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Beginners Guides: Upgrading Win98 to Windows XP

Beginners Guides: Upgrading Win98 to Windows XP - PCSTATS
Abstract: We will cover your upgrading options, changes you can make to ensure the upgrade goes smoothly and how to troubleshoot any problems that might occur.
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External Mfg. Website: PCstats Oct 08 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Choosing an upgrade version

There are two major desktop versions of the Windows XP operating system, Home and Professional. The two versions look and function identically, but there are some major differences under the surface:

  • Like Windows 9x/Me machines, Windows XP Home computers can't become members of Windows domains. This makes Home less than useful for large business environments.
  • WinXP Home lacks the Remote desktop feature found in WinXP Pro, which enables a single user to remotely connect to the WinXP Pro machine across a network or the Internet using client software that can be installed on just about any Operating system.
  • WinXP Home does not have the ability to encrypt files.
  • WinXP Home does not have the capability to restrict access to specific files, programs and resources on a per-user basis. An administrator of an Windows XP Professional computer can specify exactly which files and folders each user has access to, a level of control which is not possible in WinXP home edition.
  • WinXP Home does not include Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS) as Professional does, and thus cannot be used to publish web pages without a separate program.

The version of Windows XP (Home or Professional) you can upgrade to depends on what version of Windows you are currently using. As we mentioned, you cannot upgrade to XP if you are using Windows 95 or earlier versions of the operating system.

If you are using Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition or Windows ME you can upgrade to either the Home or Professional versions of XP. If you are using Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 you can only upgrade to Windows XP Professional.

The Upgrading Process

Now that you have decided your course of action and purchased the correct update version of Windows XP, let's have a look at the actual procedures involved in upgrading your PC. There are several steps you should take before you perform the actual update. These help ensure that the procedure goes as smoothly as possible:

Backup Essential Data

First and foremost, you need to ensure that your essential data is preserved. This means backup any crucial files and folders that you cannot afford to lose. Ideally, store this data on removable media like floppy disks or CD-Rs. Another excellent option would be copying the data onto a separate physical hard drive. While these precautions are probably will not be necessary, no kind of operation better illustrates the 'better safe than sorry' principal than operating system installations, patches and upgrades. If you need some guidance on file backups, see our article on the subject here.

Once you've got your data archived, you can proceed without worry, or at least without much worry.

Scan for Viruses and Adware

You should make sure your computer is free from viruses and spyware/adware threats before upgrading, otherwise these could have unpredictable effects on the process. Update and run anti-virus software and a reputable anti-spyware checker like Ad-Aware or Spybot S&D.

Once your PC has a clean bill of health, disable any auto-running components that your virus scanner may use, such as Norton's 'auto-protect.'

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Contents of Article: PCstats
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Upgrading Win98 to Windows XP
 Pg 2.  — Choosing an upgrade version
 Pg 3.  Disable Running Programs
 Pg 4.  Upgrade Advisor
 Pg 5.  Performing the upgrade
 Pg 6.  Windows XP will now begin the install procedure

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