A Clean Install

Here is a question from reader Thomas L.:

"I was running Windows NT 4.0 Workstation. I purchased the Windows 2000

Professional Upgrade version. I have had some problems upgrading the

original Windows NT 4.0 installation and several people have suggested

that I do a clean install to solve the problems. The only thing is that

I purchased the Upgrade version of Windows 2000 and can't really afford

to go out and buy the full version. Is there a way to do a clean

install using the Upgrade disc?"

Yes. We agree that a clean install is best; however, when we first

upgraded Windows NT 4.0 Workstation to Windows 2000 Professional, we

had trouble with several programs that needed upgrading to run with

Windows 2000.

To perform a clean install with the Upgrade disc, all you need to own

is a qualifying product. Qualifying products for the Windows 2000

Professional Upgrade comprise Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 Workstation,

Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft

Windows 98, and Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition. We do not know if

Windows Me is a qualifying product.

Have your qualifying product disc ready, boot from the Windows 2000

Upgrade disc, and start your installation. At some point, Setup will

ask for confirmation that you own a qualifying product. Insert your

Windows NT 4.0 disc to continue.

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