Windows 98 to Windows 2000 Upgrade - Failed!

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Karenhaw

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Hello,

I tried to upgrade my computer from Windows 98 to Windows 2000, but I screwed it up somehow.

Now when the computer boots it shows Windows 98 and Windows 2000, and I have to choose which one I want to start. If I start Windows 2000, none of my programs are there. If I start Windows 98, the computer runs just like it always did.

What do I need to do to get Windows 2000 running my computer and get rid of the Windows 98?

Thanks!
 

eddie5659

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Hiya

Did you get the upgrade CD for Windows2000 or the full version? Anyway, what happens if you put the Win2000 cd in, shut down the pc, and restart it? It should offer you the option of upgrade form Win98.

Does this shed any light to what may have happened:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=242438

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eddie
 

Karenhaw

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Thanks for the response Eddie!

I have the full version Windows 2000 (not the upgrade version).

I will try putting the CD in as you suggest.

I think what happened is that I installed Windows 2000, but didn't do it like I should have so that it upgraded my Windows 98.

So my computer has 2 operating systems on it now - Windows 98 and Windows 2000. It asks me which version I want to start when the computer boots up. I have been choosing Windows 98, since that is where all my programs are. If I choose Windows 2000, then that version does come up, but there are not programs and none of my info is there.

I was wondering how I can get my programs under the 2000 version, and get rid of the 98 version.

Thanks!

Karen
 

eddie5659

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First off, lets take a look at your boot.ini

In Windows 2000, go to Start | Find Files, and click on Tools | Options. View tab.

Tick Show Hidden Files and Folders.
Untick Hide protected operating system files, yes.

Then, in the entire harddrive, search for

boot.ini

Doubleclick it so it open with Notepad, and copy/paste the contents here.



As for your programs/info, if its the full version, and not the upgrade, then all you'll have is the basic setup of Win2000. If you had the upgrade, you would have had all the files from your original OS, ie Windows 98.

When you insert the cd, when the Welcome Wizard appears, select Install a New Copy of Windows 2000. Mind you, if you have any files on your Windows 98 that you want, or program saved files, you may want to back them up, as once Win2000 is fully installed, Win98 will no longer be there.

You may be able to choose the upgrade option if you wish, but if you do, you may want to leave it to run its course:

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...0/server/reskit/en-us/prork/prbb_iwp_ihur.asp

If however, you want to leave it as it is, can you access the Win2000 drive when you're in Windows Explorer of Win98?

This is about the full install:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;304868&sd=tech


eddie
 
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Actually clean installs, especially when going from basically a DOS based operating system to a NT based one, are far more stable.

So in this case, if everything is working, I would install your apps under Windows2000 and make whatever other configuration changes you need.

Once it is all working, you can make W2K the default OS (if it isn't already) and edit the c:\boot.ini file to remove the option for Win98.
 
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