Can XP retail edition be used as an upgrade for windows 98

By wizardtres
Dec 31, 2006
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  1. Recently my computer's PSU took a dive and burned out the mobo, possibly more damage has happened I don't know yet. I have an older computer than has windows 98 OS in it, it is an IBM that just has the Restore disk. It is capable of running windows XP. I have an XP retail home version that was used in the computer that just died. Is it possible to use the XP retail version to Upgrade the windows 98 computer. I really don't want to a complete new install because I do have files and games that I would like to keep from the IBM computer.
  2. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    As long as you meet the minimum sytem requirements, then yes. Here are the requirements (they are very low) copied from Microsoft;

    PC with 300 megahertz (MHz) or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233-MHz minimum required;* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended

    • 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)

    • 1.5 gigabyte (GB) of available hard disk space.*

    • Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher resolution video adapter and monitor

    • CD-ROM or DVD drive

    • Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device


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    Additional Items or Services Required to Use Certain Windows XP Features
    • For Internet access:

    • Some Internet functionality may require Internet access, a Microsoft. NET Passport account, and payment of a separate fee to a service provider; local and/or long-distance telephone toll charges may apply

    • 14.4 Kbps or higher-speed modem


    • For networking:

    • Network adapter appropriate for the type of local-area, wide-area, wireless, or home network you wish to connect to, and access to an appropriate network infrastructure; access to third-party networks may require additional charges


    • For instant messaging, voice and video conferencing, and application sharing, both parties need:

    • Microsoft .NET Passport account and Internet access


    • For voice and video conferencing, both parties also need:

    • 33.6 Kbps or higher-speed modem, or a network connection

    • Microphone and sound card with speakers or headset


    • For video conferencing, both parties also need:

    • Video conferencing camera

    • Windows XP


    • For application sharing, both parties also need:

    • 33.6 Kbps or higher-speed modem, or a network connection

    • Windows XP


    • For remote assistance:

    • Both parties must be running Windows XP and be connected by a network


    • For sound:

    • Sound card and speakers or headphones


    • For DVD video playback:

    • DVD drive and DVD decoder card or DVD decoder software

    • 8 MB of video RAM


    • For Windows Movie Maker:

    • Video capture feature requires appropriate digital or analog video capture device

    • 400-MHz or higher processor for digital video camera capture



    * Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install. Additional available hard-disk space may be required if you are installing over a network.
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