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    upgrading WINDOWS

    Hey everyone

    I currently have WINDOWS ME operating on my PC and I wanted to upgrade it to a different operating system.

    My questions are:
    1. What operating system is recommended?
    2. Can I update it on my own or does it get complicated for someone with no prior experience?
    3. Will I loose info i currently have on the computer (I know I need to make back up discs anyway).

    Thank you for your help
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    1. XP Pro or Home. I use XPpro so I can use IIS and some of the admin features that are not on XP Home.

    2. It is very simple to upgrade to XP you should not have any problems. If you do just make a post in this forum.

    3. I am not 100% percent on this, I reformatted my drive when I installed it, but I know someone here can answer this.

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    1. What operating system is recommended?
    Without knowing what you want out of an upgrade any recommendations would be stabs in the dark or personal opinions at best.

    2. Can I update it on my own or does it get complicated for someone with no prior experience?
    This is dependant on the OS you "upgrade" to as well as on your own abilities. There are many people who've used computers for years who couldn't and shouldn't tackle such a project while some relative newies could do something like this without fear. In any case it would be a good idea to have some backup assistance available should you decide to try it yourself.

    3. Will I loose info i currently have on the computer (I know I need to make back up discs anyway).
    Always assume everything could be lost and always create backups of everything that's critical. Then you can be pleasantly surprised if everything isn't wiped out.

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    You should get Windows XP Home or Professional. Depends on what you need to do. But with either one basically all you have to do is stick the CD in your computer and auto play should run and you can click 'Upgrade' and thats it. Well, there are more steps but the Windows XP setup gives you lots of help. However you should backup just in case something goes wrong.

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    3. Will I loose info i currently have on the computer (I know I need to make back up discs anyway).
    In my opinion you should ALWAYS format your hard drive when installing a new OS to prevent problems. So yeah, you will lose EVERYTHING on your hard drive if you do that. So back up any programs, installers, and important information (like receipts, cd keys, etc.) before you do it.

    But you will like the speed of a newly formatted hard drive!
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    Here it goes

    1. What operating system is recommended?
    Linux - SuSe Professional
    2. Can I update it on my own or does it get complicated for someone with no prior experience?
    Of course you can and its relatively straight fwd via the web, hey if you get good you can even write your own stuff!
    3. Will I loose info i currently have on the computer (I know I need to make back up discs anyway).
    Back everything up, format the HDD and start from scratch. Accessing windows files can be done using linux but some additional software is needed.

    If you don't like the sound of the above then go for Windows XP Pro and see answers to 2 and 3 above
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    Not to berate MS, but if you're upgrading a wnidows machine, I'd go with Window 2000 Pro (if you can find it). To me XP just slows down your computer too much. I installed XP, didn't like it an went back to 2000.

    Overall, I would recommend the following OSs (that I've dealt with) in the following order:

    Linux Red Hat 7.2
    Linux Mandrake 8.2
    OS X - you need a mac for this one
    Windows 2000
    Windows XP Pro
    Windows 98
    Windows 95
    DOS

    Standard precautions about losing data apply to all installs. If you worried about Linux, they've developed some pretty good GUI installations for the above mentioned.

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    I actually detest Windows 95-Me, and I am not alto fond of XP, and I prefer Windows 2000, because it is the only OS that I have, and I have gone through every single one, including XP Home and Pro, that hasn't crashed ever and I have never had any problems with it.

    I can't comment on Linux, or MacOS, because I haven't had the courage to switch to Linux, nor any software that is supported by either Linux or MacOS.


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    And by the way, anyone no matter how much a newbie they are, can install Windows themselves.


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    the other day i tried upgrading to windows 2k, but my BIOS couldnt take it...

    therefore... i am forced to conclude that windows 98 is elite. it may well not be, but its the best thing ive come across that works on my PC

    i have two hard drives so when i change OS (or try to) i always save all my stuff on my other drive, format c:, and install the system, and all my stuff is where i left it - untouched... and if i can install an operating system... anyone can.
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    I agree with you redhead, that is the best way to install a new OS, but I find it strange that your bios couldn't handle Win2K.


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    Hi all
    I think the best thing to do in this. Is find out what kind of OS best suits your needs
    If its a normal home user that runs small apps and ms office then win98 is perfect for that

    If its a normal size network with large apps
    then I would go for win 2000 or xp

    If you want max sercurity and speed then linux is the answer
    With installing it just make sure you understand partitioning and formating or you will be in trouble

    I also suggest getting the names of the drivers for your hardware as that is a big problem if you os do's no recanise the hardware
    Hope this helps
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    I upgraded my WinME with WinXP. I did not reformat my HD because I got lots of important files in my HD. Though it is recommended to format your HD first before installing a new OS.

    There are lot of new and cool features of WinXP! One and most popular among them is the Remote Desktop Connection.

    If you upgrade your OS into Windows 2000 or Windows XP, you may have hardware driver problems.

    For example:
    My scanner's software and driver was outdated. It only support upto WinME. It took me 3-4 months before I found an updated driver for my scanner. But still I cant use it because of the software is still outdated. I tried the compatibility mode feature of WinXP but still it wont work. So I made some changes in my Registry and fortunately it works! This is the only problem that I came across with WinXP.

    Well, if you decided to go for WinXP and encountered hardware and other problems, just post them here or mail me... pharmacy@etoast.com
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    Originally posted by pharma
    I upgraded my WinME with WinXP. I did not reformat my HD because I got lots of important files in my HD. Though it is recommended to format your HD first before installing a new OS.

    There are lot of new and cool features of WinXP! One and most popular among them is the Remote Desktop Connection.

    If you upgrade your OS into Windows 2000 or Windows XP, you may have hardware driver problems.

    For example:
    My scanner's software and driver was outdated. It only support upto WinME. It took me 3-4 months before I found an updated driver for my scanner. But still I cant use it because of the software is still outdated. I tried the compatibility mode feature of WinXP but still it wont work. So I made some changes in my Registry and fortunately it works! This is the only problem that I came across with WinXP.

    Well, if you decided to go for WinXP and encountered hardware and other problems, just post them here or mail me... pharmacy@etoast.com
    thats because you upgraded instead of running a full install -_-;; and windows xp has support for tons and tons of hardware..out of all the printers / scanners / firewire&usb periferals i've tried using, I havent once had to download drivers..

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    ALWAYS REFORMAT, it saves alot of trouble and random instablity in the long term. I had random rebooting after upgrading ME to XP.
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