I'm getting set to move from 98 to XP SP2 (I know ... dude, don't rush it, it's only almost 2008!) but anyway :)
I'm wondering how or if I can keep all my settings (registry contents, desktop shortcuts, start menu contents etc, installed software, installed fonts) from the Win98 system I'm running now.
The situation is this.
1/ XP Pro SP2 installed on IBM DeskStar drive, drive not currently even plugged in.
2/ Win98 on my C:, been booting from it for years.
3/ Got the IBM DeskStar + XP when I bought the system, but just pulled that drive at the time because I was all set up and running with Win98.
4/ Bought the system second-hand. Seller represented XP license as legit, but did not provide either S.O.A. or installation CDs. (He said he couldn't find the CDs or may have never had them. From knowing him and his reputation, I tend to believe him, but who knows.)
Now I've got a break in my schedule and it's time to look at moving to XP again.
Normally you'd just install XP as an upgrade, right, but I can't install it without the CDs -- it's already installed on the other drive. Or, you would start with XP and just reinstall software, but I'm not sure I could find all my installation disks after all this time. (The data on my drives goes back about 14 years -- although it's been moved around quite a bit!)
So what I'm looking for is a way to merge / import my settings from the Win98-based system to the XP-based system. Is this even feasible?
Any ideas very much appreciated.
And while I'm at it: when I plugged in and booted from the XP drive, it recognized all my other drives, but got the drive letter assignments all wrong. How does drive letter assignment work with XP?