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win98 upgrade

By bob.schaefer ·
Win 98 Upgrade
Quick question re upgrading Win 95 to 98. What is the main difference between the 98 Upgrade CD vs the 98 OEM CD? I know you can work around the 'existing operating system' with witht he OEM CD by renaming the WIN.COM file, but when doing this, Win98 defaults to install in the dir C:\WINDOWS.000. This would tell me that although I am installing 98, it is not going to upgrade 95 or carry over the existing registry settings. If I install 98 in the existing C:\WINDOWS dir, I assume it will overwrite the existing regsitry. Any thoughts on this or explanation as to why one would use the OEM CD instead of the upgrade CD?

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to win98 upgrade

it's been too long to know for 100%, but I am pretty confidet that I have used the oem version to do upgrades, it works if you specify the windows folder.
Since I never use upgrade versions I am pretty sure of this statement.
just start win95 and put the cd in the cdrom


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by willcomp In reply to win98 upgrade

Well, if you can get Win98 OEM to upgrade Win95, you'll be one up on me. I tried every trick I knew when 98 first came out without success. Yes, it will install in a separate directory which results in a clean 98 install along with 95 install. If you specify windows directory, installation will halt telling you it can't upgrade an existing installation.

So use an upgrade CD run from Win95. Worked reliably and don't recall any driver issues.


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by DouglasB In reply to win98 upgrade

When you upgrade using the OEM CD, and rename win.old, you should have the option to name the directory in which to install 98. The default is windows.000. Just chose "another directory" and delete the .000 so it is Windows. This will safely upgrade your system.

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by figglywig In reply to win98 upgrade

I have a question to add to this original thread - if a computer has had this windows.000 directory for some time, and its owner has loaded programs and run like this for a while, can it be corrected? This user may not be able to find or get his original software cds for a clean reinstall. This dual windows and windows.000 directory setup he has makes his computer act strangely at times, and I would like to fix that for him when we upgrade his hard drive.

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