should I upgrade windows 98 to XP

By wizardtres
Jan 4, 2007
  1. My computer has windows 98, 40 gb HD 256 MB RAM, 64 MB video card. It runs fine but I was wondering if I upgrade to windows XP will it slow down its performance and if it does, does it compensate for the stability that XP offers.

    I forgot to say that it has an AMD 450 MHz processor.
  2. mikescorpio81

    mikescorpio81 TS Rookie Posts: 293

    Your PC meets the standard requirements to run Win XP, but it will indeed struggle! Give it some much needed RAM and you should get away with it for a while.
    Upgrade it ... I have never upgraded Win 98 to Win XP but I have always wanted to!

    Let us know how you go :grinthumb
  3. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 545

    Well, for old hardware like that I would recommend Linux, but if you're too used to Windows or if you use any programs that are Windows-only, maybe it could be a good idea to try XP. In any case it couldn't hurt to try.
  4. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Even with a memory upgrade, Xp would still be "laggy" due to the speed of the processor as well, which bottlenecks the operating systems performance.
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