Well, actually, it isn't a real "upgrade" of running NT to
2000, but a "fresh" installation of Windows 2000 Professional.
I hope it should also work for other Windows 2000 products. I
haven't tried its server-type installations yet, but I remember I
haven't experienced any problem with NT, regarding it was Server
- First of all, a backup of important data should be made! I do it
by having another Windows-like partition on the disk, where I
copy/move my texts, drawings etc. That partition is not
going to be handled during the installation. After the backup is made,
it's the right time to install Windows 2000.
- You see, folks, whenever I (re)install a Windows NT product, I
like to see it on a clean partition. It means, I remove i.e.
delete the existing partition where NT "system" files were stored,
in order to get free ('unused') space. Then I chose to make
a new partition that will be formatted as NTFS type of file
system. After that, I opt to install Win2000 onto the new
- The procedure of Windows 2000 Setup will remove LILO from the
MBR, so a couple of next re-bootings during the installation won't
show LILO prompt.
- When the Win2000 installation is finished, you may re-install your
favorite applications and restore your data from the
backup. You should then check if everything goes fine with your
new and old Windoze stuff :-)
- So far - so good. Now you have to look after your Linux boot
floppy diskette. If you can't find it, you are out of luck.
Actually, I am not sure if all Linux systems might be now
activated without boot diskette. Some Linux gurus
suggest to boot Linux from the installation CD, but I don't
know if it can help in case your system doesn't have
bootable CD-ROM drive, i.e. a modern motherboard's
BIOS. Any comment here?
- Well, after you successfully boot your Linux, you should go to
/etc/lilo.conf to check it once again. You should have
there at least two options: Linux and NT. Case you don't see the
option to boot your beloved Windoze, you have to add it. It
was described in previous sections. Then you have to run
/sbin/lilo in order to put LILO boot loader into the MBR.
- That's all. Next time you boot your computer, you'll get your
LILO prompt. Using <Tab> key you'll see your boot options.
- From my experience - all work great! Although I removed
previous WinNT installation in order to make new Win2000
installation and also lost (temporarily) LILO boot loader,
at the end I got both of them, Win2000 and Linux, the same
way as I did with WinNT and Linux!