Windows® Me Upgrade to Windows® XP
Upgrading a computer from Windows® Me to Windows® XP
Windows® Me or Windows® Millennium Edition is a graphical operating system developed by Microsoft®. It is the version developed after Windows® 98. It features Windows® Image Acquisition, Windows® Movie Maker, Windows Media® Player 7 and Windows® DVD player. Both Windows® Me and Windows® XP look similar but they are developed in two different platforms. Windows® Me is based on 16 bit DOS® platform, whereas Windows® XP is based on 32bit NT platform. When you upgrade Windows® Me to Windows® XP, the OS moves your documents to a back up location and performs a clean install. Then after installing the new Operating system, it moves the back up copy to the correct location. This is why upgrading requires more storage space. By upgrading Windows® Me, you can run all type of latest applications.
Things to be done before upgrading Windows® Me to Windows® XP are:
- System requirements
- Windows® XP Upgrade Advisor
- Quit running programs
- Check file system
Windows® XP includes more features than Windows® Me. So a system with high processing power is required to install Windows® XP. Before trying to install Windows® XP, check whether your system have a minimum processing speed of 300 MHZ. your system must have 128 MB of RAM and 1.5 GB of hard disk space. VGA, CD/DVD drive is also required.
Windows® XP Upgrade Advisor
Before upgrading Windows® ME, run Windows® XP Upgrade Advisor. It checks the current status of your system and checks whether there is any hardware or software compatibility issues. It checks whether your system supports Windows® XP. It also checks the existing programs and the hardware devices.
Before upgrading, quit all the programs that are currently running. By doing so you could avoid all the potential issues with services and programs. To see the list of currently executing programs, you can click ‘CTRL+ALT+DEL’. Then you can close all the programs.
Windows® Me supports only FAT16 and FAT32 file systems. But Windows® XP supports FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS file systems. NTFS adds security and support for encryption. So while upgrading, specify the file system that you need. If you prompt NTFS during Windows® XP set up, you could return back to FAT16 or FAT32.