it would be easier in many ways if you formatted and started fresh with the XP pro. if you can’t, look over your system very carefully. older versions of programs can give lots of trouble. uninstall anything you can that might give problems. especially cd-burner software, anti-virus, firewall, norton utilities…and download and have on cd’s or diskettes the latest drivers for: video, printer, sound, network card, camera, sound, scanner, any other devices. be prepared to purchase or download upgrades for any programs you can…
then do your upgrade and tackle any problems that crop up one at a time. look up error messages on mskb at http://www.support.com. good luck.
1- Install Windows Professional XP right over Windows ME as an upgrade, and all of your Operating System files will be updated. This is the best way if you have files on your computer that you do not want to lose …. such as other programs or data files.
2- If you have nothing to lose .. You can reformat your hard drive, either manually, or with 3rd party software, then perform a clean install of Windows XP Pro
3- or … you can put in your Windows XP Professional CD, and when it asks if you want to do an upgrade or a new install…. choose new install. This too, should only be done if you have nothing to lose. If you have any files or programs that you want preserved, then do not do this.
BACKUP EVERYTHING ON CD-ROM
Remember that many older programs and games will not run on XP.
Then do any of the above BUT ALWAYS BACKUP EVERYTHING FIRST.
Been there done that and went back to 98se.