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Before You Upgrade...

So, you’re thinking of upgrading to Windows XP but haven’t done so yet? Congratulations. The smartest thing you can do before upgrading is to figure out whether any of your currently installed software or hardware will cause problems or fail to work under Windows XP. You’ll be much better off if you find out about any potential problems in advance rather than discovering after the upgrade is complete that your favorite program crashes when you start it or that your expensive scanner no longer works!

Will Your Software and Hardware Work with Windows XP?

If you have the Windows XP CD, you can use the Upgrade Advisor to check your computer for potential problems. This handy compatibility-checking program normally runs as the first step in the process of upgrading to Windows XP, but you can use it all by itself, too. It works with almost any version of Windows, including Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, and Windows 2000. Here’s how to use it:


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