Before you upgrade, you should shut down all running programs,
especially anti-virus software, as their operation could interfere with the
upgrade process. To do this, exit any programs present in the system tray
(bottom right hand side of the screen on the task bar), as well as any programs
you currently have running on the desktop.
Record network information
If your system is connected to a home or business network, you may need to make a note
of its current network settings so that you can recreate them if necessary after the
upgrade. To do this:
For Windows 98/ME computers, right click the 'network neighborhood' icon on
the desktop. You will see a window with the title 'the following network
components are installed.' The second entry in the list should be your network
adaptor. It will be fairly self-evident, starting with a brand name (Dlink,
3COM, Realtek, SMC etc.) and generally containing the words 'Ethernet adaptor'
or 'NIC' (Network Interface Card). It's possible that the network card might not
actually end up as the second entry on the list, but look for the keywords
mentioned above and you'll be fine. It will always be near the top of the list
anyhow. If you have two network adaptors in one of your systems, you will have
two adaptors present in this window.
Scroll down to the entry or entries (you should do this for each individual
network adaptor installed in your computer) marked TCP/IP ->
(yournetworkcardname) and select 'properties'.
Make a note of any specific IP address, subnet mask and default gateway
settings. If the adaptor is set to 'receive an IP address automatically' you
don't need to record anything further.
Turn off Power Management Settings
As the upgrade installation of Windows XP takes place
partially within your old Windows environment, it is important to turn off any
power saving features that may be set on your system. Otherwise, they may enable
during the upgrade and cause the
installation to abort.
To do this:
'start\settings\control panel' and select 'power management.' Set 'Turn off
monitor' to 'Never.'
Set 'Turn off hard disks' to
Never' and set 'System
standby' to Never.'
Things to consider when upgrading
There are two important things to consider when making the decision to
upgrade to Windows XP. First of all, device drivers (the software that allows
Windows to use the hardware installed in your system) do not migrate from
earlier versions of Windows to XP. This means that the drivers either need to be
already supported by Windows XP (The XP CD contains drivers for a large variety
of recent and older hardware) or you need to discover if XP drivers for your
hardware devices are available from the manufacturer. Secondly, you need to make
sure your major software programs are compatible with XP and will work after the
Checking your hardware for compatibility is generally a straightforward
process except in the case of discontinued unique products like laptop
computers, or devices made by companies who have since gone out of business.