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Migrating from Windows 95 to Windows XP

By Benjamin ·
Hello all

I am currently preparing a project to migrate all of our users from Windows 95 to Windows XP. We use Windows 95 profiles/policies and Netware client 3.1 sp2 for networking.

Here's my question to all of you. I would like some tips and/or experiences you have had with migrating to Windows XP. I don't plan on upgrading but installing the OS from scratch and build from there.

Our hardware is Dell GX110s and GX1s. We have allowed in the preliminary plan to upgrade all machines to 128MB of memory. Since we have several machines with just 64MB we were going to include testing Windows XP with just this much memory. Did anyone out there try to run XP with just 64MB? We use networked HP printers.

Our software is mixed with bespoke and general 32 bit applications. Part of my plan is to create a table with existing applications and then research to see if they are compatible. Is this what you did? Is there some templates out there which helped you out?

I will assign this quite a lot of points and share this with all who answer with some links, info, document references, etc. that may have proved useful in your project.

Thank you very much in advance for your help.

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Migrating from Windows 95 to Windows XP

by dmiles In reply to Migrating from Windows 95 ...

The main concern here would be the hardware drivers on the current systems to be upgraded to Windows XP

See the following sites for more info
1)http://howto.lycos.com
2)http://support.microsoft.com
Microsoft Knowledgebase article 316639
3)www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
4)www.supersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_foundations
5)www.utexas.edu/computer/xp

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Migrating from Windows 95 to Windows XP

by Benjamin In reply to Migrating from Windows 95 ...

Some good information on some of these sites. Many thanks.

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by Benjamin In reply to Migrating from Windows 95 ...

Sorry, but none of these sites actually specifically covered a Windows XP migration.

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by timwalsh In reply to Migrating from Windows 95 ...

WinXP on 64MB - Don't go there. You won't enjoy the experience. I'm running XP with 128MB on the laptop I'm using to write this. With only Outlook and 2 browser windows open, the computer is using 133MB (which means it is using the swapfile constantly).

Software compatibility: Use the Upgrade Advisor (available on either the XP Pro CD or as a download from Microsoft). This will check installed software against a database at Microsoft that contains a listing of software with known compatibility issues. It will also tell you if compatibility can't be guaranteed because the software isn't recognized (which should prod you to specifically test that software). The Upgrade Advisor will allow you either print the results of its test or save those results to a text file. If most of your computers are running approximately the same software mix, you would only need to run the Upgrade Advisor on a couple of computers to see what you are up against.

Since you stated that you planon doing clean installations (which means you really aren't doing an "true" migration), you are avoiding a lot of potential problems that can crop up when doing an in-place upgrade. Clean installs tend to go much smoother than upgrades. The downside, of course, is that you need to reinstall all the applications.

Make sure you have a good listing of hardware for each computer and have current XP-compatible hardware drivers available "just in case" XP doesn't include the drivers for your specific hardware (usually this isn't a problem as XP includes drivers for a wider range of hardware than did previous versions of Windows).

The more common the hardware and software you are currently running across all your computers, the less testing you will need to accomplish before going "live".

Good luck.

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by Benjamin In reply to Migrating from Windows 95 ...

Very good information. Thank you. I knew most of this but a good response any way.

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by TheChas In reply to Migrating from Windows 95 ...

I heartily recommend that you up your minimum memory to 256MB. You will see a major performance improvement.

Double check your HP printer models for XP support at HPs web site.
Many HP printers have reduced features when used with XP.
Users have lost large paper sizes, and double-sided printing when they switched to XP.

Since some of your PCs have only 64MB of RAM, I also assume that they have older (slower) CPU's.
I do not install any Windows version on a system that is slower than double the stated minimum CPU speed and RAM.

Check all systems for free HDD space before upgrading.
XP needs several times the HDD space as W95.
If a user has a nearly full drive now, they will need a bigger drive for XP.

Chas

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by Benjamin In reply to Migrating from Windows 95 ...

Again good information but not quite what I was looking for.

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by mrjay67 In reply to Migrating from Windows 95 ...

MORE RAM

As others have mentioned you should use at least 256MB RAM. At 128 some options and/or svcs will not load or run. I would test 1 each of the systems and ghost/image the drive before you get started just in case. The HD footprint for XP generally is 1.5 gigs. With apps its going to be much bigger. I would have at least a 10 gig drive bare minimum(recomend at least 20gig for better breathing room). Go with what you can afford to though. Keep in mind the more cramped you make things the worse your headache and day will be.

You seem to be on a right track but just need to think about more RAM if possible.

Jason

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by Benjamin In reply to Migrating from Windows 95 ...

Good Response. Not a lot of examples but good none the less.

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