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    Upgrading from ME

    First some Background
    In response to trouble I am having with an old Quantex the service company (Phillips Magnavox) has decided to completely replace my system. This is NOT bad - BUT... ... ... It will come with Windows ME installed. I will want to immediately upgrade to 2000 Pro. I have heard that the upgrade CD contains the full install, it just looks for a few specific files from a previous edition to make sure it is an upgrade.
    Now - my question.
    I have also heard that it is much better to do a clean install of any program (i.e. to have an old version removed). Since ME is not as reliable (etc.) as I want, I would like to install 2000Pro with as little of ME on the system as possible so...
    Now...
    Does anyone know what specific files ME looks for so I can remove ME and (after copying the relevant files in DOS, btw) then put those files back in so I can do the "upgrade" to 2000 Pro?

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    Re: Upgrading from ME

    Another question -
    I just was reading an old Langa List on XP
    http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-10-29.htm#5
    where I learned that HP has a custom boot loader. <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15> (The new machine that Phillips Magnavox is sending me is an HP 900mhz). Might I be best served if the first thing I do, before installing anything else, is to reformat the C drive and then install Windows ME? Will that get rid of the custom boot loader? I guess an HP 900 with a 30 GIG hard drive is better than the Quantex 600 with a 20 GIG they are replacing, but I used to buy Quantex (before they went soooo sour) because there were no hassles with any proprietary stuff.

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    Re: Upgrading from ME

    I would 100% recommend a clean install.
    I upgraded a PC to Win2000 Pro and had a whole host of strange problems that were resolved by a format and clean install.
    Unfortunately, since I was using the full product to do the install I cannot say with certainity how it identifies that you are entitled to the upgrade.

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    Re: Upgrading from ME

    Hi
    Don't even consider keeping ME unless you have to. It's the worst OS of the lot. Upgrade to XP, and all that will happen is that it will ask for your ME CD for a second or two during the install process. Upgrade versions just want to make sure you really have had Windows previously installed. They can be put into a separate partiton from the original.
    'clean install' does not mean what you think it does. It means install into a different partition, even if your old OS is still there in another. You then get 'dual boot' with the option to choose your OS at launch time. otoh, you could then (or before you start) remove the old OS. The opposite, which you have been advised (rightly) not to adopt, is 'over the top'of an OS already present i.e. into the same folder. This is good for repairing installations, or quick 'what have I got to lose' situations, but that's about all.

    Rgds

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