I need to upgrade my bussiness computer, how can i do this?


I have a small business I run out of my home. The personal computer we use for business purposes has Windows 98. I am not sure what the brand of the computer is - my late wife worked with an individual to put together this system about 3 years ago. Our main customer is Wal-Mart, and we have been transmitting purchase orders and invoices by EDI. Sterling Commerce Gentran Director is the product we have been using.

Wal-Mart is requiring all vendors to convert to ASII, as well as maintaining an EDI mailbox. We can remain with Sterling Commerce, but Sterling Commerce requires Windows 2000 (not XP) for its upgraded products. We are faced with having to install Windows 2000, then upgrade the Gentran Director product, then install the ASII software. The computer has 256 RAM, 32 bit, so I've been told it will handle all the changes.

What can you advise regarding ugrading to Windows 2000? Do we need to uninstall everything on the computer, install 2000, then reinstall the programs? In addition to the Gentran Director, we have Quickbooks Pro 2002, Word, Excel, Outlook and Cox internet connection. Or with all the required changes, would we be better off with a new computer? Do we need to look for a particular version of Windows 2000? Some of what I've read talks about upgrading from NT to 2000.

I appreciate any advice you can send my way.

Mack Howard


This question was answered on February 10, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Ok first your best bet is to buy a new machine and have some one.( I.T guy) install all of the nessisary software this will save you alot of time and alot of headaches one mistake and you could be in a large set back If you choose not too, you will need to make a backup of ALL of your information used in your bussiness,make sure you have the software(EDI, sterling.) on disk so you can reinstall it after upgrade uninstall your current OS and install win 2k to make sure win 2k is compatible you will have to check with the manufactors of your software

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