Blank C Drive - Installing XP

  Oz.100 08:30 29 May 2006
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Can anyone help. Have an old laptop which has a blank C: drive (been formatted), has to be started with a boot disk. Previously had Windows 98 but now want to install XP that I got with my desktop. Laptop only has a floppy drive so I have had to copy the contents of the XP cd onto floppy disks. Can this be done & if so how ? I am a real novice. would appreciate any help available.

Thank you

  Taff™ 08:39 29 May 2006

I suggest you don`t even try! The number of floppys would be huge and I don`t think it can be done anyway. A floppy disc stores 1.4 Mb of data and you`re looking at the CD Rom holding up to 500 times that.

You cannot load XP onto two machines legally anyway so if you`ve activated XP on your desktop it won`t work on your Laptop.

Thirdly, If the old laptop was Windows 98 as opposed to 98SE I doubt if it will even be capable of running XP. Look at the minimum requirements for XP in terms of disk space, RAM and processor speed - will your laptop be up to that spec?

Sorry to put a dampener on this but if I were you I`d simply reload the Windows 98 version.

  Taff™ 08:42 29 May 2006

click here for the minimum requirements. Also note that you would need all the XP drivers (If they are available) for your laptop.

  spuds 10:04 29 May 2006

I wouldn't even think about using floppy's for installing XP. It could turn out a mammoth task, something that you wished you had not started.Then as Taff suggests, there are other things to consider, especially if the laptop is very old.

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