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Trouble with primary partiton after NT to Win2K upgrade?

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We started with a Dell system that came with NT pre-installed.  This system was configured with a 2 GB C drive for the boot partition.

We wanted Win2K on this machine, so we started with an NT installation (we re-installed and changed the boot partition to 4 GB), then upgraded to Win2K.  During the Win2K upgrade, we re-partitioned the 40 GB drive to use all 40 GB as the C drive.  

Everything appears to be fine with the installtion except that some applications won't install, stopping with an error that there is not enough space on the drive for install.  This is mostly older apps, but many of them have installed without issues on a pre-installed Win2K Dell system.

Is this something to do with the master boot record?  Is there anything we can do with this install to repair the situation without full re-install.

Thanks for any help!!
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A lot of applications do not know how to handle large drives.
The algorithm for free space that they use "rolls Over" anywhere between 4, and 32 GB, and ends up with negative numbers.

1) Fill the hard drive with MP3's until you finish installing.

or

2) Make a big swap file

or

3) Look for newer versions of the programs a or fixes.

I hope this helps !
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bg, adding the Windows 2000 Compatibility Update may help you with this problem. It doesn't solve problem with true 16-bit applications, but it will help with older apps. While this usually applies to various games, we've used it to solve application issues as well.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/tools/appcompat/default.asp

Dennis

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Thanks for a couple of great suggestions.  I'll try these out and whichever does the fix. I'll award points.

-BG

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Both of you gave great and relavant answers.  We actually ended up re-installing with a full install disk from Win 2000 as the disk was too jacked up.

Since I don't think I can split the points, I chose the first answer.

Thanks to you both for great answers!
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Well at least your up and running.

Don't worry about the points issue as I think SysExpert will resolve that.
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