upgrading  my computer

Posted on 2005-05-05
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
I have  computer  Operating  system Windows 2000 on it, would  like to install XP on that
does i need to install all drivers again

Anysimple  suggestions also great help

Thank Q
Question by:gharishr
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    Hi gharishr,
    The simple answer is "Yes".
    You're talking about installing an entirely new operating system.  That will need it's own drivers for the hardware in the machine, which may well be different from the WIn2000 drivers.

    You should check that Win XP supports the hardware in your machine.  It's fine with most modern hardware though.

    Does that help?
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Generally you won't have to reinstall.  If your computer is old enough to be running Windows 2000, XP PROBABLY has drivers for your devices built in.  It's a good idea to run /checkupgradeonly from the XP Pro CD to ensure nothing currently installed on 2000 is going to be a problem.  Though in my experience you rarely have problems with an upgrade from 2000 (you FAR more frequently have problems with upgrades from 98/Me).  If your computer is "too new" then you could have more driver issues as XP won't have drivers for the newest devices and it might not be able to use the old 2000 drivers.  (However, 2000 if functionally quite similar to XP and some drivers may be compatible, but it's always best to look for an XP driver first).

    Also note: you don't say what version of XP you are trying to upgrade to.  You CANNOT upgrade to XP Home.  You must be upgrading to XP Pro.

    Author Comment

    First  of  all Thanks  to  all

    I had  a second  hand  computer, I dont  have have drivers with that computer, Everytime  i am trying  to download any program(Yahoo messanger, Microsoft Antyspyware...) I am gettign  error Temp folder is  full,U dont  have previlleges and  all.....

    Thats  why I am looking  for  upgrading  my computer  to XP professional

    Could  u post any suggestions
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    by:Nick Sui
    >>>Everytime  i am trying  to download any program(Yahoo messanger, Microsoft Antyspyware...) I am gettign  error Temp folder is  full,U dont  have previlleges and  all.....

    If, for this reason you are trying to upgrade then you can eliminate this problem easily. Goto your user Temp folder and delete the unnecessary files. You can find your Temp folder in the following location:  -

    \Documents and Settings\your_usre_name\Local Settings\Temp

    Folders are hidden....goto Control Panel > Folder Options > View tab > tick on "Show hidden files and folders" to see hidden folders.

    Then check the permissions on your profile or Temp folder specifically. You must have Read and Write access to Temp folder because any program you setup in your computer, by default, will extract files to Temp folder.

    Let me know.
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    by:Wayne Barron
    SystemProg, has the right information there.

    This is no reason to Upgrade your computer to XP, by no means.

    Good Luck

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