will win2000 read winme files?


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Siggi

Hi all,
a friend wants to replace a damaged WinMe (only DOS mode possible) with
Win2000. Will his textfiles, outlook mail etc. that were created with WinMe
get lost during installation of Win2000?
Thanks,

Siggi
 
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Galen

In Siggi had this to say:

My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:
Hi all,
a friend wants to replace a damaged WinMe (only DOS mode possible)
with Win2000. Will his textfiles, outlook mail etc. that were created
with WinMe get lost during installation of Win2000?
Thanks,

Siggi
If they're backed up or on a different partition and not over-written or
corrupt then they should be able to import them with the File >
Import/Export > messages section... If any of the above aren't true they're
probably hosed and a repair installation of ME (check the ME group to ensure
that's possible) might be their best option and after that trying an upgrade
(after a backup of course) to 2k would be the next step that I'd consider.
IIRC the upgrade with 2k wasn't nearly as bad as people seemed to think it
was... Or was that XP? <g>

--
Galen - MS MVP - Windows (Shell/User & IE)
http://dts-l.org/
http://kgiii.info/

"We approached the case, you remember, with an absolutely blank mind,
which is always an advantage. We had formed no theories. We were simply
there to observe and to draw inferences from our observations." -
Sherlock Holmes
 
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Pegasus \(MVP\)

Siggi said:
Hi all,
a friend wants to replace a damaged WinMe (only DOS mode possible) with
Win2000. Will his textfiles, outlook mail etc. that were created with WinMe
get lost during installation of Win2000?
Thanks,

Siggi
They shouldn't unless he allows his disk to be formatted.
However, accidents do happen and he must back up his
data beforehand to an independent medium (which he
should do reguluarly anyway unless he wishes to join
the group of people who post here regularly because
they have lost their totally irreplacible and never backed
up files).

Tell him also that he must do a ***new*** installation
of Win2000 rather than attempting an upgrade. There
is no upgrade path from WinME to Win2000 (Win2000
is older than WinME), and since his WinME installation
is damaged, his Win2000 installation would be even
more damaged.
 
S

Siggi

....for your answers. Special thanks to Pegasus for your warning against
upgrading to 2k. How happy I am to own XP!
 
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Galen

In Pegasus (MVP) had this to say:

My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:
They shouldn't unless he allows his disk to be formatted.
However, accidents do happen and he must back up his
data beforehand to an independent medium (which he
should do reguluarly anyway unless he wishes to join
the group of people who post here regularly because
they have lost their totally irreplacible and never backed
up files).

Tell him also that he must do a ***new*** installation
of Win2000 rather than attempting an upgrade. There
is no upgrade path from WinME to Win2000 (Win2000
is older than WinME), and since his WinME installation
is damaged, his Win2000 installation would be even
more damaged.
LOL Good catch by the way? I could have sworn it was ME to 2k but now that I
look it was 98se or 98 that we did that with. <g> No, no upgrade from ME to
2k...

--
Galen - MS MVP - Windows (Shell/User & IE)
http://dts-l.org/
http://kgiii.info/

"We approached the case, you remember, with an absolutely blank mind,
which is always an advantage. We had formed no theories. We were simply
there to observe and to draw inferences from our observations." -
Sherlock Holmes
 

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