I installed wordpress directly from my server’s control pannel, which was version 2.3.1 of WP. After logging into the admin section I found that there was a critical update WP and I would have to upgrade to the newest version. My normal experience with web software upgrades have been very painful in the past and I thought this was going to be another one of those scenarios… I decided to back up all my data first, then over-rite all my files.
To my surprise, the only thing I had to do was upload the new files. I didn’t even have to run the install.php file! I’m amazed to say the least.