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Windows 7: Clearing old XP

13 Jul 2011   #11
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

how's it going there?


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14 Jul 2011   #12
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 
Hiyya B

Hiyya Britton
Sorry late reply B. Not too bad at the moment mate have got got a few options one being sticking a new HDD in and loading the OS on that and start from scratch.

Have found the old drive is a 3Gbs SATA and I just happen to have a spare 500GB Seagate Barracuda here and thought I might just try that first. Worst comes to the worst I can stick the old drive back in.

I think this solution sounds the simplest way to me as the other options of "refurbishing" the old drive seem rather complicated - to me anyway. Probably a savvy person or tech could do it in no time at all but I am only enough savvy to find my way around simple stuff at the moment.
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14 Jul 2011   #13
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

If you are going to re-install (clean install) it doesn't matter what drive is in there. In XP you will get the option to delete, create, and format the partitions/drives. If you want you could just leave the current drive in there, delete the partition, create a new one and format it. You don't even have to delete it if you don't want to, just format it to erase the old XP install.
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14 Jul 2011   #14
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Sounds like a good plan there John.
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14 Jul 2011   #15
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

lol, I just resurrected my old XP rig. It had been acting weird and crashing on me. Even doing a re-install it would just lock up at a certain point every time. I had decided to strip it for parts and chuck the motherboard which I was sure was bad. When I tested the BIOS battery it was way low. I was skeptical that that could cause all the problems I had, but I had nothing better to do and put it all back together with a new battery. So far so good, I'm just finishing up my clean install and installing my apps, etc. I've only been running it for a couple of hours or so but it seems stable.
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14 Jul 2011   #16
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yup a bad CMOS battery can mess you up.
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14 Jul 2011   #17
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

The thing of it was though, it wasn't loosing any BIOS settings and the date and time was OK even after being off for a while. Live and learn though, I'll not soon forget it, and it will be one of the things to look at on my trouble shooting check list.
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14 Jul 2011   #18
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Could be that it had accumulated dirt on the connections and removing it sorta cleaned it. Batteries develop that greenish corrosion at times.
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14 Jul 2011   #19
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

No it was low, I checked it in a battery tester. I put another one that tested in the green and all appears OK now.
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14 Jul 2011   #20
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 
Well so far so...

Well the new Seagate 500GB worked a treat (already formatted and partitioned 10GB) installed the XP - graphics better than ever but a downer with connecting with the net as I don't know just how to set it up.

The machine has two ethernet connections - the mobo one and a D-Link adapter card. Have been using the card on account of the previous set up (mobo socket no go). Now no go on either - I know because it needs setting up.

Problem is how to set the card adapter to accept any form of connection as I am on cable here through my ISP and my mate is having satellite put on and use a dongle if the sat connection fails.

Now if I can get the connection going I might even try the other alternative and that is to format the old drive and install onto it and get to keep my 500GB. Not that I am being stingy but it was meant for a small build that I am planning.
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