January 05, 2001, 12:00 AM — 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
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.