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Issues with Thinkpad 600 OS upgrade from 98 to XP.

Discussion in 'IBM Thinkpad' started by Donald Newcomb, Mar 5, 2005.

  1. I just upgraded my old TP 600 from Win 98 to XP Home (SP2) and wish I had
    known a few mor things than what I read on the IBM website. They are:
    1. Uninstall anything that deals with the OS, files or devices at a low
    level before the upgrade. This includes all USB drivers, firewalls,
    antivirus, etc. Norton AV was a huge pain to uninstall *after* the upgrade.
    Upgrade or uninstall any old programs. Some not only won't run under XP,
    they won't uninstall.
    2. Consider doing a clean XP install. I opted for an upgrade because I would
    not have to backup my data and settings and then reinstall them. In
    hindsight this might have been easier. It would also have cleared the
    "topsy" out of my registry.
    Donald Newcomb, Mar 5, 2005
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  2. I dont think I've ever done an Upgrade to an OS. Just too many problems get
    carried over. I do clean installs on everything I've had, I just do data
    backups first. The BIG gotcha is BIOS updates. That prob more than anything
    else paves the way for proper handshaking between the OS and BIOS. After that,
    d/l all the drivers and updates for the new OS -before- you put in the new OS
    CD. Have the updates burned on a CD, or in another partition to be able to
    point to or draw from.

    After that it should be easy. IBM has an XP site that tells you all these. AV
    software disabled, any programs running in the background, go into MSCONFIG and
    uncheck just about everything, save and restart, so you have the absolute
    minimum running during the upgrade. A clean install?> Fdisk, format and go.

    I've run Win95, 98, SE, Win2K, XPHome and Pro on 600's(cpu upgraded to 366 and
    400mhz) -E's and -X's. I ran 95, 98, SE, and beta XPPro on 770's(yeah, it ran
    but not well at all).

    Good luck

    Capt 'Wild' Bill Kelso, USAAC, Mar 5, 2005
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  3. Probably a good policy. I just hope I can relocate all the install files,
    disks and activation codes for all those applications. One way to make this
    technique easier is to copy the old disk to a data partition on the new one
    so that when you find that you forgot something you can copy it quickly.
    Donald Newcomb, Mar 5, 2005
  4. Donald Newcomb

    obs Guest

    I love having a 2nd HDD adapter :).

    obs, Mar 6, 2005
  5. One other suggestion: When you start reinstalling software, turn off
    everything running in the background, particularly your antivirus' real-time
    checking and MS AntiSpyware Beta. Some of my larger applications' installers
    (i.e. games) would just lock up while trying to run if these programs were
    Donald Newcomb, Mar 8, 2005
  6. When I do the original install of a program, I make a text file with the product
    key, and save it on another partition, so I always have it handy if I'm on the
    Capt. 'Wild' Bill Kelso, USAAC, Mar 10, 2005
  7. Another good suggestion would be to write the key on the CD. You'd be
    surprised how easy it is to get the key and CD seperated.
    Donald Newcomb, Mar 11, 2005
  8. 'still me... yeah.. that one I learned the hard way, now when i get a program
    that has a CD key, it gets written on the CD with magic marker, right before
    burning several archival copies..
    Captain Rex Cramer, Mar 12, 2005
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