PREPARING TO UPGRADE
Windows 98 to Windows 98 Second Edition
Revised January 3, 2004
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by Gary Woodruff
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- Remember the $20 Windows 98 Second Edition Update Version must be installed from within Win98. That is part of the reason for getting it cleaned up before the install. I also suggest you look at the text file in the root directory of the SE upgrade CD called SETUPTIP.TXT. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Through most channels, this $20 Update Version is no longer available. It now appears that the only place to get this update is in the private channels like eBay.]
- Fix all known problem issues present in Win98. The Update or Upgrade will not fix existing problems. (It may fix some minor problems, but will not help major ones.)
- Flash the latest BIOS. This is because many shutdown and Power Management problems are caused by old BIOS. If you have not flashed BIOS before, follow the update instructions from your Computer or Motherboard Manufacturer exactly. This update can do serious damage to your computer if it is not done correctly. Better, if it is your first time to take it to a technician or have a competent friend come over and help. If you are in doubt, do not do it.
- Install the latest Video Drivers. You can get these from your Computer or Video Board Manufacturer’s web site. With Video drivers you need either to follow the manufacturer’s instructions; or (a simple way) boot to Safe Mode, delete your old drivers, and then reboot and let Windows detect the Video Board and install it.
- Make sure, if you have IE5 installed, that you uninstall it from Add/Remove Programs. Otherwise, you will not get the latest build.
- Shut down the Screen Saver. Right click on an empty spot on the desktop, select “Properties”, and then the “Screen Saver Tab”, and select “None” for your screen saver.
- While you are at the Screen Saver tab, check to be sure Power Management settings are all set to Never.
- Clear all the Temp files.
Alternately, use the Disk Cleanup tool: Open My Computer, right click on the drive’s icon, and select Properties.
- The Temporary Internet Files from IE. Open IE, go to Tools | Internet Options | General Tab. You can also do this from Explorer by going to C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files.
- The Recycle Bin. Right Click the Recycle Bin and delete Files. With Norton Utilities, delete Norton Protected Files from here as well.
- I then run ScanDisk, EasyCleaner, RegClean 4.1a, and Windows Disk Defragmenter to make sure there are no errors, and that all the files are located in one place. (You can substitute your favorite utilities.) Do this before the upgrade then update EasyCleaner to version 2.0, since older versions of EasyCleaner will remove Registry keys required for Windows’ Help system to run, effectively breaking it.
- If you have the Symantec Products Norton Antivirus or GoBack, it would be a good idea to remove them. GoBack is known to cause problems when upgrading to Win98 SE and should be removed using the Add/Remove Programs applet in Control Panel. Norton Antivirus should at the very least be shut down, but I am most comfortable removing it completely then reinstalling it after the upgrade. In some cases you may have to go to their site and use their removal tools to prevent additional issues. Historically, Symantec has had issues with Upgrading and addresses these on their site.
- Shut all background programs down including disabling those that might start at boot. Press to Ctrl+Alt+Delete and “End Task” on all but Systray and Explorer. In Norton Antivirus you have to go to “Options” “Auto-Protect tab”, uncheck 8220;Load Auto-Protect at startup”, “OK” out and answer yes to “Do you want to unload now” to keep it from reloading when SE reboots during installation. Also check your BIOS to make sure you do not have BIOS AntiVirus protection enabled.
- If you want to go one more step to assure nothing is running in the background, you can run the System Configuration Utility, open the Start Up Tab, and shut down everything except System Tray and the two Power Profiles. Remember to turn these back on after the install.
- Your system will be squeaky clean and ready for the SE install. It normally takes from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the system.
When you install Win98 SE, upon completion you will find all the Power Management Settings reset to the default. This is done to make sure Power Management installs correctly. Your IE5 Cookie setting also may be set back to default. Check them.
If you have Norton AntiVirus installed, you need to turn it back on by reversing what you did to turn it off above. You also will get a warning from Norton AntiVirus, shortly after the install, about how your files have changed. Choose “Inoculate” NOT “Fix.” Newer versions tell you what to do if you have just installed a new Operating System. But be careful because, if you do the wrong thing, it plays havoc with your system file dates.