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Q.  My PC currently runs on Windows 98 so I would like to change the operating system to Windows XP but am no sure how to do it. Do I have to uninstall Windows 98 before I proceed with Windows XP? Or do I just reformat my PC with XP? I don't want to lose all my files in the process so will it help if I made backup copies and kept it in the 2nd partitioned drive?

A.  You can purchase an upgrade version of Windows XP, which is cheaper than a full installation, although you will need to confirm that you can upgrade to XP from Windows 98, but I think you can.  If you do the upgrade then you will not have to worry about losing files during the install. You will also need to confirm that your machine is compatible with Windows XP.  PC Pitstop is an online service available for free at www.PCPitstop.com and it does some tests to help figure out if anything is wrong with your machine.  After going through PC Pitstop's battery of tests, they will tell you if you are "XP Ready".  One more thing to know about the upgrade installation is that it will ask you to put in the Windows 98 installation disks/CD, to confirm that you have a legal copy of the software, so make sure that your Windows 98 installation media is available.

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