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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by rhikdavis, Jun 14, 2005.
Free preferably...hahahaha....but will consider all others!
Yeah, format and upgrade to Windows XP Pro......
With Windows ME you should first clean up with Ccleaner
Good Windows ME registry cleaner here
This one may be easier to use
This is, in all seriousness, the best advice any ME 'user' can follow.
Millennium Edition is the misbegotten bastard child of the M$ lineup, and even BillG admits it.
Most people I know who 'upgraded' to ME from Win98SE have either gone back to 98, done a REAL upgrade to Win2K or XP, or sworn off PC's for good!
Besides, there is less support for the older OSes now, so the sooner you can make the switch, the better.
So start backing everything up (address books & Bookmarks, pics, songs ect) and buy a WinXP Upgrade disk.
Then Delete the old partition, create a new one and format the drive with NTFS; install from there.
You'll be a much happier PC owner if you do not try to run XP on FAT32...so DO NOT DO AN 'UPGRADE' OR 'OVERLAY' INSTALLATION--NO MATTER WHAT!!!
Thanks for the input, folks...
I do have a copy of XP that came with a new laptop...I suppose that'd be alright to use, eh?
As long as it's not installed elswhere...
Why is that? How do they know how many times its been installed?
Indeed they do. Product activation, son...it's the New Big Thing in software these days.
Another thing: That CD doesn't say "Recovery Disk" on it anywhere, correct? Just has the XP holograph embedded in it?
No restore disk will work with your machine as the drivers included with it will not work with your system's hardware.
And if you activated the laptop then the folks in Redmond will want you to buy another copy of XP.
A tip: if you buy a hard drive or even just a floppy cable you can get an OEM version of XP Home for about $50 to $60 bucks...
And if that is a real XP CD you can get a no-media Product Key to activate it on a second PC with for around $40 or so.
I buy the keycodes 12 at a time so I can install XP onto client PC's on the cheap.
And if not XP, Win2k pro is just as good, and doesn't come with all the headaches of micro$oft big brother watching and controlling your every move.
Seriously, change OSs. Even reverting back to win98 second edition would be better than sticking with ME.
Two questions. Where do you get XP for $50. And where do you buy the keycodes?
I do informal IT stuff for our law firm, just because no one else can (small firm). I refused to work on our lone ME machine after a bit because it was an everyday event. As soon as I stopped coddling it, it died and then went to XP.
The latest version of Ccleaner includes a really good registry cleaner
This one works great
and it fixed my Firefox problem after I updated Firefox to the latest version.
Run the program,click Tools>Registry Cleanup>Do Them All,then check the boxes under "These entries are found to be useless and they should be safe to remove",Then click "Remove Selected",When it finshes click Exit.