--- Additional Resource --- Question: Do I have hardware that will work with Windows XP? If you’re running the minimum 233-MHz Intel or AMD compatible processor, 64-MB RAM, 1.5 GB of free disk space, Super VGA (800x600) video adapter and monitor, and Microsoft-compatible keyboard and pointing device, you aren’t going to be happy with Windows XP.
Nor will you be able to enjoy all the features that XP offers.
Save or print the results after the advisor finishes.
If you don’t have a copy of Windows XP, borrow the CD from a friend and pop it into your CD drive.
Close the screen if auto run launches and open Run from the Start Menu.
If you’re still on Win95 or anything earlier, stop reading now. For Win 98, 98SE, and Me users, you can upgrade to either XP Home or Professional versions.
Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and XP Home users can upgrade to XP Professional but not to XP Home.
Preparation is the best chance you have when upgrading.
Here are a few questions you should be asking before you insert that Windows XP CD.
Even though it's a 35MB download, if you don't have access to a Windows XP CD it is well worth the time to download a copy before making your final upgrade decision.
Question: Do I have software that will work with Windows XP?
Question: Can the current operating system be upgraded to Windows XP?
Answer: Just because you have Windows already installed it doesn’t mean you have a clear upgrade path to XP.
The most meticulous of users can’t guard against all the stray files, drivers, and registry entries that creep into a system through normal use. Far too often I’ve heard an operating system badmouthed as being an unstable nightmare when the fault is with the upgrade process.