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04-04-2002, 11:44 AM
Is it possible to to a do a clean install, having fdisk'd and formatted my HD, using an upgrade version of XP?

I'm using 98SE currently, but Windows 98SE is built in to one of those OEM installs.

Which makes reinstalls frustrating if you don't want the installation decided for you by some predetermined script.

So, bearing that in mind, I can't decide whether I need to buy the full version of XP or the upgrade version?

Which would give me the most flexibility in terms of installation?

Your views would be most appreciated



04-04-2002, 04:48 PM
OK, simple answer yes.

First - try to install and when it says it cannot find a qualifying roduct, insert the OEM disc, and click OK.

If this doesn't wor, install from the OEM disc. Then install the XP upgrade selecting new installation instead of upgrade in the second install window. When the comp reboots for the first time it will reboot into XP setup, youu can select to format (fdisk) your disk from there. This way you get a clean install. It searches for a qualifying product before this step, and will of course, find your 98 installation.

If you cannot reinstall 98 (had a now formatted rescue partition), then you either need to get a disc from your original disc from where you got the comp, borrow one from a friend just to install XP, or buy the full XP installation. If you borrow from a friend, keep it until XP is running smoothly in case of problems, or burn a copy for later use.


04-04-2002, 07:21 PM
Many thanks for info.