Windows XP Help

Windows XP FAQ - Upgrading

1. What do I need to do before upgrading to Windows XP?

a) Backup your data. You can use your own backup tools but make sure that the backup tool works in Windows XP as well. You can also use the transfer tool directly from the Windows XP CD (see Perform additional tasks) to backup and transfer your documents and settings to another machine. Another alternative is just to burn your documents and settings directly to CD or DVD or copy them to an external storage device such as an external hard disk, USB stick or network storage. The Transfer tool can also be found in Windows. See Accessories, System Tools, File and settings Transfer Wizard or downloaded from Microsoft (also use the newer version for the OS you are upgrading to).


b) Check your Hardware configuration. Make sure that your hardware is up to date and compatible with Windows XP. Some very old hardware may need changing to allow it to work on Windows XP. If there are too many parts to change, then consider buying a new PC with Windows XP instead.

c) Check your Software is compatible. Most recent programs will work, but you should check on the manufacturer's web site to see whether it will work on Windows XP. If unsure about compatibility, run the Upgrade Advisor tool from the Windows XP CD (see 'Check System Compatibility' from the menu). Any incompatible software should be uninstalled at this stage.

d) Check Hard disk space. You need plenty of free disk space to upgrade an existing Windows installation to Windows XP. If you do not have enough disk space, then consider doing a 'clean install' which means erasing your hard disk and install Windows XP on to an empty hard disk.

2. How do I do an Upgrade to Windows XP?

a) Boot your PC and wait for the desktop to appear, if prompted login as well.

b) Insert the Windows XP CD and allow Setup.exe to run. You can upgrade from Windows 98, 98SE or Me to Windows XP Home or Pro. You can only upgrade from Windows 2000 Professional to Windows XP Professional. Select 'Install Windows XP' on the menu


c) After Setup starts, select 'Upgrade (Recommended)' and follow the prompts.


d) If you cannot do an Upgrade, then a New Installation will be available to replace the existing windows installation.

New install

For information beyond this first stage, see these step by step instructions .

3. How do I do a clean install of Windows XP?

a) You will need to boot from the Windows XP CD. Make sure that you change the boot order in the BIOS so that the CD/DVD drive appears first in the list (how this is done differs between Bioses). If you cannot boot from CD or DVD then create a bootable MS-DOS disk with the CD/DVD drivers installed, then boot from the disk and run Setup.exe.

b) After the initial setup, the hard disk partition screen will appear, at this stage you should delete the existing partition(s) and create a new fresh partition to do a clean installation. This will erase all existing programs and data from the hard disk. If you choose to use the existing partitions, then it will overwrite the existing operating system files, but keep program files intact (these programs may need a reinstall after Windows is reinstalled as some settings may be lost).

c) Follow the remaining instructions on screen to complete the install.


d) Login to Windows XP and then install Windows XP SP3 and then browse to or Security updates ISOs to install patches

4. How do I create a DVD with all the patches from SP3 onwards?

You can use the WSUSOffline tool to download and create a CD or DVD with all the patches required.

5. What other updates should I include to make Windows XP up to date?

You should include the following:
* Internet Explorer 8 (x86) or IE8 for x64
* DirectX 9 updates
* Group Policy Preferences Client - x86 and x64.
* LLTD Responder for networking with Vista or later
* .NET Framework 2.0
* .NET Framework 3.5
* Powershell 1.0
* Silverlight
* Windows 2003 Administrative Tools (for XP/2003)
* Security Essentials (may not work if EOL) or AVG
* Windows Script 5.7
* Windows Installer 4.5
* Windows Live Essentials tools
* Windows Media Player 11

6. When does support for Windows XP officially end?

Windows XP SP3 support will end April 8 2014. See this lifecyle fact sheet.