HOW TO INSTALL WINDOWS
Last updated: 10/10/00
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.
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
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
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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