Win 98SE to Win 2K

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Wogus

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I'm currently running a (don't laugh) Compaq Presario 7462, 500Mhz with Windows 98SE. Hardware-wise, It's running factory stock, except for some additional memory and an additional 20Gig.

I started to upgrade to Windows 2000, but I got a message during the install stating that many of the installed hardware components are not compatible with Win 2K. Almost all the major components made the list: video card, sound card, even my web cam! I aborted the install at this point.

This dialog box mentioned that my drivers were either not up to date or were not compatible with W2K. I'm a little stumped by this because I do my best to make sure my drivers and such are up to date - I use the CNET Catch-Up program and I visit the Micro$oft download center on a regular basis for just that reason.

I've also heard that "upgrading" W2K is not the best way to install... that doing a 'clean install' from the ground up is the way to go with W2k. Is this true? I've got my machine tweaked to the n'th degree... not to mention all the software. et al... You get the idea.

Okay... so my questions are these:

1. Is this upgrade even possible? As far as I can tell, my drivers are as up-to-date as they come.

2. Is this upgrade going to be worth the time and trouble? I mean, yeah, my 'puter is a little shaky on 98SE, but it's not THAT bad. I've heard great things about 2K being "rock solid" though and I'd like to have that.

3. Is a fresh install really the "only" way to go with 2K, versus upgrading from 98SE?

As always your advice and input are deeply appreciated. I will be burning the usual offerings at my TSG Shrine, daily, if required.
 
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happykl0wn

you shouldna aborted, it said some **** liek that to me also...i just kept goin, i just updated the drivers later....its cuz windows 2000 is from NT 98 is from 95...everything is all diff....but of corse i could be completely off subject on account i didn read ur whole post... =o
 
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happykl0wn

u need drivers for win2k...i found it annoyin cuz even tho is says a few things wont work, in the end a shitlaod of **** dont work, i jsut formatted and installed 2000 clean...
 
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1. Yes, but you need a few drivers and a SoftPak upgrade, here a link where to get them: http://web14.compaq.com/falco/sp_list.asp

2. It depends on the applications you run. Some older applications will not run under Windows 2000, XP may be a better choice.

3. Yes for Windows 2000, but with XP you could upgrade, which is the recommended method by Microsoft. Then you don't have to reinstall all your applications.
 
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