Windows® ME Upgrade to XP
What are the guidelines to upgrade from Windows® ME to Windows® XP?
After the launch of Windows® XP, the interactive and friendly user interface and enhanced features made many users who were working on the ME platform upgrade to Windows® XP. However, there are few guidelines that one has to stick to upgrade from Windows® ME to Windows® XP.
Here we will talk about the different guidelines to stick to upgrading Windows® ME to Windows® XP.
- Check the file system
- Run ‘Scandisk,’ disk defragmenter and upgrade advisor
- Follow step-by-step installation
Check the file system
Windows® ME supports the FAT16 and FAT32 file systems, however, Windows® XP supports FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS. The new technology file system adds enhanced encryption and security to the file system. However, Windows® ME does not support NTFS. Thus before the formatting of the hard disk is done to NTFS it must be ensured that the downgrade of the operating system cannot be made in Windows® ME as the file system would not support it. It is possible to convert FAT and FAT 32 to NTFS by following commands, but the other way round is not possible.
Run ‘Scandisk,’ disk defragmenter and upgrade advisor
The upgrade of the operating system to Windows® XP may cause damage to the file system and therefore disk defragmenter must be run, check ‘Scandisk’ as well. Running the upgrade advisor helps in knowing which all drivers and software would be required so that you have the list of drivers already loaded from the Internet beforehand.
Put in the Windows® XP CD in the CD drive and change the BIOS to boot from the CD drive. Select Install Windows® XP from the main screen. An installation window would appear asking for upgrade. Select the upgrade option. Clean install is always a better option to format the hard disk so that no files from the past exist on the hard disk drive. The license agreement would appear. Accept the agreement and the upgrade advisor would bring in a report. Make a note of the hardware or software issue that may come in. Update the set up files from the Internet if required and the set up would begin. The files from CD would be copied to the hard disk and the system would boot.