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post #1 of 21
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I accidentally ordered the Windows XP Home upgrade, and not the actual product. I believe I have a leftover Windows ME CD from my current DeLL system. Can I just install ME first, then upgrade it to XP? Will there be any drawbacks to this?

EDIT: I just checked my CD - It's an ME re-install CD, for use with DeLL computers. I'm not sure if this means it will only work with DeLLs. I'm guessing so, though.

I guess I need to send it back and get myself XP Home, right?
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post #2 of 21
Try cancelling the order first, if that doesn't work, you can install ME first, then upgrade to XP Home.

Just do not waste time updating ME, use the drivers that comes with it (if any) and go into XP right away. And unless the installation will look for some hardware signature, it should work on any computer.
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post #3 of 21
well if its for a dell chances are it WILL look for a hardware signature...dell puts their own drivers and such on those things yanno?
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Originally Posted by metalkobra
well if its for a dell chances are it WILL look for a hardware signature...dell puts their own drivers and such on those things yanno?
Yes. It is Win Me, after all. At least 5 years old, when those were the security measured of the day.
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post #5 of 21
Although I have not seen an OEM ME CD in many years, so long as the dir structure is the same as retail versions...

You would boot to your XP CD.
In the midst of text mode setup, it will scan for previous versions of Windows - and fail. It will then prompt you to put in your old CD - put in your ME CD.
Then you put your XP CD back in.

Again, been many years, but I remember doing this 3 or so years ago.

What XP is doing is checking the product ID to see if it is a valid upgrade path. There is a chance that the OEM ME version will fail this check (the reason it would fail is because the OEM version is tied to some BIOS flags - and XP may not trust this CD unless it is installed and passes the BIOS checks - and can then be upgraded.)

But if you take an old ME OEM CD and put it in a different computer, it will fail.
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post #6 of 21
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This sucks. If I return it to NewEgg, I have to pay a 15% restocking fee.

I wish I knew some good cracking programs. I'd just download XP Pro. I kid, I kid.
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post #7 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Patrice Mersault
This sucks. If I return it to NewEgg, I have to pay a 15% restocking fee.

I wish I knew some good cracking programs. I'd just download XP Pro. I kid, I kid.
Not even kidding. That is a subject we do not allow.
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post #8 of 21
You don't have to return it. The upgrade is a full version of windows. Just pop in the disk, set up will begin to run at the point where you choose the HD partition to install it, Windows will scan the drive to "look" for a previous version of Windows. If it does not detect a copy of windows it will ask you to insert a "Full Reatail" version into your cd rom drive, at this point simply pop in your copy of ME and you'll be all set. You don't even have to install ME on your computer, and it will work with your ME disk even if it is a DELL version.
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post #9 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by YeaBaby
You don't have to return it. The upgrade is a full version of windows. Just pop in the disk, set up will begin to run at the point where you choose the HD partition to install it, Windows will scan the drive to "look" for a previous version of Windows. If it does not detect a copy of windows it will ask you to insert a "Full Reatail" version into your cd rom drive, at this point simply pop in your copy of ME and you'll be all set. You don't even have to install ME on your computer, and it will work with your ME disk even if it is a DELL version.
Are you positive of this? I don't want to screw myself and lose the refund from NewEgg by waiting for my other stuff to arrive, to build my computer, and finally try that out.
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post #10 of 21
Yes I am positive of this. I've done it with an Emachines version of Windows XP and a Windows XP Home Edition upgrade disk that I bought. It should work fine for ME also as the upgrade is supported all the way back to Windows 98.
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