me to xp

  pernic 19:06 02 Mar 2006

3 yr old aries amd 1.4, currently running ME.
Wishing to change to XP, is it ok to just upgrade or is it advisable to add second hard drive install XP on this and run as dual boot?

  Diodorus Siculus 19:13 02 Mar 2006

I'd backup everything and install xp from fresh.

Do you have an upgrade version or full version?

  g0nvs 19:34 02 Mar 2006

As Diodorus Siculus suggests do a clean install with XP, I tried to upgrade over the top of ME and had many problems that way.

  pernic 21:00 03 Mar 2006

as yet i have neither, but so far it would appear an upgrade is not ideal.
ta for replies

  ade.h 21:03 03 Mar 2006

Don't buy a full version though. You still have the right and the ability to perform a clean installation with an upgrade copy (of retail status) by inserting the ME CD for examination during the XP installation procedure.

  ade.h 21:05 03 Mar 2006

That is; if you have either a retail or OEM copy of ME. Any full copy of a valid OS is permitted under the EULA, even if it is OEM. The use of a retail upgrade copy of XP will effectively turn an original OEM licence into a full retail licence. I clarified this with Microsoft UK recently.

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