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Old 05-13-05, 06:49 AM   #1
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changing OS - suggestions?

Well, a couple of weeks ago I bought an iPod, and when it arrived I discoverd that it didn't support Windows Me (I thought "Millenium" was just a cheap version of "2000", but apparently not). Me sucks anyway - my computer's always crashing, so I've gotten a copy of 2000 and plan to install it.

To do that requires a full hard drive swipe, so I've ordered an external hard drive to save the stuff I need to keep (I've wanted one anyway because photography is rapidly filling up the computer drive).

Any suggestions or tips on how to go about this, or any websites you recommend? I'm especially concerned that I'll forget to move some stuff I want to keep. I could back up the entire hard drive, but there's plenty of stuff I don't wan't to keep, and welcome this opportunity to make it go away.
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Old 05-13-05, 08:59 AM   #2
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I normally make a "backup" folder and move everything i need into it. Then I use my computer for a day and make sure I don't have anything outside that folder that I forgot. I'm not sure what other kind of advise you are looking for, but make sure you have drivers for your modem or network card available for the new OS. Video/sound/webcam/etc drivers can be found after the install, but not having your connection to the internet makes everything a pain.

Oh, and congrats on getting rid of ME, everytime I work on a ME computer I want to jump out the nearest window.
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Partition, move stuff you want over. Wipe partition used to install new windows on. Keep windows/program apps/data that never goes away seperate if possible. This would also make future reinstallations much easier.
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Who would ever want to use a pc anyway... j/k

Just format the hdd after saving all information, pop the cd in, boot from it and presta... installed os... clean and ready to use after you install a gazillion drivers.

(or you could just buy a mac and be done with it )
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pop the cd in, boot from it and presta... installed os... clean and ready to use after you install a gazillion drivers.

(or you could just buy a mac and be done with it )
I'm a pretty big Mac zealot myself, but I run PC as well. XP is pretty good about drivers -- there isn't a whole lot that you need to install from a disk or go searching for...the OS itself contains the drivers for just about every piece of standard hardware.
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2000 has been a good OS for me. XP honestly is a little better in a few areas, but 2000 gives you pretty much all the same functionality. ME is crap. I dare say 98 SE is better.

The only real solution to not losing any files is simply to be organized. Ok, to late to start on the old OS, but when you swap files over to the clean disk, organize them then.
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I'm using XP Pro right now, but I've always liked 98 the best, with 2000 following close behind. I wish my computer could run Linux, though; I've got a $100 copy of Redhat 7._ sitting on a shelf collecting dust.
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You paid for Linux? haha.
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Agreed.
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I've downloaded various other versions in the last few years, and none of them have worked. I figured the problem was that I was downloading them, and not buying an actual copy (even though I knew it was open source and all that), so I decided to pick up an actual copy...just turns out my computer can't run it, is all. Too poor to buy another.
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Here's the way I do it...

1. Create backup files from selected programs, including email (Thunderbird - MozBackup), bookmarks (Firefox - MozBackup again), financial data (i.e., Quicken - native command). Most of my remaining files (Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, etc.) are kept in separate folders. Don't forget any backgrounds and/or screen savers!

2. Use a screen capture program like Hypersnap to create "still lifes" of your desktop, any important desktop folders, and all the programs that appear on your Start menu. If you want, you can augment this by drilling down the Start menu (some programs install multi-level pick lists) and writing everything down with Notepad. Now that you have the list, go find all those application CDs you're going to need later on.

3. Download the latest/greatest drivers for all my hardware. Copy these files to either a CD or thumb-drive so you have easy access to them later.

4. Use a backup program like NovaBackup to copy and compress the whole kit-and-kaboodle to DVD (although Microsoft's built-in backup tool will work in a pinch).

5. Start all over from scratch. Pull out the new OS CD, reboot your PC (you may have to tweak the BIOS settings to boot off the CD), blow away your OS partition, recreate it, and load your new OS.

6. Use the CD (or thumbdrive) you created in step 3 to load your hardware drivers.

7. Reinstall your applications (remember those CDs you found in step 2?).

8. Move your data from the DVD back onto your PC.

As to the OS of choice, I'd probably go with Windows XP Professional.
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I've downloaded various other versions in the last few years, and none of them have worked. I figured the problem was that I was downloading them, and not buying an actual copy (even though I knew it was open source and all that), so I decided to pick up an actual copy...just turns out my computer can't run it, is all. Too poor to buy another.
That sucks. What you're really paying for in that distro is the Tech Support.
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That sucks. What you're really paying for in that distro is the Tech Support.

Very true -- but tech support is also available through thousands of sites and forums online. There's a Linux geek lurking in every dark corner of the internet. Those same guys who bundled and sold a Linux distribution can probably be found helping Linux users for free in their off hours.
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I've downloaded various other versions in the last few years, and none of them have worked. I figured the problem was that I was downloading them, and not buying an actual copy (even though I knew it was open source and all that), so I decided to pick up an actual copy...just turns out my computer can't run it, is all. Too poor to buy another.
You'd have to use a good reliable fast connection, FIRSTLY.

When you visit a distro's site, try to notice that there are md5 sums near the distro's disk image. This helps to check if there are problems with the image first. If the md5 sums match in you md5 summer, then, you can burn and use the disk(s).

And then, the latest fad now is Ubuntu Linux, which is a great OS (with a friendly community) for a PC machine.

Weel, MacOSX remains the best for me (coupled with a Mac machine...).
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Yeah, see, I've got 56K.

And about tech support; I spent over two hours on the phone with a tech dude, and got nowhere. My computer is just ridiculous.
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