What do I need to
upgrade to Windows XP?
do I need to upgrade to Windows XP?
First the minimum hardware requirements (these have been
updated lately to comply with various security upgrades). The processor can be any Intel
Pentium or Celeron family or any AMD K6, Athlon or Duron family. But it
must have a minimum 300MHz processor. You
will need at least 128MB of RAM memory. A minimum of 256MB is highly recommended
for regular use and 512MB if you do a lot of new-style gaming or video. You need 1.5GB available hard
disk space. You need a VGA monitor, preferably with at least 800x600
resolution. Finally, you need a CD-ROM player, a keyboard and a mouse. If
any of these requirements are not met, the software will
Next comes the software. Windows XP does NOT upgrade from Windows 95,
3.1 or DOS. You need Windows 98se, Windows ME, Windows 2000 or Windows NT
4.0 to upgrade to Windows XP Home
or Pro edition. If you are running
Windows 95, Windows 3.1 or DOS, you will need to install the full version
of Windows XP onto a new hard drive or upgrade to Windows 98se first (at a
cost of $98 if you can find a copy).
By the way, while most stores promote Windows XP Professional,
home users with one computer at home may never need the added server and management solutions that
are absent in the Home edition. The actual Windows program is the same in