How to installing XP on drive that had Win98


I just bought a new computer with Windows XP. My old computer has Windows 98se. The old computer has been running like crap for a little while and I thought I would format the drive and install XP on it since I do not have any of my disks for Win98.

I have installed a second drive before but never actually formatted the c: drive and started from scratch. Is there anything in particular I should know about doing this or is it as simple as just formatting the drive and booting to the XP disc?

And what about the necessary drivers for the original hardware.....will XP take care of this for me?

Just looking for some basic tips if anyone could be kind enough. Thanks.


This question was answered on November 23, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Just boot from the XP CD and follow the menus.

There will be an option to install a fresh copy If you have a problem where it wants to retain 98 as well, just boot using a 98 boot disk ( and format it first, but it should not be required.

Remember you cannot use the XP CD that came with your new PC, as it will not "activate" (or, if it does, your new PC will be locked out when you try and update).

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Posted by Michael of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 23, 2004