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Part 4: Appendixes > Before Upgrading to Windows XP

B.1. Before Upgrading to Windows XP

As with the move to any new operating system, there are some software and hardware components that either aren’t compatible with the new version, or must be updated to work with the new version. In the case of Windows XP, any versions of the following products not specifically designed to work with Windows XP must be updated or removed:

  • Antivirus software and disk utility software. Examples include Norton Utilities, Norton SystemWorks, and Norton Antivirus.

  • Tape backup software. Examples include Veritas Backup (all versions) and Seagate Backup Exec. Note that if you back up your system before you upgrade to Windows XP, make sure you’ll be able to read your backup media from within Windows XP as well.

  • CD burner software not designed specifically for Windows XP may interfere with the built-in CD burner features in Windows XP, or may stop functioning because of said features. Examples include Roxio Easy CD Creator (Versions 5.0 and earlier) and Adaptec DirectCD.

  • Any software that works with settings specific to any single version of Windows, such as Microsoft TweakUI (Versions 1.33 and earlier). See Appendix D for details.

  • Games, especially the more graphic-intensive and 3D-accelerated ones, frequently have problems with newer versions of Windows, particularly those based on Windows NT (such as Windows 2000, and, yes, Windows XP). You’ll need to contact the manufacturers of each game for any patches, updates, or special settings required for their games to run on Windows XP.

  • Any software that requires you to boot directly into DOS will not function on a Windows XP system, as DOS is no longer part of the operating system. Furthermore, many older DOS programs (including games) may not function from within Windows XP. If you rely on such software, you may need to set up a dual-boot system (discussed in Appendix A).

  • Drivers and accompanying software for any of the less-common peripherals, such as webcams, TV and radio cards, video capture devices, audio cards, flash memory readers, scanners, input devices, synchronization cradles for handheld computers, oddball printers, CD changers, DVD decoders, SCSI cards, and older network hardware and software.



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