3)Here's the shocker: remove any AOL setup software on your machine from the factory or any version before version 6.0.
WIN98SE came with AOL 4.0 and ME came with 5.0 Setup.
Check in control panel, if that is there, remove it.
Otherwise the 3 things above will cause a irq_less_than whatever type error or a halt/stall in the upgrade.
Go get the 6 boot floppies and try installing from those... that's been a fix for some folks.
Personally, I like to install from my hard drive. I copy the i386 folder (and all subfolders) to my 'storage' partition and run winnt.exe (for a 'dos' based install) or winnt32.exe (for a 'windows' based install/re-install).
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS