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    Win98SE upgrade to W2K

    I tried to install W2KSP1 Pro full version over the top of existing W98SE. The first time I tried was within Windows and setup told me it couldn't upgrade due to a language difference (?) and offered me the option of a fresh install.

    I cancelled this and booted from the CD. During setup, it offered me the option of a) converting the existing file system, [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] creating a new partition, or c) a dual-boot installation, which I went for.

    The installation went smoothly but of course, none of the existing software installed under W98 will work and some of the hardware requires 2K drivers.

    What's the best course of action for this?
    Should I format the drive and rebuild as W2K? I'd rather avoid this if possible as it's not my machine and the owner probably only has 90% of the installation disks for existing software.
    Is there a way of 're-registering' the existing software to work with W2K?

    Would an upgrade version have worked any better?
    Could I undo this W2K dual boot installation to take things back to how they were before attempting an upgrade version installation?

    Ultimately, W98 isn't needed any more.

    Thanks for reading.

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    Re: Win98SE upgrade to W2K

    Sorry no one responded yet, Fish.

    Windows 2000 is an NT system, which uses a different file structure than Windows 98.

    I personally would not have attempted what you've done, but what's done is done. If I were you, I'd probably wipe it and reinstall 2000.

    If they don't have the real software, I hate to say, it's technically not legal, and I wouldn't want to offer any assistance in that area and suggest that you do not either. Most free- or share-ware has probably had updates since they were last installed, so those should really be downloaded and installed fresh anyway.

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    Re: Win98SE upgrade to W2K

    Thanks for the reply.

    As it was, I wouldn't have attempted what I did, but I wasn't really given any other option. The owner was told that a new property management software package she'd bought would need W2K and she sought my services to install it. The plan was that owing to the urgency of the matter, I would install my personal licensed copy so the company rep could install the package, and in the mean time I would buy a copy or license to keep us on the right side of the law.

    As it turned out, W2K is only a recommend requirement and the package would run perfectly well on W98SE, so that's how it was left. I amended boot.ini to start W98 by default, putting a one second delay on the menu.

    Regarding your last paragraph, it's not that they don't legally own the missing disks, more that they cannot find them. The major stuff is there (O2K, W98, etc. etc.) but some of the hardware utils/driver disks are nowhere to be found. OK, they can be downloaded, but this would take an eternity on dial-up. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

    My question now is how can I uninstall W2K, or at least disable it so it can't be used? It was installed on the same partition as W98.

    Thanks for your attention. <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30>

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    Re: Win98SE upgrade to W2K

    Ouch. I'm not too much of a Windows guru. However, when you install, you're asked (I believe) if you want to back up the current configuration. If you did that, you may not have a problem at all.

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    Re: Win98SE upgrade to W2K

    As best I understand it, once you boot into W98, that OS runs without any problem. On that basis, you can, once you're in the 98 boot, do a number of things to disable Win2K. This can range from renaming the Winnt directory to deleting the Winnt directory altogether. Based on my experience, if, for whatever reason, the Win2K boot were chosen at start-up, the kernel etc would not load - aborting the boot sequence accordingly. You will realise that (unless you have changed the W98 defaults), with Win2K disabled, the Documents and Settings folders will also have become surplus baggage. HTH
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