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Checklist for XP PRo to WIN98 Computers

By pebrown1 ·
Need to upgrade 75 staff computers in the school from 98-2nd to XP PRO while trying to keep all other files and programs on the work stations.
Using server 2000 and have little experience.

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Checklist for XP PRo to WIN98 Computers

by TheChas In reply to Checklist for XP PRo to ...

1. Check for hardware and software compatibility issues.
(I use 2 times Windows minimums as my requirements for a "functional" system.)
There is a web based tool at www.pcpitstop.com

2. Perform a hardware inventory and make sure that you have any drivers downloaded and on hand.
(If a printer or scanner manufacture does not offer a driver for XP, assume that the device WILL not function properly in all modes on a XP system.)

3. Determine security and firewall strategy. Forget about XP'sbuilt-in firewall.

4. Back up ALL user files on ALL PCs.

5. Consider creating a system image for each set of hardware and installing XP from the image.

I recommend AGAINST installing XP as an upgrade. Many users who have installed XP as an upgrade have had major problems and ended up wiping their drives and starting over.

As to keeping users files and programs:
The files are fairly easy.
Back up the user folders on each system before installing XP. Then, restore the files.
The only trick, is finding all of the user files if they use folders other than My Documents.

Programs are problematic.
Most need to install files in the Windows folders, and create registry entries.

Choose a couple of systems, and perform a test update to see what problems you will run into.

What you might want to do, is perform a roving upgrade.
Set up a spare system with a hot swap drive bay.
Have a few spare hard drives on hand.

Remove the users drive, install one of the spare drives.
Load XP, or install your XP image.
Mount the users drive in the hot swap bay.

Boot up the spare system connected to the users system with a cross-over cable.
Use the files and settings transfer wizard to transfer the users files and desktop settings.
Some programs will also transfer over.

Chas

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Checklist for XP PRo to WIN98 Computers

by PhiltheGreat In reply to Checklist for XP PRo to ...

My suggestion:
1) If it is needed to change to XP, change to XP Home Edition. It is cheaper and most features are available. The more features the computers contain, the more headache come.

2) But if you don't have much experience on the server2000, it is recommended not to change to XP in this time. Win 2000 is stable after several SP now. Actually, the XP is like a multimedia enriched Win98. (It is why is not sold in good result.)
3) In my experience, win 2000 is more stable than Win XP, of course better than win 98.
4) But you must think of the re-training of all the staffs after changing to win XP, there are many features that the staffs don't understand and more multimedia features will challenge your knowledge of the new features.

My recommendation: Don't change it. Stick to the win 2000 and use the most updated SP. Since win 2000 has been used for several years, it is more stable than XP and less security problems. Besides, there are less new features that will cause problems. Besides, though Win 98 is buggy, but most of the users have been accustomed to it and it is easier for them to customize it.

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Checklist for XP PRo to WIN98 Computers

by PhiltheGreat In reply to Checklist for XP PRo to ...

My suggestion:
1) If it is needed to change to XP, change to XP Home Edition. It is cheaper and most features are available. The more features the computers contain, the more headache come.

2) But if you don't have much experience on the server2000, it is recommended not to change to XP in this time. Win 2000 is stable after several SP now. Actually, the XP is like a multimedia enriched Win98. (It is why is not sold in good result.)
3) In my experience, win 2000 is more stable than Win XP, of course better than win 98.
4) But you must think of the re-training of all the staffs after changing to win XP, there are many features that the staffs don't understand and more multimedia features will challenge your knowledge of the new features.

My recommendation: Don't change it. Stick to the win 2000 and use the most updated SP. Since win 2000 has been used for several years, it is more stable than XP and less security problems. Besides, there are less new features that will cause problems. Besides, though Win 98 is buggy, but most of the users have been accustomed to it and it is easier for them to customize it.

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Checklist for XP PRo to WIN98 Computers

by PhiltheGreat In reply to Checklist for XP PRo to ...

My suggestion:
1) If it is needed to change to XP, change to XP Home Edition. It is cheaper and most features are available. The more features the computers contain, the more headache come.

2) But if you don't have much experience on the server2000, it is recommended not to change to XP in this time. Win 2000 is stable after several SP now. Actually, the XP is like a multimedia enriched Win98. (It is why is not sold in good result.)
3) In my experience, win 2000 is more stable than Win XP, of course better than win 98.
4) But you must think of the re-training of all the staffs after changing to win XP, there are many features that the staffs don't understand and more multimedia features will challenge your knowledge of the new features.

My recommendation: Don't change it. Stick to the win 2000 and use the most updated SP. Since win 2000 has been used for several years, it is more stable than XP and less security problems. Besides, there are less new features that will cause problems. Besides, though Win 98 is buggy, but most of the users have been accustomed to it and it is easier for them to customize it.

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Checklist for XP PRo to WIN98 Computers

by PhiltheGreat In reply to Checklist for XP PRo to ...

My suggestion:
1) If it is needed to change to XP, change to XP Home Edition. It is cheaper and most features are available. The more features the computers contain, the more headache come.

2) But if you don't have much experience on the server2000, it is recommended not to change to XP in this time. Win 2000 is stable after several SP now. Actually, the XP is like a multimedia enriched Win98. (It is why is not sold in good result.)
3) In my experience, win 2000 is more stable than Win XP, of course better than win 98.
4) But you must think of the re-training of all the staffs after changing to win XP, there are many features that the staffs don't understand and more multimedia features will challenge your knowledge of the new features.

My recommendation: Don't change it. Stick to the win 2000 and use the most updated SP. Since win 2000 has been used for several years, it is more stable than XP and less security problems. Besides, there are less new features that will cause problems. Besides, though Win 98 is buggy, but most of the users have been accustomed to it and it is easier for them to customize it.

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Checklist for XP PRo to WIN98 Computers

by p.delacey In reply to Checklist for XP PRo to ...

I see someone advises you to install XP Home. Don't do it, if you have a domain server, as XP Home won't log in to a domain. XP Pro is needed.
I have tried installing some new machines in our school, with Win XP Pro, and ended up wiping them and installing Win 98. The reason: we have an NT4 server and XP won't implement the group policies properly, or at least I haven't been able to make it do so. (I still have one machine with XP and am continuing to work on this). With a Win 2000 server you may find policies work ok, but you will still need to set policies separately for Win 98 and Win XP.
User files should be stored on the server anyway, and backed up regularly. It's probably better to reinstall programs with a new OS rather than try to keep them on the disk. Some hardware (e.g. some scanners & printers) may not work with XP due to lack of drivers; install on one machine first and test. If they won't work, keep Win98 on some machines or you will have to upgrade the hardware.

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Checklist for XP PRo to WIN98 Computers

by dynamikcomputers In reply to Checklist for XP PRo to ...

ALAS ther is many out there giving information when perhaps they would be better off checking for some actual facts first. xp home is Not meant for anything other than HOME becuse of the fact that it is stripped down in the areas that involve majot networking which is where you are going. second Win 98 has no available security that is not easily transgressed. eventually you will whether you want it or not need to go to REAL O/S ie: NTFS file system as FAT32 has not got the capability of security. I could go on for days but the short of it is that provided you have a NTFS file system SERVER with the latest service packs then there is no reason not to go the upgrade to XP PRO given the budget has the room for the move: ie:licenses and training. some of your old applications may also need attention yes but most can be run if absolutely neccessary in emulation mode but would be better with the newer versions. SO do yourself a big favour and sort through the garbage and spend the time to do the proper research and come up what you need, have budget for, and do it. every upgrade has some glitches but they are a lot less of a head ache if you research correctly first.

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