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bluebunny

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Hello I'm New!
I got my pc in 1999. I have Windows 98. Should I upgrade to Windows XP?
Would my pc run ok with this or is it too old to work well with WinXP? Also, if I went to WinXP would I lose all my stuff in Win98?
 
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No offence 700 but I wouldn't rely too much on this test...in fairness they do say the tests are not exhaustive... :p

I ran this test before buying XP...I have Windows 98...the results told me everything was ok and I should be able to install and use XP with only the following problem....

Software. Sort of Ready. The following software has possible or known incompatibilities with Windows XP. (Please note: our software tests are not exhaustive, and you may encounter other incompatibilities.)
Problem Applications
Adaptec Easy CD Creator...

I thought ok that's easy enough...went ahead...and bought XP...once I had the disc I ran the test that comes on the XP CD...there were a load of things that didn't work properly and apart from no sound some of the results are below...needless to say...for the moment I am staying with 98.... :(

Hardware Compatibility Issues
Setup has found hardware on your computer that is incompatible with (that is, it does not work with) Windows XP.

Hardware That Might Need Additional Files
The following hardware might need additional files in order to work with Windows XP. Contact your hardware vendors to obtain Windows XP compatible updates. In many cases, if a Windows XP version is not yet available, a Windows 2000 compatible update should work. It is recommended that you obtain these drivers in advance...

Modem
Rockwell HCF 56K Data Fax PCI Modem
Other devices
Rockwell PCI Modem EnumeratorPrinter
Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 950C
Sound, video and game controllers
Riptide PCI Audio Legacy Resources
Riptide Virtual Gameport

Software That Does Not Support Windows XP
Setup has found programs on your computer that are incompatible with (that is, they do not work with) Windows XP. Contact your software vendors to obtain updates or Windows XP-compatible versions. If you don't update these programs before you upgrade, the programs will not work after the upgrade is completed.

Easy CD Creator

Before you upgrade to Windows XP, you should remove any incompatible programs if you can. After the upgrade, uninstall for these programs might not work. Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel can help you uninstall most programs. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then click Add/Remove Programs.
DirectCD
DirectCD has a known compatibility issue with this version of Windows and might not run as expected. Drivers installed by this program might cause system instability, including problems with Shut Down/Restart and the inability to use a DVD drive. For more information, contact Roxio, Inc..

Software That Must Be Reinstalled

The following programs need to be reinstalled after the upgrade, because they use different files and settings in Windows XP.
QuickLink III

Settings That Will Not Be Upgraded
Some of your settings will not be upgraded, because they aren't applicable in Windows XP.
Network Connection Protocol
NetBEUI
Support for the NETBEUI protocol is not available in Windows XP. For networks using NETBEUI, install TCP/IP on all machines or devices to maintain network connectivity.

Incompatible Hardware Accessories
The following programs support your computer hardware; however, they are incompatible with Windows XP. To see whether updated versions of these programs are available, visit your hardware manufacturer's Web site.
Keyboard Manager (on the Start menu)

Software That Might Not Support Windows XP
Setup cannot determine if the following programs are compatible with Windows XP. AVG Control Center (a startup program)
Pop-Up Stopper Free Edition (a startup program)

General InformationOther Upgrade Information
DVD Movie Player
Windows detected a DVD movie player or decoder that may be incompatible. You may have to upgrade the decoder after setup completes.

And so on And so on.... :eek:

There is a compatability test on the M/S site....I should have taken the time to download and use.... :mad:
 

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Bluebunny:

What is the speed of the CPU and how much RAM is installed? If it's not at least a Pentium-class 800 MHz and doesn't have at least 256 MB of RAM, stick with Windows 98.

If Windows 98 is doing okay for you, don't upgrade to Windows XP just because it's a newer version. You risk having hardware and software conflicts on a 5-year old computer.
 
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Chalky! In case you need it, one day, there IS a driver for the Rockwell HCF 56K Data Fax PCI Modem. You need one for a "Best data data fax modem" (The double "data" is correct.) I use it, myself, and it's fine.

http://www.modem-drivers.com/drivers/52/52839.htm

The password, as everyone knows, is "drivers" and "all", in that order.
 
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:) (y) even HP or the support line people couldn't tell me where to get one from so you really came up trumps there...I'll tuck that away somewhere...safe... :D
 

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I had a minimum of conflicts updating to XP , but probably not everyones case....thanks for the heads up chalky . (y)
 
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I have a PII 350Mhz w/ 128mb RAM and win XP runs better than any other os and I've had 95, 98, 2000, and ME. Not only is it faster and waaaaay more stable but it (combined with the internet) has a driver for everything I've ever had problems finding drivers for. I have something like 10 lan cards now from win ME days when I could never even find ONE that was compatible.

A tip to keep your old files:

If you buy a new hard drive (even a small one like 4-6GB for an OS) Then you can make your old hdd d: and install XP on your new c:. One of the beautiful things about XP is the ability to work programs w/o even installing them. You'll have to reinstall ms office but all your documents will still be saved. And all your games with saved games should still work.

I just upgraded a 1998 HP pIII 600 128 to xp and did just that with the hard drives. My only problem now is I have to find a dvd decoder. Everything else worked seemlessly. Oh yeah and don't forget to update all your video drivers after installing a new os because the drivers on the XP cd are just a little outdated for video cards.

And if everything doesn't work out for you as planned you can always make your d: your c: again and your back to the same old pc.
 

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Jnoble:

As memory-hungry as Windows XP is, it's hard to believe that your computer is running faster with it installed and with only a 350 MHz processor and 128 MB of RAM.:confused: Either the gods are with you or you're having some extraordinary luck.:rolleyes:
 
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Oh it's not luck my friend I just run my system Cleeean. No BS. Just win XP the games I want. FFDshow for video and sound codecs. Zone alarm firewall doesn't seem to slow my system at all. the only thing that slows me down at all is my norton auto-av but I only use that when d/ling.

Most p4's don't have sh on my sys. I keep it just as fast as I need it. Soon I'll be upgrading to a pIII so I can run games like postal 2 a little smoother. Although Splinter Cell runs smoother than on a PS/2 right now.

I'm 100% self-learned and have years @ hours per day of guessing and checking as well as lots of hardware and 3 pIIs to go back and forth between to keep everything top notch and never stop learning.

And maybe the gods are with me lately that's why I've been trying to spread my knowledge.
 
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