WIN 98se V's WIN XP

  wotan 14:50 17 Feb 2003

I have at last gathered the courage (and the cash) to upgrade my system, both hardware and operating system. I still have one or two reservations though.
My main use for my system is in re-building old photographs, a task that requires quite a lot of memory as well as a printer and scanner. I have been told that some older printer/scanner drives are not recognised by XP, especially those using parallel or serial port connections, is this true? If so is there any way around this problem without having to buy a new printer and scanner.
I also have a query about running dual operating systems, as I have been told it is possible to run WIN 98se and WIN XP on the same computer, simply by putting my old 20Gig hard drive into the new system as a slave, and tweaking the bios, thus enabling me to continue to use the older printer and scanner. This would appear to answer the original query, but seems to be a simple solution, so what might go wrong? Any advice gratefully accepted. Wotan

  Lú-tzé 15:06 17 Feb 2003

If you are getting a new hard disk drive (hdd) and a new OS, then install the new hdd as slave to the current one.

Then install the new OS - XP? - onto the new hdd and you will have the option to dual boot with the two OSs (win 98 and XP).

Check the manufacturer of your current hardware for any XP drivers - many do provide them.

  Elrond 15:15 17 Feb 2003

Agree with Lú-tzé on this one, there shud be some sort of XP driver for your hardware. My printer and scanner were usedon win98 and I upgraded to XP with the relevent driver downloads and everything went fine. I think u may find you'll spend a lot more ime on XP when ur used to it. I think it was designed more for multimedia use which applies to you and ur photo editing. All the best.

  MAJ 15:35 17 Feb 2003

Unfortunately, I couldn't get an XP driver for my scanner, so I went the dual boot route. Absolutely no problems with it (Win98SE and XP Pro). If you can't get an XP driver, remembering that a Win2000 driver might also work on XP, I would recommend the dual boot.

  duplo 15:52 17 Feb 2003

Duel boot is easy to run, and only slighlty complicated to install both OS. If your photo work is for business it may be a good idea to have to OS as one can be used purely for work, the other for fun.

  SmiffyRebel 16:52 17 Feb 2003

Just a quick word of reassurance I have an Epson Stylus Color 600 and a SCSI Umax Astra 610S which I used to use on an Amiga some time ago, anyway both these machine work fine with XP Pro.

  wotan 19:47 17 Feb 2003

Thanks for the advice, greatly appreciated, will give it a go and come back if I run into trouble. Thanks again, Wotan

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