Problems upgrading Win ME to Win 2000

  andy625 21:27 05 Dec 2009

I've been trying to upgrade a Windos ME laptop to Windows 2000. I set it to upgrade rather than to do a clean instal, and also to change the file system to NFTFS. It keeps getting to the final stage and locks up ie, the page that has 4 steps on it, like creating start menu, updating programs etc.

I've tried re-running the instal about 4 times, and every time this happpens at some point. Not alsways on the same step, but it always locks up.

I'm prepared to do a clean instal, but I'm not sure how to do that now that I cant get out of this loop. Even if I reboot without the upgrade CD in the drive, after doing a check disc, it still asks for the CD.

Do I have to reboot in dos to get it to do a clean instal? If so, I'm not sure about the dos commands.

Can anyone help me?

  grey george 21:35 05 Dec 2009

You may need to change the boot order in the BIOS so that it looks at the CD drive first rather than the hard drive.

  mgmcc 21:44 05 Dec 2009

If the Windows 2000 CD isn't bootable, boot with a Windows 98 "boot floppy" (which is more complete than a Windows ME one), format the hard drive as FAT32, insert the Win 2000 CD and run Setup.exe from DOS. You can change the file system from FAT32 to NTFS after the OS has been installed.

If it won't let you run the Setup.exe file from DOS, run the WINNT.EXE file in the i386 folder on the CD, to install in a FAT32 partition.

You can download a Windows 98SE "boot floppy" from click here

  andy625 21:49 05 Dec 2009

Thanks, I already have a Windows 98 boot disk, so I'll give that a go tomorrow.

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