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DOES UPGRADE NEED ORIGINAL DISCS? RRS feed

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    Hi,

    I have a second older computer given to me by a close friend; it is used to do kids homework. Unfortunately she threw out all the original software CDs.

    I would like to upgrade it to Win XP.

    (1)If I buy the Win XP upgrade will it demand insertion of the original OEM WinME discs?

    (2)If I can install the WinXP upgrade without the WinME disc will I lose all the other programs for which I also don't have the discs....e.g. Word/Works/Excell? or will the upgrade preserve trhese programs as is?

    Many thanks

     

     

     

    Thursday, October 19, 2006 9:12 AM

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  • (1) No.

    (2) Upgrading will preserve existing Office applications.

    Windows XP Upgrade Advisor
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/upgrading/advisor.mspx

    How to prepare to upgrade Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition to Windows XP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316639/en-us 

     

    Thursday, October 19, 2006 12:28 PM
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  • Thanks Carey, that's reassuring.

    Could you (or anyone) also tell me.....

     if at some future date I have to wipe the hard-drive and do a clean install would the upgrade disc do that (also without the original ME disc)?

    (Because I read here http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/software/os/0,39024180,39143760,00.htm

    that the upgrade disc requires; either a working installation OR the original system discs , which I don't have)

     

    Many Thanks

     

    Thursday, October 19, 2006 3:40 PM
  • If you perform a "clean install" of Windows XP in the future, you'll be unable to do so without a qualifying older Windows CD.  I would recommend that you purchase a "full retail version" of Windows XP rather than an upgrade version.
    Thursday, October 19, 2006 9:07 PM
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