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Old 03-22-2004, 05:46 PM   #1
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Installing and/or Updating Windows OS

I have a Mac and a PC and was curious how one goes about updating or reinstalling the Windows OS. I currently have Windows 2000 Professional. If I wanted to update to Windows XP Professional, how would I do that? With the Mac, you just boot up from the install disc, install, reboot to the hard drive and all the applications are still there in the exact same place, except now you have the new OS. Is it like that in Windows? Or do you have to do something gay with a floppy disc? What if I decided to delete a part of the operating system (like Internet Explorer) and discovered that I should probably reinstall 2000? Can this be easily done without a floppy if I have the CD?

Edit: Also curious... does Windows XP require more CPU than 2000? Will Windows 2000 Professional run faster on the same computer than Windows XP Professional?

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Old 03-22-2004, 08:03 PM   #2
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good question! I also am interested in this topic as I have asked Alucard to no avail.
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Old 03-22-2004, 08:23 PM   #3
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Hmmmm... still no response. Do people on this forum not know about computers?
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Old 03-22-2004, 11:01 PM   #4
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If your upgrading, just insert the WinXP when your running win2k. It'll ask you if you want to upgrade or install double OS. Normally, all applications will carry over from the upgrade. But it is recommended to do a clean install.

For a clean format install, put WinXP into the cd drive, restart computer, and go into BIOS by pressing keys (usually 'delete'). From there, You gotta change the boot device order to primary CD-ROM and make your HD secondary booting. Then save and reboot. When you boot up, you'll see a message similar to "press a key to boot from cd". Press it and windows installer will guide you through the process. You should be given a choice for delete partition and format the whole drive.

Let me know if you have other questions.

EDIT: Windows XP is built from Windows2k(nt). Windows XP is just newer, reworked codes, and more efficient in handling codes than Windows2k. But in return adds more features, skins, and other stuff. From that theory, Win2k should require less CPU power than WinXP. But I doubt you'll notice the difference of both OS using modern computers. Windows just reside in memory, it all depend on what application your running. If you got a 400mhz cpu, it'll just take you longer to start windows and slower just to maintain cpu power of what window needs to perform.

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Old 03-23-2004, 01:29 AM   #5
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eh? Didn't you get my PM, Vicviper? I swear I sent it.
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Old 03-23-2004, 03:03 AM   #6
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No I didn't get it. I feel like you don't like me anymore
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Old 03-23-2004, 03:23 AM   #7
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No one likes you, Vic.
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Old 03-23-2004, 04:20 AM   #8
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Well...uhm.. I do like his avatar.
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Old 03-23-2004, 04:30 AM   #9
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Whats wrong JOE!! Having some computer problems aaahahahhaha!!!

Anyways, Im pretty sure that upgrading Windows is the same as your Mac. XP doesnt require a floppy for anything that I am aware of. And I dont know about Xp needing a better system, other than more ram than Win 2000. Overall XP should improve your performance. I once had in on a 800Mhz Proc with 256 MB of SDRam running XP just fine. I do know that windows 98 cant run on and AMD 2600 or above, maybe even lower.
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Old 03-23-2004, 04:57 AM   #10
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Nope. No computer problems here.
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Old 03-23-2004, 12:59 PM   #11
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My mom likes me..............and she is someone!


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Old 03-23-2004, 06:45 PM   #12
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Your mom likes EVERYONE! Oh wait, perhaps you didn't need to know that.
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Old 03-23-2004, 07:00 PM   #13
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I will kill you with my bare hands! and I will hear the lamentation of your mom and I will laugh! Then I will steal all 6 of your video games. That's how many you own right? And I will steal all your systems and your Mac. But first I must kill you!
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Old 03-23-2004, 07:46 PM   #14
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OK. Sounds like a plan.
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Old 03-23-2004, 11:55 PM   #15
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hmm.. Oh well, must be a glitch or something cause I swear I typed out a huge thing.. Anyway, do exactly what discomfort wings said. I'd also recommend formatting your HDD before installing a fresh winXP. Though you'd be better off with the full version and not just the update.
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