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Best way to upgrade a Windows 98 to 2000

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I have a client with Windows 98 and they just purchased Windows 2000 and want to know the best way to upgrade.

Does anyone have the best practices for this?

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Best way to upgrade a Windows 98 to 2000

by VinnyD In reply to Best way to upgrade a Win ...

The best way is to do a clean install.

But first:
1. Make sure you have all the data they want to save backed up.

2. Make sure that you have all the hardware in the computer on the Windows 2000 compatibility list.

3. If the hardware is notlisted for compatibiltiy, go to the hardware vendors web site and get the proper windows 2000 signed drivers.

4. You will have to re-install all the software that they use. So make sure they have all the proper CD's to do that with.

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by dmiles In reply to Best way to upgrade a Win ...

The best option is to do a clean install
Check the hardware compatibility list
Do a backup in case something goes wrong
Insert the Windows2K disk in cd-rom drive and it should do a auto start
If this is to be a single partition with one operating system then you can proceed with setup by following the onscreen instructions
See the following for references
1)www.microsoft.com/windows2000
2)www.looksmart.com

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Best way to upgrade a Win ...

2 more cents:
i would check out the minimum hardware requirements (processor, RAM, hard disk space) and set customers expectations accordingly (e.g. 'you won't like the performance hit you are going to take running 2000 on this hardware'). the clean install route sounds sensible to me also. my favorite thing to do in these situations is get another hard disk if i can and put them both in. dupe the old one to the new one as a backup. then you always have a fall back position if you run into troubles with the upgrade...

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by PhiltheGreat In reply to Best way to upgrade a Win ...

Yes, for the tech. it is best to have clean install. But for the client is the worst!
Why? How can they re-install all the software without pain?!

It is easier to install the Windows 2000 directly onto the Windows 98;
The windows 2000 will collect the data contained in the computer and will make a list of the software compatibility list and will tell them which software will not work on windows 2000.

So your client can have a list of the software checked without checking the list.

If all is OK, then they can install the software directly onto the computer. It is OK to do that.
But of course the choice of the file system is important: FAT or NTFS!
NTFS is more effective and has security feature.

Besides, tell the client that they must have tech. people who knows win2k. It is not another type of win98! It is more complicated ! But it is good for the networking if they choose win2k professional. Plus win2k is more stable than that of win98!~

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by TheChas In reply to Best way to upgrade a Win ...

Just my 2 cents.

A clean install is ALWAYS the best way to upgrade an operating system.
The ONLY exception is if the client needs to use software that they cannot find the install disks for.

Next, make sure to download and have handy the latest W2K drivers for ALL hardware.

Finally, within the limits of what the client can afford, max out the installable RAM.
I recommend a minimum of 256MB for W2K / XP.

It wouldn't hurt to check the hardware and application software for W2K compatibility.

Chas

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