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How can I Upgrade Compaq ME to Win 2000?

By Sherry ·
Hi. I have both a Compaq Presario 5wv254 and a 1200us presario laptop, both running ME. I would like to use Windows 2000 on at least the desktop, but from what I saw on Compaq's website, they don't recommend it...
I don't like ME, and would much prefer 2000 if will work. So, anything you guys can do to help, I'd appreciate it!
Sherry

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How can I Upgrade Compaq ME to Win 2000?

by TheChas In reply to How can I Upgrade Compaq ...

From a quick look, the biggest issue I see is that you need more RAM for W2K.
I would want to have at least 256MB.

Beyond that, download a system inventory utility such as Belarc Advisor www.belarc.com
or Sandra www.sisoftware.com

Make sure that you can get W2K drivers for ALL hardware, printers, and periphials.
If so, you should have no problems upgrading.

Remember that W2K is not very game or multi-media friendly.

Chas

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by Sherry In reply to How can I Upgrade Compaq ...

Hi, I already have 384 on the desktop, so that's not a problem. I think getting all the drivers is going to be the problem.

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by nikki96 In reply to How can I Upgrade Compaq ...

You are better off going to XP. Compaq, like HP, has a lot of proprietary hardware (monitor, modem, graphics card, etc) that you will have a heck of a time finding drivers for. I know I couldn't get all of them for my HP. I had to go to XP, which can use the ME drivers for hardware you've already installed (it did mine anyway - YMMV).
When I tried to go to 2000 with my HP without all the drivers, my monitor stopped working right and it couldn't even find the modem. I hear people have similar problems with Compaq boxes. Going to XP solved that.

Good luck!

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by Sherry In reply to How can I Upgrade Compaq ...

If I can't use 2000, I'll try to go with XP...
Thanks!

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by c.barnhorst In reply to How can I Upgrade Compaq ...

Compaq has a procedure for this on their website and in the documentation that comes with their laptops.

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by Sherry In reply to How can I Upgrade Compaq ...

Thanks, I'll take a look!

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