HOW TO INSTALL WINDOWS
Last updated: 10/10/00
System Requirements - suggestions in parenthesis.
150 Mhz Pentium or equivalent (300 Mhz
32 MBytes of memory (64 MBytes, 128 Mbytes
is even better)
Free Disk Space (now is the time to buy
that 7,200 RPM drive)
Compact install 200 MBytes
Typical 350 MBytes
Full 400 MBytes
If saving system files from prior
version of Windows, to allow for uninstalling Win Me, add 150 Mbytes
On an average system with Office,
graphics, etc. I would allow a four Gig (GigaByte) partition for
the C: drive; Two Gigs is almost too small for this hog.
VGA or higher monitor
CD-ROM or DVD drive
or Not? I did the initial install as an upgrade to my computer
and a second one as a clean install (installation on a new hard disk
or one that has been taken-down to "bare metal" by removing
the primary partition). As soon as that 7,200 RPM drive arrives
I will do a clean install (see below) on my computer. Whenever
one installs a new version of Windows it is usually much better to do
a clean install. That gets rid of any problems that have developed
in the old version through use and eliminates any lingering driver problems,
Directly from the CD. No can do. The various
versions of the Windows Me CDs are not bootable like Windows 98 and Windows
98 Second Edition.
cab files and Installing from a Hard Disk. Unless there
are severe problems in prior installation attempts, there is no need
to copy the Windows cab files (cabinet or compressed files containing
the Windows files) from the CD to the hard disk and installing from the
hard disk (which is done just like
it is for Windows 98). Unlike Windows 98 and 98 SE and
like Windows 95 OSR2, the Windows Me Setup copies the cab files to the
hard disk drive (C:\windows\options\install) and installs Windows from
there. Windows will no longer be asking for the Windows CD
when you are on the road with your laptop while the CD remains behind
in a desk drawer in your office (most annoying).
Installing (Upgrades and Clean Installs)... Back-up your
critical data. This is advisable for upgrades as well as
clean installs. I use Microsoft
Backup to back-up critical data to a file server or another computer
on a network or to a second drive connected to the computer as a slave. One
could also use a Zip, tape, or CD-RW drive as a backup device with this
software. My critical data consists of: C:\My Documents, C:\Windows\Cookies,
C:\Windows\Favorites, C:\Windows\lbyard.pwl (password file), and few
other directories and files specific to me. Of course, you will
have to reinstall all of applications if you do a clean install and restore
your critical data.
If you are installing a new hard disk, your
old hard disk becomes a backup. Be sure it is not connected to the
new drive when partitioning, formatting or installing Windows on it.
I always try to have two backups before cleaning
a drive. I have seen backup programs fail to make a good backup (especially
if tape is used), old disk drives dropped, data on old disk drives wiped-out
by human error, and still other disk drives that decided to die at
the very moment they were evicted from their beloved homes.
Try to obtain the latest drivers for the motherboard
and and expansion boards in your computer.
Flash the motherboard with the latest BIOS,
if you feel competent to do so, and test the flash with you existing version
If you are installing Windows Me on a newly
constructed computer, I recommend installing Windows after the video board
is installed and before the rest of the expansion boards are installed.
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