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    Windows2000: Upgrade Install

If you're running another version of Windows with the AutoRun feature enabled, you can just insert the Win2000 CD-ROM and and receive a pop-up installation menu. (If AutoRun isn't enabled, you can open the CD in My Computer and double-click the SETUP.EXE file to start the upgrade installation.) Many people mistakenly believe it's only possible to start an upgrade installation in this fashion, but actually you can clean install a multiple-boot installation in this manner too.

Upgrade setup, also known as GUI mode installation, is both a little easier and a little trickier than the "from scratch" NT-like Floppy or CD-boot installation. Here's the key thing you need to know about Upgrade Setup...  It's best suited to two specific installation outcomes:

  • UPGrading from Windows95/98/NT

  • Multi-Boot Installation

The first outcome is an upgrade installation, wherein you convert an existing Windows 95, 98 or Windows NT installation to Windows 2000. We've already suggested you avoid upgrades, if possible. Still, GUI mode is the easiest way to accomplish an upgrade installation if you're not going to take our advice. 

The second installation outcome is a multiple-boot configuration, where Windows 2000 installs into a different directory or partition and leaves your existing version of Windows intact. Win2000 can set up dual-booting with either Win9x or NT 4.0. It can even configure a three-way multiple boot with both earlier versions of Windows if they're already installed on your PC using NT 4.0's dual-boot configuration. And Win2000 does this automatically as part of its setup process. Each time you start the PC, you'll be given the choice of which version of Windows you want to boot. 

To Begin:
The first screen you will see is a pop-up installation dialog for Win2000. 

In order to avoid an upgrade installation, the first thing you must do is click "No" to the dialog that asks "Would you like to upgrade to Windows 2000?" If an upgrade is your goal, click "Yes" and follow the on-screen instructions.

If you clicked No to the upgrade offer, the graphical setup panel will be revealed. Now click the "Install Windows 2000" button. You'll be asked where you want to upgrade your current Windows installation, (this may be grayed out if you've got a non-compatible version), or whether you'd prefer a new installation of Win2000. Select that second choice to clean install a multiple-boot version of Windows 2000. If you're installing into the same drive partition as your current version of Windows, be sure select a different directly into which to copy the Win2000 files. (I recommend naming it \WIN2000, since that's generally not already in existence.). Click Next to advance to the next step.

Step Two:
After the licensing agreement and the product key, graphical setup displays three sets of options. The Language Options button lets you choose which languages Win2000 should support; most people should leave this alone. The Accessibility Options let you turn on the Narrator or Magnifier features during Setup, if you need them. The Advanced Options button is the most important, and offers controls for the following options:

Location of Win2000 files
This designates where Windows 2000 will copy its setup files...  most probably your CD. Unless there's a specific reason to make a change, leave this setting alone.

Windows installation folder
This option is where you select (or create) the directory into which Win2000 will be installed, such as D:\Windows or C:\Win2000. Do not select the directory for your current version of Windows, which might be C:\Windows or C:\WinNT.

Copy all Setup files from the Setup CD to the hard drive
This setting places a copy of the setup files on your hard drive, and probably should not be checked unless for whatever reason you will not have CD-ROM access (or network access if you're installing over a network) during setup.

Choose the installation partition during setup
This is the most important option of them all, and it's part of what makes the GUI mode installation a little tricky. Unless you're performing an upgrade, you should always check this option. (The choice will be given to you after Setup reboots.) By default, Win2000 installs on the same drive as your existing Windows installation, which may not work for you in all cases. Although there's a huge debate surrounding this point and I generally recommend installing Windows versions to separate partitions whenever that's possible.

Once you've finished and press OK, the machine will reboot. If you copied over files from the CD-ROM to the hard drive, be sure to remove the CD-ROM to keep the system from booting it accidentally. 

Your are ready to move to the next phase in the install:

Next: Windows 2000 Setup


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