Re: Upgrading Windows

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Subject: Re: Upgrading Windows
Name: ludicrous
Date: 12/11/2001 12:23:00 PM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: Re: Upgrading Windows posted by ToXiK

Programs have registry entries, often very crictical ones, and the only effective way to save them is to do an XP upgrade over the existing Win98 installation.

This is not preferable because it will make hay out of your registry and leave your hard drive in its current state of fragmentation. Any problems in the existing drive configuration will follow you to the new OS, generally making your machine less efficient and more crash-prone.

Or, in simpler terms...kiss the old stuff goodbye, take a deep breath, and prepare for a few hours' worth of fun. Format and install Windows from scratch, then install your programs one at a time (and run defrag after installing each new program).

You can do a "just-in-case" backup of Win98 via a program like Norton Ghost, or you can boot Windows with your other hard drive installed as a secondary, copy the entire C drive over to D, then (at a command prompt) type "Sys D:". Install D by itself, and it will now behave exactly like your current C. Pull it out, set it aside, and install XP from scratch on your current C.

Give yourself, however, at least three partitions on the new setup. Personally, I would (minimally) use a 2GB C for the Windows installation and programs, a 512MB D for a fixed-size swap file, and use the rest of the drive space for games, MP3s, digital camera pix, whatever

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