RE: upgrade from 98 to XP

Subject: RE: upgrade from 98 to XP
From: "Margaritis, Peter" <PMargaritis -at- alldata -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 18:14:25 -0500

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> From: John Posada[SMTP:jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com]
> Sent: Monday, February 04, 2002 5:18 PM
> Subject: upgrade from 98 to XP
> I'm using W98 and muy laptop has 196 mb ram. I go in and out of
> applications that require large pices of RAM fairly often throughout
> the day and I find that I must reboot often becuase 98 tends to not
> give back on release, as much of thr ram as it took. Therefore, my
> available resources grt smaller and smaller until I reboot.
> I want to upgrade to XP (not 2000, pleasee don't suggest it) and I
> would like to do it without a reformat. I know it would be better if
> I did, but I cannot right now.
> well does the upgrade it a clean upgrade?
> Thanks
> =====
> John Posada, Senior Technical Writer
> mailto:john -at- tdandw -dot- com, 732-259-2874
NO! John, don't look back.

Run. RUN....

Run silent.. Run deep.

Two weeks ago I tried to upgrade my HP Pavillion PC from
Windows 98 to Windows XP (Home Edition).

The upgrade itself goes rather smoothly. Only takes about
45 minutes.

The trouble comes afterwards.

1) I lost my email channels. I have both AOL and a LAN line
(Road Runner). They both went down and refused to come

The Road Runner folks finally talked me through to reestablishing
my LAN email, but thereafter, it would go down every time
I turned the PC back on. And no one could get an email through
to me, no matter what the tests did. And AOL gave me similar
problems, although it at least functioned after a bit.

I also found that a number of my applications would not conform
to Windows XP, including, surprisingly, my HP inkjet printer.
Turns out the printer software that I needed to download to get
the printer to work was finally found on the Microsoft Help
web page.

Unfortunately, the download did not work, and the printer
stayed down. The phone help from Microsoft only resulted
in them telling me that my printer terminal was bad (it
wasn't before).

Also lost or misplaced were several WORD files, and a
number of small but convenient .exe files.

The new screens were OK to get used to, although my wife
grumbled at length about them. We now each had to
log on separately, something not required on the older

And two sets of saved game scenarios were lost.

Frustrated, we finally had to uninstall XP and go back
to Windows 98. It took a whole afternoon to get all the
files back where then had to be, and included reinstalling
a number of programs.

We returned the XP pkg to Microsoft for a refund.

My advice: If ya got WIndows 98, stick to it.
If you must upgrade, buy the entire XP package.
Don't upgrade.

Pete Margaritis
Sr. Tech Writer
Alliance Data Systems

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