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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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Windows XP will now begin the install procedure

Once it has finished installing WinXP, create a new user when prompted. Note that this user has administrative privileges just like the built-in administrator account. As soon as possible you need to add a secure password to this account too. See below for more information.

After a successful upgrade

Assuming your upgrade was successful, and you are now booting into Windows XP for the first time, congratulations! For an easy guide to getting started with Windows XP, read the later pages of our guide to installing that operating system here. Once you have created a username and password and have booted fully into Windows XP, your first step should be to install any hardware drivers that you downloaded before the upgrade.

If you want to check what device drivers you might need to locate, view the device manager by right clicking on 'my computer' and selecting 'manage' then selecting 'device manager.'

Devices with yellow exclamation points need drivers or are not functioning properly. Once you have all necessary device drivers, your next step should be to update and secure your PC.

Windows XP is a paradox in that it is both more secure and less secure than Windows 98 and previous operating systems. It is more secure in that XP passwords and usernames will effectively prevent anyone who does not have the proper credentials from seeing your data. It is much less secure in that anyone who does obtain your username and password will have practically unlimited access to your entire computer, even over the Internet.

There are several steps you can take to secure your computer from unwanted access, spyware and virus infestations. Rather than list them all here, consult our east 10-step guide to securing a Windows XP computer. Follow the guide for a secure PC. The Internet is a dangerous place for an unprotected computer.

Finally, you will need to activate your copy of XP over the phone or Internet. Follow the onscreen prompts to do so. For more information on product activation with XP, see our article here.

Troubleshooting Tips

There are a variety of issues that you might run into while upgrading to Windows XP, too many to cover here. Fortunately, Microsoft has a considerable store of resources on the subject (as you might imagine) and you can probably find the help you need from them. Here's a link to get you started.

This site also has a convenient list of many known issues with upgrades to Windows XP, so you might want to start your search here.

If you are experiencing blue screens or other crashes that are preventing you from installing or using XP correctly, you can try our guides on troubleshooting BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) errors and using the Windows Safe Mode to repair Windows errors.

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- Windows XP Service Pack 2
- Firewall Setup and Configuration
-Eliminating Spyware and Hijacker Software
- Diagnosing Bad Memory
- 101 Tips and Tweaks for WindowsXP
- Burning CDs and DVDs
- Optical Drives & Recording Formats
- Securing Your Wireless Network
- Little Known Features of WindowsXP
- Ergonomics & Computers
- Annual PC Checkup
- Installing WindowsXP
- Encryption and Online Privacy
- Home Networking and File Sharing
- Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods
- Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
- Creating a Weblog / Blog
- Installing RAID on Desktop PCs
- RAM, Memory and Upgrading
- Ten Steps to a Secure PC
- Flashing A Motherboard BIOS
- Windows XP Safe Mode Explained
- The Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
- Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives
- Decrypting Document & Zipped File Passwords
- Spyware protection and Removal
- Wireless home networking
- Internet Connection Sharing
- Remote Access to Computers
- Hard Drive Data Recovery
- Firewalls and Internet Security
- Back up and Restore Data in WinXP
- Assembling Your Own PC
- VPNs and Internet Connection Security
- Legally Copying Software and Music
- Setting up a FTP Server in WinXP
- Creating MP3 Music Files
- Stopping Spam
- Cloning WindowsXP
- Browser Hijacking and How to Stop It
- Printer Sharing on a Home Network
- Converting Videotape Into Video Files
- Creating a WindowsXP Install CD with Service Pack 2
- Creating a Flashing a Video Card BIOS
- Making DVD Movies from Video Files
- Synchronizing Files and Folders
- Crash Recovery and the Blue Screen of Death

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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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