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Can I upgrade a WIN ME system to WIN XP ?

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by TheChas In reply to Upgrade

Both Windows 98 and Windows Me qualify for the upgrade version of XP.

So long as you have your CD, you can wipe your hard drive, and perform a clean install of XP (recommended)
Or, upgrade Me to XP.

Before rushing out to get XP, make sure that your software and hardware are fully supported.
There is an XP readiness test posted at
http://www.pcpitstop.com/xpready/default.asp
This will search your hardware and software for XP issues.

Hardware with XP issues includes some models of the following:
Modems
Sound cards (Aureal Vortex based)
Video cards (3dfx for 1)
Printers (older Cannon and HP's)
Scanners (many parallel port scanners)
Media Readers

Software issues include:
Easy CD Creator (prior to version 5)
Power DVD (prior to version 4)

An additional way to check your system, is to go to each manufactures web site, and see if there are XP patches or drivers.

I would also factor in increasing your installed RAM.
I consider 256MB to be the 'functional' minimum for XP.
(my XP box has 768MB in it)

Chas

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by biffis007 In reply to Upgrade

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by HereInOz In reply to Upgrade

I agree with everything Chas says.

Also, don't forget that some installed software that is XP compatible, but is installed on Windows ME, may not work after you upgrade to XP, and may need to be re-installed. No Biggy, but it can be a bit disconcerting the first time it happens.

Spot on with the memory - minimun 256Mb. It works with 128 but don't try to do too much, as most of that 128 goes to the OS.

Also you will need a processor of at least (and I mean very least) 500MHz. Anything slower than that will really suffer, and in my opinion XP really doesn't start to work in a timely fashion until you have 800MHz plus as a processor speed

Also 32Mb or more of video RAM doesn't go astray.

Cheers.
Alan

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