Upgrading OS. What am I needing to do?

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December 15, 2009 at 12:24:55
Specs: Windows 2000 Professional, ???
I've had it. I'm going to be upgrading from Windows 2000 to hopefully Windows XP Professional.

The thing is, I'm still having an odd feeling because last time I upgraded my OS, I had to re-install EVERYTHING; drives included and that only ended in my aggravation.

My question is, what all do I need to do before I upgrade my OS? I've already took a print screen of my audio, network and video cards so I can install them, but is there anything else I need to do?

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December 15, 2009 at 12:27:35
Backup your data, make sure you have all the drivers, make sure you have good hardware...etc etc etc...

Google is your friend


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December 15, 2009 at 12:33:41
Do you have a WinXP pro upgrade CD? If not, what type of CD do you have?

What have you had with Win2000? WinXP pro is not much different than Win2000. Possibly a little easier to use is all.

Look at the link below.


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December 15, 2009 at 12:36:30

It's a regular Windows XP Professional CD. As per what comes with a new computer.

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December 15, 2009 at 12:40:12
Then you will need to re-install all your programs. I edited the response above. go to the link I provided for detailed help.

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December 15, 2009 at 12:43:44

I'm using a DELL-built computer, this link will still suffice, yes?

And I didn't know that there was no difference between XP and 2000. I'm mostly wanting to upgrade because YES, it is easier; including the problem that's going on in a previous thread of mine.

I know google is my friend, and I use it religiously. It's just in moments like these I need a bit of extra help, yeah? :/

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December 15, 2009 at 12:53:31
The link still explains how. You would need to perform a new installation.

If the Dell originally came with Win2000 then there may be a hidden partition on the hard drive which allows you to restore if necessary. If you remove that hidden partition you will not be able to restore back to Win2000 if you want to unless you also have a set of restore disks. One set of restore disks can be created using instructions that came with the computer.

Another thing you may not know is that the programs that came bundled with the computer originally can't be re-installed under WinXP. They are all limited license programs, just like the Win2000 is. That means they can only be used on the original computer.

So, if you want to install WinXP on the Dell you will no longer have access to any of the bundled programs.

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December 15, 2009 at 13:00:19
There wasn't any special programs that came with this computer, at least none that I could find. Just the traditional "Internet Explorer" is all that I remember seeing. Everything I have now, was manually added. I thank you for telling me this, nonetheless.

And I have no idea where to find that hidden partition, and I may not have to worry if I remove it by accident or not, given that the computer came with Windows 2000 installed and the orig OS as an extra boost (I don't buy new, so I'm not sure if this is a regular thing or not).

I appreciate your help, OtheHill; I'm gonna give this a try. Cross your fingers for me. :o

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December 15, 2009 at 13:12:27
If you don't card about a little wasted storage space on the hard drive then don't worry about the hidden partition.

If you don't care about keeping it (you have Win2000 disks) and it shows up you an delete it. You should format the visible partition. If the hidden one shows you probablyshould delete it otherwise it could give you problems.

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December 15, 2009 at 13:21:44
probfixer suggested that I have my drivers available. Those I have to google them, correct? It's this little tidbit that makes me ungodly nervous about upgrading to XP.

I've tried DRIVER MAX in the past, and had no problems until I tried to get all the drivers for my computer and used the program (on my old computer) and it not install/run correctly.

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December 15, 2009 at 13:25:54
Get most drivers from the motherboard manufacturer's site. Video drivers from the chip set manufacturer. In the case of Dell there may be drivers for WinXP available on their site. What is the exact modle of your computer?

The link explained all that too, did you read it?

Burn the drivers to disk or copy to flash drive. The most important ones are the chipset and network drivers.

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December 15, 2009 at 13:31:40
No sir, I'm afraid I just skimmed the information in the link you gave me and mailed it to myself so I could bring it up on another computer. I'll read it, now.

I do not know the model of my computer, usually there is a sticker, but what I *do* have is the paper that came with the computer.. A Receipt sort of.

Dell Optiplex GX260 - Pentium 4 2.0 GHz 512 MB RAM 80 GB HDD

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December 15, 2009 at 13:38:59
Go to the link below and download all the drivers for your system. if you can, burn them to CDR.


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December 21, 2009 at 12:22:05
Use the Service Tag to get drivers specific to your system.


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December 24, 2009 at 09:49:58
Leaving alone for the moment the DELL kludge...

I don't know what you hope to accomplish but XP is very much like 2000 but it's a resource hog.

Your only real upgrade is w2000 SP4, if you're not there yet.

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December 24, 2009 at 10:27:20
In addition to #14 you will lose all the software that may have been bundled with the Win2000 installation. Things like Works or Office for instance.

Run the Windows 7 compatibility check to see if your computer meets the requirements. If so, an upgrade should keep all or most of the original software. Burning software may not work anymore for instance.

Either way, you are going to have some issues.

What is making you so fed up with Win2000?

If anyone knows the above to not be true then please speak up.

If your only concern is the re-installation of software then there are ways around that after setting up your hard drive properly and slipstreaming SP4 & the rollup.

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