Upgrade Windows® 98 to Windows® XP®
What is the need to upgrade Windows 98 to Windows XP?
The Windows XP Operating System can be used on personal computers, including home and office desktops, laptops, and media centers. Windows XP includes a lot of additional features than its predecessors Windows 98 and Windows 2000 versions. To aid the user with accessing wide range of regular destinations more easily from a single location, the Start menu feature was expanded in Windows XP. Microsoft launched a vibrant ‘Search assistant’ to make searching more winning and friendly. The ability to boot in 30 seconds was a very important feature of Windows XP over Windows 98. The quick Logon Optimization attribute performs asynchronous logon with no waiting for the network to be fully initialized if roaming user profiles are not set-up. Windows 98 Operating System is not compatible with today’s available software applications. It has limited memory protection and no resource tracking, making it prone to crashes.
Following are the important points related to upgrading of Windows 98 to Windows XP:
- System requirements
Today's computers really don't get the best out of Windows 98. The most credible reason to go for upgradation is to meet the user’s demanding needs. Upgrading your older version of Windows 98 to Windows XP is in fact more complicated than installing a new version of the Operating System. The Windows 98 Operating System takes a long time to boot up and it is not compatible with most of the applications software available today.
If the user wishes to upgrade his system from Windows 98 to Windows XP, the first thing to do is to verify whether the system meets the system requirements for the new Operating System or not. The computer must have a 233 MHz processor, 128MB of system memory, 1.5 GB of free hard drive space and a CD-Rom or CD/RW drive. Windows XP Professional edition software is supported by both single-CPU and dual-CPU computers, but Windows XP Home Edition only supports single-CPU computers. So the users may decide which Windows XP edition is compatible with their PC.
Before performing the upgradation, the user must backup all the necessary documents in his computer to any media other than the system hard disk. During the installation of a fresh Operating System there are many files that will be copied to the hard disk and it is best to have them copied onto the system hard disk that are continuous and not fragmented. So the user must defragment the system hard disk before starting the upgradation. Reboot the system to begin the installation process and insert the installation CD into the CD drive and simply follow the on-screen instructions.