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Last updated: 10/10/00

Before Installing as an Upgrade...

  • Run a virus scan.

  • Uninstall the anti-virus program.

  • Remove any programs which prevent access to the boot track on the hard disk, such as Norton Bootlock.

  • Go into the computer's CMOS setup and disable any setting which warn if the boot track is about to be changed.

  • Be sure you have your Internet info (account, password, DNS settings, etc.)

  • Run (Start, Run) msconfig and turn-off any unnecessary start-up programs, etc. (turn them back on after the upgrade, if you desire).

  • Double-check your drive for any important data which you may have overlooked when you did the backups.

Install as an Upgrade.  Installing the Windows Me upgrade on top of an existing Windows 9x installation is almost identical to installing the Windows 98/98 SE upgrade:

  • Boot to your existing version of Windows.

  • Insert the Win Me Upgrade or into the CD-ROM drive.

  • Wait for the CD-ROM drive to come-up to speed and autostart.

  • If you are prompted with a message asking if you want to upgrade, simply click Yes.  (There is no Install option on the Start-up Window if it appears).

  • If not, Click Start, Run, and enter setup.

  • Follow the Setup instructions and choose Save the system files and make the Startup floppy when prompted.  This version of Windows does not force you to make the Startup floppy as Win 98 and 98 SE did.  So, if you have a shop and plenty of Startup floppies you do not have run Setup from the DOS prompt with the /ie flag to avoid having to dig out a blank floppy and waiting for Setup to make the Startup floppy (that was most annoying).

You can also run setup from the DOS prompt with a Startup disk if you can't get your existing  Windows to boot-up after an aborted install, etc...

D:\win9x\>setup.exe (where D: is your CD-ROM letter). 

Clean Install.  I experimented with a couple of other hard disk drives and found that installing the Full Retail Version of ME on a bare hard disk drive was altogether a different matter than the using it as an upgrade, and quite crude for a retail package.  Instructions for doing it are on the ME CD ROM at D:\win9x\cleanhd.txt, where D: is your CD-ROM drive.  They start-out with the following:

"IMPORTANT: All the steps you need for preparing a hard disk and installing Windows Me are included here. However, if you are an inexperienced user, it is not recommended that you install the hard disk and prepare it for use yourself. If you are not familiar with the related technical issues, it is recommended that you contact a computer hardware service organization to do this."

The instructions are lengthy.  Basically, they say you have to partition and format the drive before running setup.  If you read all of the cleanhd.txt and follow it carefully, you should succeed in accomplishing the install.  If, however, you skip over them, rely on past Windows experience, and read the label on the floppy that comes with ME you may have problems as I did.  The label says...

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