I'm doing the prep before upgrading from W2k Pro to XP Pro. I've done the compatabilty check. I've backed up my non-ms drivers. I already save my data files etc to a separate partition. I intend to do a clean install, rather than just upgrade. Any advice / recommendations appreciated.
It's quite simple but you must read the prompt screens VERY carefully as they come up one by one.At virtually every stage MS tries to dissuade you from doing a clean install with warning screen after warning screen. The keys to press to continue changes at every turn so careful attention is necessary - I know several otherwise intelligent people who've made a complete horlicks of it by not paying enough attention.Good luck.
If you have another partition other than your w2k o/s partition (very important) and the partition where you have backed up your files or if you have another HDD, you can set up a dual boot configuration.
You can then use all your w2k applications, saving your data to the intermediate partition where you now have your files, from which you can access when in XP.
The target partition or drive you use for your XP installation does not even need to be empty as long as it has no other o/s files on it and enough room to accept XP and all the programmes you expect to use (consider how much you are using now as a rough guess as to the space you need). I do suggest an independant partition though for your shared data to keep things neat.
If you start from within Windows 2k and insert your Xp Pro disk you'll encounter different screens and options than in the above click here - the destination's the same but the signposts are different.
While running Windows 2000, insert the XP CD in the drive. When the setup menu appears, select "New Installation" (clean install) from the pull-down menu. Also, select "Advanced" and place checkmarks in the two boxes. Next, your computer will start copying files and then reboot. At this point, select the c drive/partition . Select the option to "format" this partition using either FAT32 or NTFS.
After the drive/partition is formatted, XP will begin the setup process and install "clean".