Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works
Photo

Upgrading System


  • Please log in to reply

#1
jags022

jags022

    New Member

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 8 posts
I would like to upgrade my operating system from Win 98 to XP. I understand that a clean install is the best way? What steps do I need to take in order to accomplish this without losing all my other programs, etc. from my computer? What is the best way to save everything? Also, Is it better to purchase a Win XP CD or download it online?
Thanks for the help
  • 0

Advertisements


#2
Retired Tech

Retired Tech

    Retired Staff

  • Retired Staff
  • 20,563 posts
You will not be able to download a legitimate version of Windows XP

Check your PC is capable of running XP

Make a list of the programmes on your PC, check you have the installation CD's for them, or that the software is available to download, check they will run with XP

If you have a CDRW Drive you can save your files and any programmes for which you do not have the software, to disc

Try to get an XP CD rather than an upgrade version, once you have saved your files and programmes, you can format the drive and clean install XP
  • 0

#3
jags022

jags022

    New Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • Pip
  • 8 posts
Thanks for the info, Keith :)
The problem is that I don't have a CDRW Drive, only the CDR/DVD drive no writing capabilities. What is the next best option for saving my stuff? Should I install a CDRW drive, get a Zip drive; what does everyone recommend?
Thanks Again :tazz:
  • 0

#4
Retired Tech

Retired Tech

    Retired Staff

  • Retired Staff
  • 20,563 posts
Try to get a DVDRW Drive which will also write to CDR/RW discs

Download Everest Home here

http://www.lavalys.hu/index.php

Run it then click + next to computer then summary, make a test report, remove your personal details and post in everything else so someone can advise what is best
  • 0

#5
wannabe1

wannabe1

    Tech Staff

  • Technician
  • 16,645 posts
Hi Guys....

Not to be a buttinski, but if you want to save all your programs and data files the best way to go is an XP upgrade. I realize that a clean install is always best and is what I usually recommend, but sometimes circumstances lead one in another direction.

Keith's advice on checking your system specs to see if they meet the XP requirements is a necesary step and some of your programs and hardware will undoubtedly need some upgrading, but the switch to XP is worth the hassle.

Just a thought :tazz:

wannabe1
  • 0

#6
jags022

jags022

    New Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • Pip
  • 8 posts
I have attached the system summary report from Everest. I think that my system is capable of running XP ? What hardware or other upgrades do you all recommend?

EVEREST Home Edition © 2003-2005 Lavalys, Inc.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Version EVEREST v2.20.405
Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/
Report Type Report Wizard
Computer OEMCOMPUTER (Unknown User)
Generator user
Operating System Microsoft Windows 98 4.10.1998 (Win98 Retail)
Date 2005-09-07
Time 21:14


Summary

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Computer:
Operating System Microsoft Windows 98
OS Service Pack -
DirectX 4.08.00.0400 (DirectX 8.0)
Computer Name OEMCOMPUTER (Unknown User)
User Name user

Motherboard:
CPU Type Intel Pentium III, 450 MHz (4.5 x 100)
Motherboard Name Biostar M6TBA (3 ISA, 4 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DIMM)
Motherboard Chipset Intel 82440BX
System Memory 192 MB (SDRAM)
BIOS Type Award Modular (02/23/99)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port Printer Port (LPT1)

Display:
Video Adapter Intel740 Win9x PC3.0W 3.1.2029-980829
3D Accelerator Intel i740
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (FEVL41250843U)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter Creative SB PCI128 (Ensoniq ES1371) Sound Card

Storage:
IDE Controller Intel 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller
IDE Controller Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
IDE Controller Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)
SCSI/RAID Controller Microtek Parallel Port Host Adapter
Floppy Drive GENERIC NEC FLOPPY DISK
Disk Drive GENERIC IDE DISK TYPE47
Optical Drive TOSHIBA DVD-ROM SD-M1212 (6x/32x DVD-ROM)
SMART Hard Disks Status Unknown

Partitions:
C: (FAT32) 8224 MB (1212 MB free)
D: (FAT32) 3984 MB (1092 MB free)
Total Size 12208 MB (2304 MB free)

Input:
Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
Mouse PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port
Game Controller Microsoft PC-joystick driver

Network:
Network Adapter PPP Adapter. (64.91.144.179)
Modem Lucent Win Modem

Peripherals:
Printer EPSON Stylus COLOR 440
Printer RingCentral Fax
USB1 Controller Intel 82371AB/EB PIIX4 - USB Host Controller
USB Device Intel USB Video Camera III
  • 0

#7
Retired Tech

Retired Tech

    Retired Staff

  • Retired Staff
  • 20,563 posts
Initial comment is the hard drive

XP with system restore would take care of most of this

Run the upgrade advisor

http://www.microsoft...ng/advisor.mspx
  • 0

#8
jags022

jags022

    New Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • Pip
  • 8 posts
Listed below is my system configuration. What would you all recommend for a system upgrade/addition? I would like to atleast get more memory. What is the best way to do this?

EVEREST Home Edition © 2003-2005 Lavalys, Inc.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Version EVEREST v2.20.405
Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/
Report Type Report Wizard
Computer OEMCOMPUTER (Unknown User)
Generator user
Operating System Microsoft Windows 98 4.10.1998 (Win98 Retail)
Date 2005-09-07
Time 21:14


Summary

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Computer:
Operating System Microsoft Windows 98
OS Service Pack -
DirectX 4.08.00.0400 (DirectX 8.0)
Computer Name OEMCOMPUTER (Unknown User)
User Name user

Motherboard:
CPU Type Intel Pentium III, 450 MHz (4.5 x 100)
Motherboard Name Biostar M6TBA (3 ISA, 4 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DIMM)
Motherboard Chipset Intel 82440BX
System Memory 192 MB (SDRAM)
BIOS Type Award Modular (02/23/99)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port Printer Port (LPT1)

Display:
Video Adapter Intel740 Win9x PC3.0W 3.1.2029-980829
3D Accelerator Intel i740
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (FEVL41250843U)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter Creative SB PCI128 (Ensoniq ES1371) Sound Card

Storage:
IDE Controller Intel 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller
IDE Controller Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
IDE Controller Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)
SCSI/RAID Controller Microtek Parallel Port Host Adapter
Floppy Drive GENERIC NEC FLOPPY DISK
Disk Drive GENERIC IDE DISK TYPE47
Optical Drive TOSHIBA DVD-ROM SD-M1212 (6x/32x DVD-ROM)
SMART Hard Disks Status Unknown

Partitions:
C: (FAT32) 8224 MB (1212 MB free)
D: (FAT32) 3984 MB (1092 MB free)
Total Size 12208 MB (2304 MB free)

Input:
Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
Mouse PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port
Game Controller Microsoft PC-joystick driver

Network:
Network Adapter PPP Adapter. (64.91.144.179)
Modem Lucent Win Modem

Peripherals:
Printer EPSON Stylus COLOR 440
Printer RingCentral Fax
USB1 Controller Intel 82371AB/EB PIIX4 - USB Host Controller
USB Device Intel USB Video Camera III
  • 0

#9
fleamailman

fleamailman

    Member 2k

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,383 posts
I only upgrade when I know that there is something I cannot do otherwise in a short time after one has upgraded someone gives you a new machine or you feel that it is something else that should have been upgraded, so with your machine the only thing that I would add is a USB2 card because it is so much faster and because you can always add that to your next computer, - also if you end up with a new computer don't forget that you can always add a TV card with a remote(cheap as chips these days) to turn your old computer into a television/dvd player with the option to recording hours of programs on it.

In fact, now I have no television because I find the above to be so easy.
  • 0

#10
Murray S.

Murray S.

    Trusted Tech

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,513 posts
  • MVP
jags022:

I merged your two posts as they are exactly the same thing !!

P;ease do NOT double post in multiple forums !!

Thank you,
Murray
  • 0






Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP