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January 12, 2003

Leap of Faith

Dr Plokta suggested that I would be happier if I upgraded my Windows machines to Win2K. Once the children were safely tucked up in bed, I started off the process, accepted all the options recommended by the setup program, and set it going. As far as I can tell, nothing has happened since then; the progress bar is stuck resolutely at zero.

I asked Dr Plokta about it on iChat, and he did the geek equivalent of sucking in his breath sharply and shaking his head sadly. "You do believe in burning your bridges, don't you?" He then explained just exactly why what I'd done was very, very stupid, and suggested I leave the machine overnight in the forlorn hope it will sort itself out.

How thorough a switcher am I? I am never, ever going to buy another Windows PC. Not until Hell freezes over. Not until Hell freezes over twice.

Update: After an hour or so I cancelled out and my Win98SE installation is just fine. I'm now installing clean onto the shiny new hard drive instead; which is what I should have done in the first place. But my resolve was shaken by Windows telling me that none of my hardware was compatible.

Posted by Alison at January 12, 2003 09:17 PM


If you're going to upgrade from W98SE, then the best path is going to be to Windows XP Pro. I've done that upgrade on two or three boxen now with no problems...

Posted by: Simon Bisson at January 13, 2003 10:23 AM

As it was the introduction of Big Brother style Windows XP that sent me scurrying around for an alternative OS in the first place, I have no plans to use it. Win2K will be my last Windows OS upgrade. I probably wouldn't have bothered, but there were a number of respects in which Win98SE was showing its age on the newest of our PCs.

Posted by: Alison Scott at January 13, 2003 10:37 AM

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