Posted 08 October 2008 - 08:48 AM
Have you ever done a Windows upgrade on your PC, or has the O/S always been installed cleanly? I ask because I had a similar problem to you a few years back when I moved from Windows 98 to Windows 2000.
There was an 'Upgrade' option on the Windows 2000 CD, and it basically said 'choose this to convert your existing Windows 98 install to Windows 2000 whilst preserving all of your personal settings and data'.
'Great!' I thought. 'It's almost like doing a clean install, but quicker and easier and I don't have to back everything up'. I ran the upgrade and everything went fine. Windows 2000 appeared and all my data etc was present and correct.
I then noticed that my HDD usage had more than doubled. On closer investigation it turned out that far from upgrading Windows 98 to 2000, the installer/upgrader had simply deactivated it, installed Windows 2000 alongside it, then made a copy of all my settings and data and stuck it in the Windows 2000 environment.
The end result was that I'd got an unusable Windows 98 install still sat on my HDD, a usable Windows 2000 install, and 2 copies of all of my data and settings files!