Computer guys question

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Mon Rominee, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. Hey guys, quick question....I just aquired an HP Pavillion from a friend on a freebie, and wanted to use it with Mackie Tracktion for a desktop based recording setup. Thing is, tracktion wants to run on XP, and this HP, which is like 3 years old, is running on ME. I know theyre two different technologies..(me being 16 bit DOS, XP being , what, 24 or 32 bit)...but I wanted to try the ME to XP upgrade, as Microsoft says it's possible...all the other specs fall in line or exceed what I need for Tracktion, just the OS issue.

    The upgrade is like 90 bucks. Should I do it? I'd have a kickass computer for 90 bucks..(it's already more than kickass for free...DVD burner, gig of RAM, 80 gig) and it would give my laptop a break.....

  2. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    Does the upgrade include the full version CD? You absolutely must wipe the drive completely and install XP from scratch. I do not care what microsoft tells you, I don't care what HP tells you, I've done thousands of roll up upgrades and they NEVER work right, especially going from 9x to 2k/XP due to the differences in system architecture and kernels. When I was doing independant IT work I made craploads of money fixing machines that had been rolled up from 9x to 2k and suddenly found themselve without vital functionality, like the ability to run programs. Usually I'd have to toss the drive in another box, pull off the important data and do a full wipe + rebuild. On the rare occasion that I did get something working (usually by manually editing every possible registry entry so it could find what it needed in the system folder) I don't recall a single instance where one of these boxes stayed fixed afterwards. Every single one I ever say I eventually ended up leveling and redoing.

    Don't even try a roll up, it easier to just back up your important stuff (especially since you are coming from a different computer), wipe the drive and install from scratch. Windows is flaky enough as it is without breaking it from the very begining.

    If you are talking about getting a full version CD for $90 go for it, but make sure its not a version that must be installed on top of ME to work.
  3. Shell out the money and buy a full version of XP. Home version should be good enough. Probably can be had for less than 200.00.

    Re-format and start fresh. I don't think upgrading is ever a good idea, but esp. with ME.

    ME is crap.
  4. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio

    On HP (I have one) all the drivers are on the HP's also the same disk with the OS. This disc is proprietary. I would go to and do an online "chat". I have actually had great luck with HP service... ask them for an upgrade disc for that machine. Remember the disc will have all the drivers and the OS.

    Just my 2 pesos...

  5. Ok, good informations so far, I thank you. I also have the option of taking the XP disc that came with my Dell laptop, but was unsure if it is a complete disc...I'll look into it. If I can do it that way, as a fresh OS install, that'd be fine, but I don't want to have "legality issues"... then again, I paid for the damn thing....

    Tash, the 90 dollar CD was a roll-up version.
  6. The Dell disk probably won't be legal, but it most likely won't work anyway. I doubt it's an off the shelf XP disc, but rather a restore disk to the original install of XP for that particular laptop with specific drivers etc. OEM disk licenses are tied to the hardware, so in that case it's not legally allowed to be installed with any other hardware than what it came with.
  7. Exactly as I surmised. Hell, I'll keep using the laptop until I can score the bread for the desktop.

    still beats buying a new box. to an extent.

  8. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    You can do a clean install with the upgrade version of XP.
  9. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    Dell OS installation disks, sniff for proprietary coding they imbed in thier bios... you can NOT install a Dell provided copy of any windows style of OS into a NON-Dell machine...