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    W98 --> W2K Clean Install

    It's been a long time since I fooled around with W98 and I'll be helping my son perform a clean install of W2K this weekend. Sorry for another "W2K install" topic but I searched through the Windows 2000 Forum and cannot seem to find what I'm looking for -- where are all the settings stored.

    The current W98 system is running O2000 (sans Access) so I'd like to make sure that I capture as much of the settings/customizations as possible. Aside from all the normal precautions, e.g., making sure that we have sources for all the important apps, in which directories, err, folders, should I look to capture files and settings? For example, but not only, where are the following saved: custom dictionaries, toolbar settings, Excel & PPT startup files, ...?

    Are there any settings/files particular to W98 I should save?

    On the W2K side, I know we'll need to install SP2. Should I just install the Windows update notifier (I forget its name) and let it tell us all the patches we'll need to install?

    Also, does anyone know where I can find the "W2K Readiness Analyzer" since MSFT removed it from their support Web site?

    Many thanks,
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    Re: W98 --> W2K Clean Install

    Try Is-It-True for the analyzer - you may need to scroll to "R"

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    Re: W98 --> W2K Clean Install

    ... and more here from PC911...

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    Re: W98 --> W2K Clean Install

    Lief,

    Thanks for the pointers. Some good info on installing. Actually, neither of the sites actually had the Readiness Analyzer, so I did what I should have done first - I searched the Web. For the record, here's one Web site that has the tool for downloading:

    Windows 2000 Readiness Analyzer
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    Re: W98 --> W2K Clean Install

    Al, if you have a fast connection available to you somewhere, download Service Pack 3 and just install that. You could slipstream the service pack into the Windows installation and create an install CD that has the service pack integrated if you have the means and the time (A CD burner and that fast connection again). Installing SP3 will prevent you from having to download fifteen million updates. Instead you'll only need about three million. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: W98 --> W2K Clean Install

    RE: SP3 install - I'll certainly do that since I have a DSL line.

    Mark, is slipstreaming difficult? I've seen it mentioned a number of times in various posts. I pulled up Paul Thurrott 's "Slipstreaming Service Pack 1..." but it's more directed at creating a slipstream setup for network servers.

    How about the O2000 settings?
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    Re: W98 --> W2K Clean Install

    To save Office 2000 settings, there are (1) the online Save Your Settings wizard, (2) the Profile Wizard from the Office Resource Kit, and (3) third party software options.

    I have never used (1). I don't want my settings saved on Microsoft's web site.

    You can download (2) from the ORK Toolbox Core Tools.

    For (3), you might want to check out Personality Tranxport Pro from Tranxition. (According to <!post=this post from company rep Kelly Reilly,127998>this post from company rep Kelly Reilly<!/post>, they "let end users download the product and use it on their personal machines.") I keep meaning to try it, but haven't yet. Competitor Desktop DNA Professional from Miramar also offers a downloadable evaluation copy, but it doesn't move Office settings.

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    Re: W98 --> W2K Clean Install

    Jeff, I'll try Personality Tranxport Pro and post my experiences. Tranxiiton allows an evaluation download that is good for 30 days or 5 migrations.

    Many thanks,
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    Re: W98 --> W2K Clean Install

    Can I create an integrated W2000 installation CD (W2000 + SP3) using a machine that is running XP?
    Ref. Installing Windows 2000 integrated with the service pack
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    Re: W98 --> W2K Clean Install

    Idid....at least with SP1 and SP2, so I don't think you're going to have any problems. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: W98 --> W2K Clean Install

    Probably first use botches but I'm receiving the error shown in the attachment. Here's the way the folders are setup:

    W2K original I386 directory = E:W2K setupI386
    SP3 expanded directory = E:W2K SP3i386

    So, by my read of the MSFT directions, the command line should be

    "E:W2K SP3i386updateUpdate.exe" -s:"E:W2K setupI386"

    What am I doing incorrectly?
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    Re: W98 --> W2K Clean Install

    I think you've run into a common "gotcha" if I've read this correctly. The W2K SETUP folder contains a subfolder named i386 with the source files, correct? If that's the case, your syntax should be:

    <pre>E:W2K SP3i386updateUpdate.exe -s:E:W2K setup</pre>

    Note the missing i386 at the end of the second parameter - the service pack installation appends i386 when it runs. If you specify it as you did in your example, the service pack setup is actually looking for E:W2K setupi386i386. Clear as mud eh? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: W98 --> W2K Clean Install

    Thanks. I'll try that. That certainly was clearly articulated in the "instructions" <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>
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    Re: W98 --> W2K Clean Install

    I built the "W2K w/ SP3' integrated directory - burned it to a CDROM with the following root-level contents:

    BOOTDISK.dir
    DISCOVER.dir
    I386.dir
    SETUPTXT.dir
    SUPPORT.dir
    VALUEADD.dir
    AUTORUN.INF
    CDROM_IP.5
    CDROM_NT.5
    CDROMSP2.TST
    READ1ST.TXT
    README.DOC
    SETUP.EXE
    SPNOTES.HTM

    When I boot from a W98-generated boot disk and attempt to access the CDROM driv - E: - I receive the following error message:

    "cdr101: not ready reading drive e"

    So, I cannot even invoke the winnt.exe installation file since it's on the inaccessible E: drive.

    Here are the contents of the Boot "Floppy":

    ASPI2DOS.SYS
    ASPI4DOS.SYS
    ASPI8DOS.SYS
    ASPI8U2.SYS
    ASPICD.SYS
    AUTOEXEC.BAT
    BTCDROM.SYS
    BTDOSM.SYS
    COMMAND.COM
    CONFIG.SYS
    DOSKEY.COM
    DRVSPACE.BIN
    EBD.CAB
    EXTRACT.EXE
    FDISK.EXE
    FINDRAMD.EXE
    FLASHPT.SYS
    HIMEM.SYS
    OAKCDROM.SYS
    RAMDRIVE.SYS
    README.TXT
    SETRAMD.BAT
    SMARTDRV.EXE



    Here's the contents of the AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files:

    ================AUTOEXEC.BAT =================================
    @ECHO OFF
    set EXPAND=YES
    SET DIRCMD=/O:N
    set LglDrv=27 * 26 Z 25 Y 24 X 23 W 22 V 21 U 20 T 19 S 18 R 17 Q 16 P 15
    set LglDrv=%LglDrv% O 14 N 13 M 12 L 11 K 10 J 9 I 8 H 7 G 6 F 5 E 4 D 3 C
    cls
    call setramd.bat %LglDrv%
    set temp=c:
    set tmp=c:
    path=%RAMD%:;a:;
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    Re: W98 --> W2K Clean Install

    Is the Windows 2000 CD readable in another drive?
    Does another CD work in the E: drive of the target computer?
    -Mark

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