Sunday, 17 December, 2000

Upgrading Linux and Windows Systems

Yesterday was Shopping Day, and while I was at Best Buy I picked up a copy of Windows 2000 Professional Upgrade, and SuSE Linux 7.0.  Today is Upgrade Day.  I'm upgrading my Windows 98 box to Win2K, and my SuSE Linux 6.4 box to SuSE Linux 7.0.

I actually started the Win2K upgrade last night, but went to bed while it was examining my system to find incompatible hardware and software.  When I got up this morning I found that I needed to obtain some new drivers and uninstall some software before continuing with the upgrade.  So now I'm ready to give it another shot.

I usually don't do OS upgrades, preferring to reformat my system and install the OS from scratch.  But the Win2K upgrade package was $100 less than the standard package, and people I trust have done the 98-to-2K upgrade successfully, so I'm going to give it a try.  Wish me luck.

I'm not too concerned about the Linux machine, as at the moment it's mostly just a test box.  There's nothing on the machine that I can't nuke.  I'll probably try to upgrade just to see how it goes, but if things get nasty I'll just nuke the box and start over with SuSE 7.0.


The Win2K upgrade seems to have gone well, and all of the partitions are now NTFS.  The only odd thing I've seen so far is that Win2K seems to have swapped the drive letters on my CD and DVD drives.  Knowing how these things go, I suspect that won't be the only oddity I encounter.

The Linux update went well, too, although it decided to overwrite my file, so I had to go figure that one out again.  The system was also very slow once the update was done.  It apparently never rebooted (a plus, I guess), but there appeared to be active processes after the update that really weren't necessary.  I rebooted the system and it seems to be running better.  No major problems to report...yet.