrade is XP Home and the pc is running XP Pro, but if 98 erases XP on installation i don't see it makes any difference, Pro or Home edition for the upgrade from the 98?

thanks

K


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#15
February 17, 2010 at 14:12:19
update:

have found a Dell internet page for the pc, an Optiplex GX260 P4 including re-installation instructions.

have discovered two CD's: a 'Drivers and Utilities' disc which probably came with a Dell D-3000 XP, also P4 and yet another XP Home Edition disc (SP2 with key code) but labelled by Dell.

the XP Home Upgrade disc i bought independently is SP1, both are 2002 discs.

do you think i could use those D3000 drivers?

thanks again


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#16
February 17, 2010 at 19:24:27
update 2

it's a OptiPlex GX270 and there is a DELL driver page for it so the driver issue is go :)

what is best please, save drivers to CD then install after the XP Upgrade has run its course?

thanks


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#17
February 18, 2010 at 05:01:44
If you do then you are ready to reinstall Windows assuming you did not use your Windows XP upgrade more than 5 times.

I don't know where this idea that the key can only be used a particular number of times. There is no restriction on how many times it can be used, there are restrictions on how many different computers it can be used on. There are restrictions on how many times key can be used within a certain period but that is so many in such a short period it would only effect anyone trying to use the same key on different computers.

I have an upgrade of Windows XP and I also keep a copy of Windows NT which is needed to install the upgrade. I obtained the upgrade when Windows XP first came out and have certainly used the original key more than five times, the last time only weeks ago when XP activated over the Internet with no problem.

Stuart


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#18
February 18, 2010 at 06:38:46
Wrong the Upgrade Disk could only be used 3 or 5 times (even on the same computer) depending on which upgrade you bought. I am speaking from experience here.

You could do a phone registration however and yes you could install it as many times as you wanted but phone registrations are a pain as you know.

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_10...

This is why VLK versions of XP are so much better. We did complain that Microsoft should have registered the MAC of the computer it installed on instead of a basic counter but I do not know if they listened. I will have to try with my new Windows 7 disk to see.


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#19
February 18, 2010 at 07:01:25
I speak from experience as well. How is it I am still using the same licence I purchased eight years ago. Perhaps this is the difference, mine is retail not OEM. But then there are other restrictions on OEM versions as well. I Have never seen anything that tells me I have installed too many times.

You have to make the distinction between too many times on the same computer too many times on different computers.

The only time I needed a phone activation is when I moved the installation from one computer to another. All I had to do was convince Microsoft that the previous computer had been scrapped which was not very hard to do. After that it was all via done via the Internet.

Stuart


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#20
February 18, 2010 at 14:55:36
Any disk can be used to prove the to the installer. Any disk, yours mine left over borrowed. Any.

Yes, MS never published the number of "items" changed that would require one to call their so called tech support.

OEM disks are tied to normally bios but it also was never published.

Any other disk is tied to what is believed to be a weighted scale. One might change nic cards 5 times and it counts as one and the hard drive counts as two and such. It was never published as to the numbers. I suspect some one knows.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#21
February 18, 2010 at 16:14:25
jefro said: "Playing to the angels, Les Paul (1915-2009)"

what a truly great musician! - i have been obsessed with electric guitars for over 30 years. i hope to use the Optiplex for home music projects if i can sort the pc.

is this the way forward then please - do the upgrade (IF the upgrade will run), then load the pre-saved drivers from CD please?

should know exactly which drivers to save from the Dell site, did a Belarc profile for the pc last night so everything on it is listed.

thanks


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#22
February 18, 2010 at 17:54:17
btw: i don't think this is going to work - this pc arrived with XP Pro already on it:-

“To remove Windows XP, you must have upgraded from Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition.”

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303661


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#23
February 21, 2010 at 05:33:11
thanks - well ... i had two XP discs, an upgrade (SP1) and an emergency reinstall (SP2). The SP1 refused to start the wizard full stop, but last night i put the SP2 in the CD drive and it gave me the option to continue. So i did, after saving all the drivers to CD and running the XP backup facility to a separate hard drive. With all this in place i let the wizard do its thing including overwriting all previous folders on the system :) am smiling cos it was a wobbly system with issues :) 99% of the drivers are in place now and the one which wouldn't work - for the ethernet - i found a generic one at a trusted site, so i now have the internet.

it wasn't as bad as i thought it'd be, apart from a couple of thrills'n'spills, but ok now ;)

thanks again


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