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Xp is not offcial

All the information u gave was great but i forgot to mention the reason i want put in the NT workstation cd is because that is the only proper one i have, and iv read i can update to windows xp through that offical version.
sorry and thankyou

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  • Sarah Currie Aug 18, 2008

    Wow thanks for all that info!

    Yeah i will have to go for the cheap option as im a student, in my own flat,and i dont have any money to spend!

    i have floppy discs, and a floppy disk drive but i can only have one in the laptop at a time.not floppies the actual cdrom n floppy drives. would this be a problem and how many days/weeks do u think it would take to get all the upgrades (via microsoft/windows update sites i assume?) to xp pro?

    Thanks ur great at this,im rating u all the time!


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Please expalin.
I know you can Upgrade to XP at a discount from NT (actually it works from any pervious version of Windows to XP) but there is no Update from NT to XP.
I've been doing IT work for a long time, and I am a registered Microsoft Partner, and I have never heard of an Update to XP.

If you do mean upgrade to XP, here's how I would do it.
Get a copy of XP (preferably Pro, the upgrade version is fine, and you can still fine it a number of places). What they don't tell you about upgrade versions is that it is a full copy of XP, that just have a sequence that need the previous key to continue.
Use the XP disk to format, and begin the load.
During the install, it will ask for the qualified version of Windows you are upgrading from. You put in the NT CD, and it will continue the install (you just have to swap CD's back and forth a couple of times).
The previous version does not need to be installed.

If the NT is the only disk you have, and you don't want to purchase the XP upgrade, there is a whole process that you have to go through.
You do have to create 3 floppies that have the boot and load sequence.
This is not a real user friendly install, but it can be done.

I personaly would spend the time and money to find a copy of XP. Here again, your end product is going to be something you are much happier with.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008

  • Coss Aug 19, 2008

    If you are going to do the XP install, you don't need the floppies, just the main CD.

    You may want to have a glance at eBay for a copy of XP.

    Or here

    Since you are a student, there are great deals to be had. Microsoft offers educational versions of all of their software, or you might even want to talk to your school bookstore. They may have a copy left since XP has reached EOL (End of Life) in the product cycle.

    Depending on your school, they may also have a program for MS software.

    Something to check before you spend any money.

    Thank you very much for the rating. glad i could help.

    I check in here fairly often, and you know the user name if you have any additional questions.



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