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Hello All,
I want to install Windows XP on my PC. I bought the full version because I want to legitimately have my own copy on my PC, and want to copy over "my" current version of windows 98. ( I do not have access to the windows 98 discs anymore. )
To do this I think I will have to choose the NEW INSTALL option. Problem is that this will delete my hard-drive, and I don't have a CD burner to back everything up. There is too much info to use disks as a back-up.
Anyone have any ideas as to what I should do???
What would happen if I chose the UPGRADE option, even though I have the full version disc?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks a lot,
J
 

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First, you need to back up your data. You can use floppies if that's all you have, but it might take many of them, and it could be a long and complicated process especially if you have single files larger than 1.44MB.

I suggest you purchase a backup-type device. Zip drives, Jazz drives, tape drives, CD-RW drives, etc. Get something to back up your data with. You need this regardless of whether or not you're upgrading your operating system. Of course, if you don't store anything of value on your computer, don't bother backing up. If your data is important, you MUST back it up or eventually you WILL lose some or all of it.

The best way to "upgrade" to a new OS is to format your drive and reinstall Windows XP without anything else on the computer. According to PC World magazine, you can perform a full, new installation with just the upgrade version of XP. The full version is only for people who do not own an upgradable version of Windows.
 

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Max19,
Thanks for your response. I will buy something to properly back-up my data. That is great advice. I do back-up a few very important files, but I would hate to lose even those of lesser importance.
I have Windows 98 on my computer, but I do not own that copy. So that is why I want to install my own full version.
Also, how do you go about formatting your hard drive?
Thanks again for your help,
J
 
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