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Yes, you could install of Windows 2000 without having to install Windows 98
first. However, when you install the Window 2000, the computer will ask you
to insert a qualifying product CD ex, Win98 SE CD and to verify.
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From: xxx [mailto:xxx]
Sent: Monday, December 27, 1999 1:51 PM
To: Microsoft Connect
Subject: Upgrade to Windows 2000
I would like to know, that if I purchase an Windows 2000 Upgrade CD
(Win95/98/98SE to Windows 2000, the US$219 one) will I be able to perform
clean installs of Windows 2000 without having to install Windows 98 first?
I have a licensed Windows 95, 98 and 98SE CD. If I am installing on an
empty hard disk, will it ask me to insert a qualifying product CD and then
verify and install directly, or will I need to install Windows 98 and then
upgrade that to Windows 2000?