Upgrading Windows 98 With the
Full Version of Windows 2000
Last updated: 12/5/02
Q. Can I upgrade my win98 machine to win2000 without
reformatting (so, I don't have to re-install everything) if I use the full
version CD instead of the upgrade CD of win2000?
This question and answer came directly from our Forums. My
thanks to DJ Net2Infinity for writing-up the answer. Larry
A. Installation Procedure
It is very important that the update procedure be run from inside Windows 98.
If you boot the computer with the CD, the installation will not work properly.
Login to Windows 98 and place the W2K upgrade CD into the CD-ROM drive.
Windows will recognize the CD and asks if you would like to upgrade to W2K.
The installation procedure brings up the "Windows 2000 Setup" window.
Choose Upgrade and select Next
A license agreement appears; read each and every word very carefully, consult
a practicing attorney, and then accept the agreement by selecting the Accept
radial and then the Next box.
The installation procedure now asks if you want to visit Microsoft's website
to check your BIOS and install upgrade packs. Click on the link to go to the
Once at the site, Click the blue link in the middle of the page to check your
BIOS. Enter the manufacturer and model of your computer to see if it is compatible.
Most computers will be compatible. If your make and model is on the list it
is compatible. Use the browser's Back function to return to the first page
of the Compatibility website.
Select the Next button at the bottom of the web page to proceed. Select the
blue link in the middle of the page. It should be titled "Download the
Latest Upgrade Pack for Setup and Compatability" This brings up the download
window. Choose "Run from current location" and the downloaded file
does all the work.
Select the Next button at the bottom of the web page and this returns you to
the installation program. Select Next at the bottom of this screen to move
The install program might ask you now if you have upgrade packs to provide.
You probably won't so select Next to move on.
The next question asked is whether or not you would like to upgrade to NTFS
or not. NTFS is short for Windows NT File System. Choose yes, unless for some
reason you are going to be running 98 or 95 on the same machine. Windows 98
and 95 can't read drives formatted with NTFS. W2K works best with NTFS. Select
The install program might ask you to provide Updated Plug n Play files for
some devices that it lists. Most likely you will not have any to provide. This
is ok for the time being. Go on to the Next window.
This step is quite important. Setup now provides you with an "Update Report." You
will want to print this out and/or save it, and then review it before continuing.
After reviewing the file, you will most likely want to make some adjustments
to your system before going ahead with the upgrade. If this is so, Press Cancel
to quit the setup process and return to Windows 98 and make changes.
Click here to look at a sample upgrade report. If you cancel the installation
process (and you probably will) to make changes to your system and prepare
it for the upgrade, it will start over at step one.
When you are done looking at the upgrade report and have decided that your
system is as ready as it will ever be, choose Next.
This takes you to the "Ready to Install Windows 2000" window. This
marks the end of the first stage of installation. It is your last chance to
cancel out of the process. Choosing Next will start the upgrade.
After about 30 minutes to possibly more than an hour, the upgrade is mostly
Windows 2000 shows you a "Password Creation" window. Choose a password
that you will remember. You can always change it later.
If a Netware Client was installed on the Windows 98 system, this upgrades to
version 4.51 for NT. Login using your Novell username and password as you normally
would. This version of the Netware client is old and will need to be upgraded
as well. A new one can be obtained here.
Check that the CD-ROM drive letter is "R:" by double-clicking the
My Computer icon. If it isn't, it will need to be changed. Directions for that
Now would also be a good time to change your passwords and look at the accounts
for the machine. This can be done by going into the Control Panel and double-clicking
on Users and Passwords. Also, it would be a good idea to click on the advanced
tab and place a check next to "Require users press Ctrl-Alt-Del before
Run the Windows Update from the Start menu.
Go back to the upgrade report and install the W2K versions of the software
and drivers that you need.
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