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Chapter 2. Before You Install or Upgrade > Should You Upgrade or Install?

Should You Upgrade or Install?

This decision can be simple or complicated. When you upgrade to Windows XP, your currently installed applications should still be available for use after the upgrade is complete, assuming that the applications will run under Windows XP. During an upgrade, Windows XP will replace Windows files from previous operating system installations but should preserve your current settings for operating system components and your applications. For many users on a typical network, an upgrade is the most logical way to go. You won't have to first install the operating system and then undergo the tedious process of reinstalling every application from scratch once the installation is done.

However, if you have been using your computer for a long time, have had problems with some applications or the operating system, or have had to patch things here and there, it might be easier to just do a clean install and then reinstall the applications you need. For example, suppose that you have several important applications you use on a frequent basis, some that you never use, and a lot of others that you just installed so you could try them out. In this case a fresh, clean install can get rid of these applications you no longer use and you can simply install the few that you do currently need.


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