If I upgrade from Win 2K Pro to XP Pro, will all my installed apps,
printer driver etc etc be intact after the upgrade, or will there
typically be loads of "holes" everywhere, demanding a reinstallation
of key packages, e.g. Visual Basic, Word, Excel etc.
It's this reinstallation I'm desperate to avoid if at all possible.
When I went from Win 98 to Win 2K, doing a clean install, the
reinstallation of the apps took days, half of which was spent
collating all the installation disks.
By the way I will make a TrueImage backup image of the entire disk
before starting the upgrade process.
Thanks for any tips in this regard.
Windows 8 Pro, plus a free download of Classic Start Menu gives you an
up to date operating system that looks like whichever version of Windows
you choose. I got two copies of Win 8 when they were £25 a piece before
the end of January and both have been running very well - one on a
fairly modern PC and the other on a somewhat older one.
A case of the lunatics taking over the asylum. I upgraded my laptop to
have a Win8 machine for testing and could not quite believe how bad it is.
One example: rather than include Acrobat Viewer they have written their
own. OK but if there's way to print the PDF you're looking at (just the
sort of thing you might want to do if someone sends you a PDF email
attachment) I can't find it. For all the jokes in the past as to why you
press the Start button to stop your computer, at least there was a pretty
obvious way of doing so. Not in Win8
And, yes, I know there are various third party offerings to 'fix' Win8 but
a good few users of my software will use it as it comes so I have to feel
their pain :)
Tony Bryer, Greentram: 'Software to build on',
Melbourne, Australia www.greentram.com
On Friday, June 14, 2013 1:20:19 AM UTC+1, Tony Bryer wrote:
I'm a Mac user, but someone that works on PCs and has put W8 on a 5 year old
laptop and finding it runs better under W8 than W7 once you remove the tiles
features and get it back to more like clasic windows install this.
As a windows user aren't you expected to have and feel more panes ;-)
I rather suspect you mean Adobe Reader.
Which, even though the rights are owned by Adobe, is available to be
distributed by filling in a simple license agreement:
I only believe in upgrading when it's absolutely necessary, and now
even I have to admit that W2K is old old old. Not much of the latest
software runs on it, either at all or only flakily. But I use XP SP3
all the time for everyday use and it's absolutely fine.
Sure, an image can be a lifesaver, and the worst that can happen is
that I have to wipe the drive and start with a clean install of XP,
but as I said, reinstalling all the apps takes ruddy forever, as I did
it once already when "upgrading" from Win 98. Not only have I got over
a hundred ActiveX controls in WinNT\System2, a number of them have
been upgraded since first installation, so getting the drive back to
how it was but with XP, going down that route would be a friggin'
Anyway, as you say, I've got nothing to lose, and TrueImage is ruddy
brilliant. You can actually mount an image (even if spread across 11
TIB files as my backup is) and read or copy any individual file from
anywhere within the 70GB drive content.
You will be lucky if any of them work without a reinstall and you would
be much wiser to start with a clean slate anyway. The registry tends to
end up insanely cluttered on an old machine. Some drivers are bound not
to exist for old hardware on newer OSs HP are a nuisance for this.
Installing a newer OS over another as an "upgrade" tends to produce a
hopelessly unstable hybrid even when it is *supposed* to work.
Installing an already borderline geriatric OS is a bit crazy anyway.
Clean sweep and start afresh is always the best way to proceed when
changing OS. Or you could use a partition manager on a single disk.
Hard disks are cheap! Install another disk instead and then you have the
option of booting from either of them during the transition.
Food for thought...
I too would RATHER install clean from scratch, but I break out in a
cold sweat when I review my Programs folder and see what lies ahead to
Anyway, first things first, the backup, which is now progressing (11
DVDs, but also on a 1TB external USB hard drive for extra POM).
TBH, do you actually NEED half of it? There's a lot of stuff gets
installed because "it's always been there".
Oh, and www.ninite.com - dead easy automated installer for a lot of the
"generic stuff", without the toolbars/adware/bloatyjunk.
I'm also in the "scary amounts of cruft - fresh reinstall!" camp on this.
One OS upgrade is just about doable. Upgrading a machine that's already
been upgraded... <ewww!>
I'm just completing copying the TIB files onto DVDs (11 DVDs), so it
won't be today now. Tomorrow, we'll see. If it all goes pear-shaped
with the upgrade, I can just reinstate the Win2K image. (I have never
known TrueImage to fail in the five years I've had it.) Even if
everything "appears" okay, but after several days' use it certainly is
not, then again, I can just either reinstate the original image or
bite the proverbial bullet and install from scratch.
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