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Q: I have a laptop with a legal, licensed copy of Windows ME. I
understand that ME is eligible for the Windows XP Home Upgrade version. Does the
XP Home Upgrade version allow a complete format of the hard drive and "clean"
install? I want no remnants of Me left on the disk. In other words, I'm thinking
I'll insert the Home edition upgrade CD. It will see Windows Me and discern that
my laptop is eligible for the upgrade version. Then it will offer the option of
formatting the drive before install. Is this true?
A: Yes. You can perform a 'full' installation of Windows XP
Home from the upgrade CD. The way you've suggested should
work. The way that will certainly work is to use the XP Home
upgrade CD to boot your computer and start the installation process.
During the text mode part of the install, you will be prompted to insert your
Windows ME CD to verify that you own an upgradable version of Windows.
Once this is done, you can cleanly install the upgrade version of XP
Home onto your system just like you could with a 'full' version of