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Maggnum
09-14-2004, 01:11 PM
Any actual experiences out there as to which type of install has the least amount of pain associated with it?

In addition, actual experiences of pros and cons would be appreciated as well.

Thanks

Maggnum
09-14-2004, 01:11 PM
Any actual experiences out there as to which type of install has the least amount of pain associated with it?

In addition, actual experiences of pros and cons would be appreciated as well.

Thanks

steve_v
09-14-2004, 01:13 PM
There is only one answer and that is a clean install.

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BinaryFalcon
09-14-2004, 01:33 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>There is only one answer and that is a clean install.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Quoted for truth.

In all of my years, I've almost never seen an upgrade go through perfectly. The only execptions have been upgrades from clean formats (ie, Format, install Win95, upgrade to Win98).

The goal is to go from a blank formatted drive to the final OS in as few steps as possible.

EDIT: Also, go with NTFS, not FAT32.

flyingscampi
09-14-2004, 01:39 PM
If you go for a clean install make sure you have the drivers for XP to connect to the internet. Some network cards/modems don't have the drivers built in to XP and it's awkward to download them with no internet connection http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

scootertgm
09-14-2004, 01:42 PM
Well it depends, is this a business PC or a home PC. If it is fo rhome then save yourself $100 and do a clean install of XP home.

Either way, do a clean install, it is worth it.

TopGunSF
09-14-2004, 07:02 PM
Upgrading is begging for a system wide foul-up. Do a clean install but make sure that you download all the WinXP drivers for your hardware and save them to a cd so you can use them later. Also DO NOT GO ONLINE WITHOUT TURNING ON WINDOWS FIREWALL, INSTALLING A 3RD PARTY FIRE WALL, OR INSTALLING WINXP SERVICE PACK 2! I can not emphasize that enough. I HAD TO GO THROUGH 17 CLEAN INSTALLS! MSblaster and similiar viruses where getting into my computer when I was registering it with Microsoft on the welcome screen. DO NOT allow your computer to go online before adding a firewall, turning on windows firewall, or installing windows xp sp2 from a cd. Viruses got into my system so quickly that by the time I had put in antivirus the computer was not responding to me at all. SP2 will fix the virus problem, it has a very good firewall that is turned on by default with it.

RocketRobin__
09-14-2004, 07:52 PM
Upgrading XP will perform a clean reinstall your OS, but only your OS. This allows you to keep all your other files intact, including your drivers. Just make sure you immediately reinstall you SP (one or two) and updates after XP has been reinitialized.

When performing an installation of XP, you must delete your original partition, create a new one and format. This will gain you nothing over and means you lose all of the data that was in that particular partition.
That's as much fun as cutting off your head with a dirty spoon, but if it makes you feel better... different strokes for different folks...

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Weather_Man
09-14-2004, 09:42 PM
Ever watch "The Fly"? That's what upgrading will do to you. Lose a byte here, add a byte there....

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Maggnum
09-15-2004, 12:32 PM
Thank you very much for the advice. Looks like a Clean Install it will be.

Planning to use a small 2nd hard drive as storage for XP drivers, SP1, SP2 and then let XP prepare (partition, format) the main hard drive. After clean install, will copy the drivers etc. onto the main hard drive and install them from there. Hope there will be no conflicts between the Fat32 and NTFS file systems when I do the copy.

Will definitley do this OFFLINE until firewall and anti virus are up and going.

Any further advice in the form of actual experiences will be appreciated.

Thanks again for the heads up on the virus threat and info on other threads.