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Born Slippy
Posted - 2007.09.16 17:16:00 - [1]
 

I have windows XP OEM installed and want to overwrite it with Vista ultimate OEM. Firstly how do i uninstall XP to completly rid my HD of everything on it? I know how to format the PC but formatting the hard drive so it's shiny new i do not. Secondly, I have heard rumours that if your not a certified Microsoft partner (i.e a business) and your using OEM to install on a home PC whereas you should be using retail then Microsoft will block your copy? Shocked

Cheers!

knifee
Caldari
Euphoria Released
HYDRA RELOADED
Posted - 2007.09.16 17:31:00 - [2]
 

When you install vista, there is an option to format and/or delete any partitions on your hard drive. That will do for killing everything on the hard drive Xp and all.

OEM copies are meant to be sold with new PCs (or an upgrade) however no one really seems to care. It would be almost imposable for M$ to tell what was a new build, an upgrade or some1 who just bought a new copy for an old pc.

Born Slippy
Posted - 2007.09.16 17:38:00 - [3]
 

Ah klkl tnx. And this really is a differant thread but would my PC with a P4 3.4ghz CPU, 2.5gb of PC3200 ram and a 8600gt run Ultimate smoothly or would i notice a slowdown? Very Happy

anister
Black Omega Security
Pandemic Legion
Posted - 2007.09.16 17:47:00 - [4]
 

It will run just fine on those specs.

knifee
Caldari
Euphoria Released
HYDRA RELOADED
Posted - 2007.09.16 17:48:00 - [5]
 

Should be fine.. you can try this little tool which should tell you how well you will get on with vista.

Akita T
Caldari Navy Volunteer Task Force
Posted - 2007.09.16 20:10:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Born Slippy
I have windows XP OEM installed and want to overwrite it with Vista ultimate OEM.

It's like millions of little nerd voices all cried out in anguish ugh
Aside from the pleas to "please, please, for the love of whatever's holy to you, don't do it"... is it NTFS of FAT32 ?
I can only assume it's NTFS.

If you want to really, really make 100% sure it's "completely wiped out", you're going to need another PC (or at least another HDD with a WinXP install, or a different partition with an OS that can read/write to NTFS partitions).
Why ? Because you need to delete all system files in the root folder, which are "locked" while you run Windows normally.
Deleting program files and documents and settings is optional, but might also be a good idea after you back up what's important to you.

Mr Friendly
The Lost and The Damned
Posted - 2007.09.18 05:33:00 - [7]
 

Originally by: Born Slippy
I have windows XP OEM installed and want to overwrite it with Vista ultimate OEM. Firstly how do i uninstall XP to completly rid my HD of everything on it? I know how to format the PC but formatting the hard drive so it's shiny new i do not. Secondly, I have heard rumours that if your not a certified Microsoft partner (i.e a business) and your using OEM to install on a home PC whereas you should be using retail then Microsoft will block your copy? Shocked

Cheers!


OEM versions install just fine. A *ahem* friend of mine recently installed one, and it went without a hitch. I hope you are installing from a bootable disk and not from a mounted image. If it's from a dvd, boot into it from system startup and completely wipe your drive/partition using the built-in formatter that is available during the Vista install (same as in XP).

Using the Vista formatter will wipe any and all data from your drive (though I don't know if it's a 'secure wipe' eg d.o.d. multi-pass wiping or not).

Oh, and ignore Akita, as she seems to have a serious hate on for Vista. It's your computer, do what you want with it. So long as you have looked at some recent (not feb but july or later) reviews for Vista and are aware of it's 'quirks', it's a worthy upgrade. If you're a happy with XP but want Vista in the near future, wait for sp1 to be released to deal with some of the 'quirks'.

Have fun.


 

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