June 16, 2006Anyone ever upgraded their Microsoft Windows ME, or 98 to an XP? If so, any complications or problems?
June 16, 2006I have done many. There are a few things you should consider. If the computer is old enough to have win98, it probably isn't powerful enough to adequately run XP. XP is a memory hog. IMO, 512 megs of ram is a minimum. Also, it will be pretty slow if it isn't in excess of PIII 800 MHz. If your PC doesn't meet the requirements of XP, your already slow pc is going to be MUCH slower. Now that leads to the next question .... should you upgrade the RAM. After spending money on Ram and the Windows XP upgrade and then not being happy with the already slow and old PC is just throwing good money after bad, In my opinion. Save the money on all the upgrades and add a couple more bucks to it and get a new PC that already has XP on it and 512M Ram as well as a P4 2.x Ghz processor.
There are other problems with performing the upgrade installation as well like already installed program compatibility. The savings in headache alone will be worth the price of a new PC.
BTW, I am a network engineer and deal with this stuff everyday.
Good luck with which ever you choose.
August 10, 2006XP requires a minimum of 768 megs ram to even think about running right..if you have ME on a Hdd...throw it away.You want at least a 2200 mhz CPU.You,d be better off waitng a bit for VISTA anyway..XP,s bogged down bigtime with superfluous updates etc....imo.(btw)..i build custom puters as a sideline...get the best Vid card you can afford.
August 11, 2006
I agree with these guys, save the software $$$ and get a new computer. If you are running 98 on an old computer still you were obsolete about 8 years ago! The new computers these days are shipped with things standard that werent even invented when 98 came out! Dell has some very reasonable "starter" pc's with XP on them that you can pick up for almost what you will spend on the upgrades you will need to run XP on an old box. Check them out on line at Dell website. $300 to $400 bucks for a decent computer to use at home for beginners who dont need a lot of performance for work and such. I work on my network from home so mine is a little more than standard but Dell has good equipment.
August 12, 2006Since the Windows package cost upwards of $170 it is a more reasonable thing to buy a new computer with it in it for less than $500. I have been to Office Depot and I highly recommend that you go to a reputable place like this that is close by your home. Much easier to get any sort of problem resolved.
August 12, 2006I agree too! Springer said it best. Brea the emotional ties to the old PC and get a new one with XP installed and the right hardware.
August 12, 2006Triplate, I'll be damned, you ARE a man of many talents.