"Jon" <Jon@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> Old Pgms - I have expensive application software that works on Win 3.1,
> Win 98, Win ME (all 16bit I think) on a 2000-era Gateway desktop computer.
> I have the MS ME OS on a FAT32 hard drive there. XP Business Office suite
> works fine on this MS ME. This desktop is beginning to crater; one of the
> 2 hard drives already has bad sectors. The monitor which was already
> originally a refurb is about 8-9 years old.
> New Vista - I also have a 32bit Vista Ultimate on a new 17" 1.4Ghz
> notebook. My MS Vista Bios says I can boot from either a CDROM/DVD, or a
> main hard drive, or a USB harddrive, or boot to a LAN. I've put some
> Office 97 programs on this Vista and a few other old programs.: all work.
> USB boot - What I'm thinking of is to take out my still-working C
> harddrive Fat32 drive from the 16bit MS ME desktop and attach a USB
> connection to it, then boot from it at my 32bit Vista machine.
> This old C drive is bulging with 40-60 Gb's of good software that is
> probably not transferable directly to Vista, and most don't have new
> drivers for Vista. (Several programs use advanced graduate school
> mathematics to decompose a long data stream into multiple wave components,
> etc.) Ideally I would gain a nice new wide monitor screen and a much
> faster speed without the years of trauma trying to install zillions of old
> specialized programs on Vista who would balk at each one. If this MS ME
> boot idea would work, naturally it would need drivers to find the notebook
> monitor and keyboard and mouse, USB's, etc, but I assume that could be
> done easily. Offhand I'd think this drive and programs wouldn't know
> anything has changed except it now just runs faster.
> In re-reading the MS Vista help file on dual boots, they suggest a MS 2000
> could work as a duel boot on the same harddrive as MS Vista. And MS 2000
> is a son of MS ME I think: they must be closely alike, and to their
> grandson XP. What I don' t know is how would the 16bit MS ME OS 2000-era
> and application software on a Fat32 drive react to a roaring 32bit 1.4Ghz
> Vista CPU, 2007-era designed for 32bit NTFS format. I'd think the effect
> would be the same as if I just put a fast 1.4Ghz CPU in my old MS ME
> desktop. Any experience, horror stories , warnings, successe stories or
> suggestions ,anyone?
> Thanks, Jon.
As clarification, 2 old programs on my MS ME desktop computer had required
that I make changes in the system.ini file while they are being installed
years ago. Once this is done they work great on MS ME. That's why I can't
just use the desktop as an appendege to my Vista computer because the Vista
booting doesn't do the right tricks to make these programs work. I dimly
recall that someone told me this system.ini trick would not work on a NT OS,
especially MS Win 3.1 NS. On my Vista notebook, changing the system.ini file
has been a problem, but also some of the registry entries don't get written
during the program installation process- and apparently the reuired lines
are copied into my my personal "documents" folder. To get these old programs
to work I have to boot from a MS ME OS.
* One option is to fix up my 6 year old MS ME and use it when I want to run
either of these two programs. To that end, I ordered a new WD harddrive to
replace my C & D drives. However, I would now have to upkeep two different
computers all the time.
* Another possibility is to obtain a MS XP v2002 OS to upgrade the MS ME to
XP OS on my desktop FAT32 C drive, (assuming it won't mess with my programs
or with the system.ini file) then somehow get this same XP OS (on the old
desktop) over to my Vista notebook as some sort of a multiboot.(I assume XP
2002 would have drivers for the notebook monitor and keyboard.) Apparently
the XP 2003 OS will not work or upgrade at all on a MS ME computer. When I
see written that XP and Vista can be used in multiboots, I can't tell which
XP version (2002, 2003, 2007?) they are talking about. Another issue is if I
install XP 2002 on my desktop, Microsoft might want me to pay money to
reinstall it on my Vista notebook, which would be a 2nd machine.
* Another possibility is to try out the Vistual PC 2007 which supposedly
allows Win 98, Win ME, Win XP, etc. to be run along with Vista. I've
downloaded the free program and will work on the courage to tenative try it
I have health problems and don't have spans of time to do a lot of computer
testing work. If anyone sees me heading for a disaster here, please advise.