Setting up networking
by Bill Osler - 2/2/10 5:28 AM
I have virtually no experience with Win 2000 but I am supposed to help my father migrate his files from his old PC to a new Win 7 Home Premium PC. He paid for the file migration service when he bought the PC but the company failed to do the job. The good news is they refunded the price, but he still needs access to the files. I do not have physical access to his PC right now, so I don't have a lot of details. I suspect that he is running an illegal copy of Win 2k that a computer repair place put on the PC while fixing the system after after the computer (which originally ran Win98 or maybe Win ME) broke down. I don't know for certain, but I'm told a lot of shops did install Win 2k illegally once upon a time. I don't know if that matters to the process. I'm surprised he has been able to use it for this long without too many problems. I don't know if he has USB (he doesn't know USB from NAT) and I don't know if he can write CDs but he DOES have a working ethernet port that he uses to connect to his broadband service.
The Win 7 Easy Transfer program does not support Win 2000 so I presume that the easiest way to salvage what we can is to transfer files will be via ethernet.
I think that if I take a monitor for his old PC (he didn't get a new monitor), an ethernet switch and a couple of network cables it should be easy enough to get everything set up. I know that I can't transfer any programs he has installed, but I don't think that will matter. The worst case scenario is I can't make things work, in which case I have to bring his PC home, transfer the hard drive to one of my obsolete PCs and burn a DVD with the files he needs. I'd rather not monkey around inside his new box since that might void any warranty but there's no warranty to worry about on my old P3-500 box running Win XP.
I'm fairly comfortable with basic network settings on Win 7 and Win XP Pro and I USED to be fairly proficient with Win 98SE but I don't have any experience with Win 2000 network settings. Are there any major differences in the interface or the details that I need to know about before I get involved in this? Does Win 2k still use the basic pattern of specifying a Workgroup? Is there some kind of simple file sharing? I know that he does NOT have to log on when he boots the PC and I doubt he has any security installed other than basic antivirus.
I hope I can figure out how to transfer his IE bookmarks but I don't know how Win 2k stores any of that stuff. Shoot, I don't use IE enough to know where it stores that on MY computer.
I appreciate any assistance.