Solved transfer files from Win 98SE PC to Vista PC

September 16, 2014 at 18:33:18
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
I need to xfer family tree files from a Win98SE system to a Vista computer. I've searched for solution over 3 days & still not savvy about protocols, networks, adapters, etc. The 98's cdrom is not working & the floppy disc drive is not very cooperative. I've read of usb adapters & ethernet adapters to connect the computers. But there always seems to be some involved manipulation to get to work on both. Please, is there any simple way for a non-tech to do this xfer?

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#1
September 16, 2014 at 20:06:33
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Connect the computers to the same network with wired/wireless Ethernet?

On the win98:
First check if Sharing is enabled on the network adapter: (if not already set)

1. START > SETTINGS > CONTROL PANEL > Network.
A new window pops up

2. Click on the "File and Print Sharing.." button.
A new window pops up

3. Check "I want to be able to give others access to my files"
Click OK > window closes.

4. Click OK on the "Network" window > if the service was already activated nothing may happen. If the service was not yet activated/installed, system may ask for win98 CD to install the needed files. Do accordingly.

Still on Win98:
Share the desired folder/directory or complete drive:

1. Open Windows Explorer and select the folder/directory with the files to transfer.

2. Click with RIGHT mouse button on the folder and select SHARING.
A new window pops up.

3. Click on "Share As" and select "Access Type" Read-only or Full (Read & Write)
No need to enter a password. Click APPLY when done.
The folder is now shared over the network

We need to know the IP address of the WIN98 machine:

1. START > Run > enter "command" (without the quotes)

2. At the prompt in the MS-Dos window enter "ipconfig" (without the quotes)
write down the IP address. You need on the Win Vista machine


On the Vista computer:

1. Open Windows Explorer

2. In the address bar (top entry showing folder being display) enter IP address of win98 machine proceeded with 2 "\" ex. "\\192.168.1.55" (without quotes) and press <enter>

3. The folder shared on win98 should now be accessible in Vista

I haven't tried this procedure on Vista but it works on Win7 with a VM-Win98
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#2
September 16, 2014 at 21:24:21
Depending on the amount of files you have to transfer, the simples method for you may very well be just to use a USB memory stick.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#3
September 16, 2014 at 22:56:53
Thanks, sluc, a lot for the step-by-step. I actually saw things work as you described. But I don't have the ethernet connections yet. I'll let you know how it works. Thanks again for the tips, & I appreciate education in things I've never looked into before (& without "attitude").

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#4
September 16, 2014 at 23:20:15
Curt R, I was hoping to use a flash drive, but Win98 says I need to install a driver. Thx anyway.

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#5
September 17, 2014 at 07:50:39
Alternatively, you could purchase a hard drive to USB adapter and remove the hard drive from your 98SE PC. Then hook it up to a computer with working USB ports and get all of your files off that way.

~winipcfg

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#6
September 17, 2014 at 08:04:20
winipcfg has another good alternative.

You could also pull the 98 drive and just slave it in the Vista box and not bother with adapters at all. All you'd have to do is set the 98 drives jumpers to "slave" and connect it to the IDE ribbon cable.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#7
September 17, 2014 at 08:32:05
When a new flash drive didn't work on my W98, with the drive inserted I went to Device Manager and let it search the net for a driver. Surprisingly after all these years it found one and worked. Obviously this depends on whether your W98 can go online.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#8
September 17, 2014 at 12:13:45
Thx, winipcfg. ASCII question, get a lotta ANSI. (I like that) I've considered the hard drive as slave fix, but I'm kinda all thumbs with things like that & I sure don't want to foul up the old drive some way & lose my genealogy files. Still might be the way I'll go. I haven't opened the Vista yet. I guess the IDE ribbon is branched as in the old one? Anyway, thx for the suggestions. I'll post if I ever get this solved.

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#9
September 17, 2014 at 12:22:45
Thx for the response, Derek. The old Win98 has a lot of problems, cdrom is dead & floppy won't copy completely, besides not having internet connection. I've tried a few update & so on transfers from the floppy, but the old system says they're either invalid for Win32 or ID's them as "pirated" software. All the plug& play talk applies only if it's Microsoft approved I guess. Poor insecure giant corporation.

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#10
September 17, 2014 at 14:36:19
I doubt your W98 would take a flash drive without a driver but it would be worth trying. If you were lucky then you could use that to transfer your stuff.

If that doesn't work then #5 or #6 are the best way forward.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#11
September 17, 2014 at 16:34:33
I've tried a Kingston 8gb & there was no response. I'm looking into usb 1.0 that might be acceptable to the picky old 98. This is all pretty new to me. I've downloaded & snipped so many possible fixes that I've nearly filled my desktop. I'm gonna have to step away from it a while & come back with refreshed eyes & hopefully digest all the info to see a clear path to solution. Thx again for your help.

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#12
September 17, 2014 at 16:40:48
Win98 "Generic USB drivers" (works for almost all flash drives):

http://www.technical-assistance.co....

If Win98SE is your OS, make sure you download the driver specifically for SE.

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