Upgrade to Xp from 98?

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MN_N8VTech

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I think this is a fairly simple question,but important. I need to upgrade a computer from win98 to XP which has some important files on it. When I run the XP disc will I have the option to upgrade and not do a clean install/format and will all the files remain intact when Im finished? Id like to get this going tonight still if possible,so a quick reply would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Yes, at least in theory. I have actually done it.

I do not recommend it for 2 reasons:

A dirty upgrade does not always give a reliable install. (I did a clean install a few days afterwards)

There is ALWAYS a significant risk that the data will be lost, you should never consider it unless it is backed up. (I had a full data backup when I did it)
 

MN_N8VTech

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Ahhh,ok,i guess I was expecting to hear that it would work fine. Thank you,Ill wait till tomorrow then and ask if they have everything backed up first. Thanks again.
 

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Back everything up first. Then it helps to know if the hardware & software configuration are compatible so go to this site and check it out.

http://www.pcpitstop.com/xpready/default.asp XP-READY?

Better to say the Processor type, amount of RAM (512Mb is good, 256Mb will do but 128Mb is a bit too low.) and drive size, as it is better to partition the drive when using NTFS and image the OS drive.

Is the Upgrade XP Home or Pro and does it already have SP2?
 

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Backup what you need to keep and do a clean install formatting with ntfs. You will be happier in the long run since the machine will be more stable. Make sure you have xp drivers for the hardware. If it is an older machine, xp should have native drivers. You might want to download the mfg's drivers anyway since MS drivers are designed for stability; not for performance.

In any case a backup is essential; data that is not backed up is data that you do not care about.
 
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