Upload xp without cd/dvd drive.

October 9, 2010 at 19:07:42
Specs: ME
I have an old laptop using windows me, how can I upload windows xp to this computer? My cd/DVD drive does not work. I want to put xp on so I can get the $100 credit from staples when I buy my new computer.

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#1
October 9, 2010 at 20:15:57
You've used an apt name. What you want to do is INSTALL xp not "upload" it.
Q. Do you have a legitimate copy of XP?
How do you propose to install without a working CDROM drive?
Do you have an external USB CDROM?
Do you have another computer that is networked to your laptop?
It may be possible to copy the i386 folder from a CD in one machine over a network onto the harddrive of your laptop and run the upgrade install from there but I wouldn't recommend it. You have not given any specifications of this laptop. It may not even meet requirements to run XP.
And lastly, since ME is a derivitive of DOS wheras XP is derived from NT there are numerous possible driver conflicts that may arise if you perform an Upgrade installation. You may just trash the whole operating system.

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#2
October 9, 2010 at 21:12:26
On every level imaginable, this is a really bad idea... all with the intent to defraud Staples.

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#3
October 10, 2010 at 05:15:51
First off I am not a total idiot. To install xp I would have to either upload it from a network or down load it from somewhere say the Internet. Since I can not install it from a disk drive.
I have a friend that has xp that he will give me.
I don't have an external cd rom. That's actually another problem. I used to have one hooked up and now the cd/DVD Drive will not read CDs only DVDs. So I can't run a recovery disk in it since it is a cd. Do you know how to fix this?
My laptop is not networked. I do have other computers but am worried about hurting them if I hook this piece of junk up to it.
The computer is old and I am not so much worried about it crashing I mean it's pretty much useless right now anyway. The computer is a compaq presario 1200t. It has a pentium 3, 10GB hard drive. Thanks for any help you can provide

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#4
October 10, 2010 at 05:49:31
Cannot find any reference to a Presario 1200T so I think you might not have listed the correct model number. Unless it has more than the basic 32 or 64 mb ram that the 1200 series originally shipped with then you are on a fool's errand here.

Is this the Staples offer you are looking at?
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showth...

If so then this condition: "Offer valid 10/10/10 - 12/25/10. To qualify for $100 trade-in savings, trade-in computer must have original Windows® XP, Windows Vista® or Windows 7 operating system"

The operative word in that is original. In other words, the trade-in computer must have originally had either XP or a later version installed from factory. They will not accept your old clunker even if you somehow get XP onto it.

Nice try but there's no point pursuing this any further.

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#5
October 10, 2010 at 07:29:48
"First off I am not a total idiot"

Well, for some reason, you chose "Computer Illiterate" as your user name? I'm just saying. And if you ARE trying to scam Staples, it's not gonna work. You obviously didn't read the fine print:

"System must be originally equipped with Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 Operating Systems with an original certificate of authenticity label."


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#6
October 11, 2010 at 11:47:14
So I did it they took it and your both idiots! Thanks for your insults and your non help. See ya later.

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