Windows XP Upgrade Advisor

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

The Upgrade Advisor is a tool that checks your system hardware and software to see if it is ready for upgrade to Windows XP. If you run Upgrade Advisor while you are connected to the Internet, and if your system needs updates that are available on the Windows Update Web site, Upgrade Advisor will find and install the updates for you.

Issues:

  • Download size: The Upgrade Advisor download is large (approximately 50 megabytes), and is recommended only for download over a high-speed Internet connection, such as DSL or cable modem.
  • Installation verbiage: The Upgrade Advisor is the same tool that is used to scan your system for compatibility issues before you install Windows XP. For that reason, some of the language in the tool may imply that you are actually installing Windows XP.
  • Upgrade scenarios: The Upgrade Advisor checks for upgrade eligibility to Windows XP Professional only.
  • International versions: Upgrade Advisor is available only for U.S. versions of Windows.

It will generate a report on

  • blocking issues: will prevent installation of XP such as not enough memory or incompatible hw
  • hw needing additional files : newer drivers need downloading
  • sw not supported by XP : check for xp compatible versions or uninstall

    Download : Microsoft's Windows XP Upgrade Advisor

    Upgrade advisor tests for XP Pro but if your PC will run XP Pro, it will work with XP Home.

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