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How can I change operating systems

Ihave a dell computer that is running window Me and I wqant to change it to XP. It has enough memory and everything I just want to know how I can fully take off Me and then install XP

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When you get the windows XP disk and insert into your computer restart your computer and a different screen will appear. I believe its going to ask if you want to boot from disk or hard drive, select boot from disk. If not, disregard last sentence and select from these options. It will ask about what to do with main drive C:/, you will have the options to Partition the drive reformat the drive or do nothing.

If you partition the drive it will save everything from windows ME and basicly cut, or partition, your drive in half and the second half will have XP on it. Only choose this option if you have enough hard drive space, if you have nothing on the hard drive that you would like to keep from Windows ME don't select this option. Aditionaly if you do select this option you will choose on boot up to startup with windows ME or XP.

If you reformat the drive it will dump everything from the hard drive and you will have a clean slate to put windows XP on. (probably your best option)

Do nothing will be the last option, of course it will do nothing and you will not continue installing XP.

After choosing your hard drive option the rest of the install is automatic, be warned that the install can and probably will take close to an hour.

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Buy the XP UPGRADE. It is around $90 and you can find it just about anywhere thjat sells software. You need at least 512 of memory for it to run smoothly. Once you install the upgrade ME will be gone.

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Virtual memory is a portion of your hard drive that Windows sets aside to utilize as memory. When your RAM is over utilized, the operating system can swap pages of data to the hard drive to make more room. Swapping files, or paging, is slow, but it allows your computer to remain functional when your memory space is full. If your virtual memory space, or page file, fills up as well, you'll get an error. Fixing this issue is quick and the process is identical in safe mode or in a typical boot situation.


Change Virtual Memory Settings in Windows XP Click "Start" from the Windows desktop. Right-click "My Computer" and click "Properties." Select the "Advanced" tab and under Performance click "Settings." Select the "Advanced" tab and click "Change" under Virtual Memory. Click "System managed " to allow Windows to automatically adjust your Virtual Memory as needed. Click "Custom " to alter the memory space to your own specifications. Enter a value in MB equal to at least 1.5 times the of your computer's memory for the initial . Enter a value in MB no larger than four times your memory for maximum . Click "OK" and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

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You can download an iso image from the microsoft windows xp website, it is service pack3. Then just burn the image to a cd, and then take out the cd and put it back in.

It should autolaunch on it's own when you puit it back in.
When it gives you your choices, select repair install, if it offers, otherwise just let it run as normal.
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Then once it's done, eject the disk, and revoot.
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  12. Click on "OK" and then restart your computer.

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2.go to advance tab...
3. there is option to change virtual memory.
4.click on it and change virtual memory accordingly..

hope this will help you

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