How To Migrate Windows 98 Applications to Windows XP

If you are running Windows 98 and considering upgrading to Windows XP, there are some things you need to accomplish before doing so. The following lists the steps on how you prepare your system to migrate from Windows 98 to Windows XP without any hiccups.

1. Make sure your hardware meets Windows XP’s minimum requirements.

  • Processor should have at least a minimum of 300 MHz clock speed.
  • CD/DVD drive
  • S-VGA adapter with a minimum of 800x600 screen resolution.
  • At least a free hard drive space of 1.5 GB.
  • 128 MB of RAM.
  • Mouse (or similar pointing device) and Keyboard.

2. Use Windows XP Upgrade Advisor to check which hardware you need to upgrade.
Log on to the Internet, open your Web browser and type in the following Web address: This is where you will be able to download XP’s Upgrade Advisor. When your download finishes, install and run the application. Take note of the hardware needing replacement and go to your local computer parts store to buy the upgrades.

3. Run “ScanDisk” to make sure that your local hard drive is healthy.
Before you can upgrade to Windows XP, you need to scan your hard drive for errors. ScanDisk will help you repair the errors found and will make the upgrade seamless. If your skip this step and upgraded to XP, the setup could encounter issues such as file-copy errors that would surely make the upgrade take longer than necessary. You can launch ScanDisk doing the following steps.

  • Hit “Start”
  • Highlight “Programs”
  • Highlight “Accessories”
  • Highlight “System Tools”
  • Double click on “Scan Disk”

4. Launch Disk Defragmenter and defrag your local hard drive.
Disk Defragmenter will reorganize and consolidate fragmented data on your local hard drive. Here are the steps on how to run Disk Defragmenter.

  • Hit “Start”
  • Highlight “Programs”
  • Highlight “Accessories”
  • Highlight “System Tools”
  • Double click on “Disk Defragmenter”

5. Uncompress your local hard drive.
If your local hard drive uses a different file system from NTFS and FAT, you will need to uncompress it. You will not be able to access the data stored on that hard drive because XP only supports NTFS and FAT file systems. Use a third party drive compression application like DriveSpace and uncompress it to NTFS.

6. Delete the stored temporary files on your system.
It is not really an issue whether you remove the temp files or not prior to upgrading, but the less files you have on your local hard drive, the easier for the upgrade to finish. The following lists the step on how to accomplish this task.

  • Hit “Start”
  • Highlight “Programs”
  • Highlight “Accessories”
  • Highlight “System Tools
  • Double click on “Disk Cleanup”.
  • Tick the boxes for “Temporary Internet Files”, “Recycle Bin” and “Temporary Files” and hit “OK”.

When you’re done with the above steps, insert your Windows XP installer on your CD/DVD drive and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the upgrade setup.


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