Updating to windows xp pro
Currently, there are no supported direct upgrade paths for the following Microsoft operating systems: Microsoft Windows 3.x Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 Workstation Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 Server Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 Server with Citrix Microsoft Windows 95 Microsoft Back Office Small Business Server Having this information available or knowing where to look it up is important before you get started.[NOTES FROM THE FIELD] - I often get the question, "how do you know all of this stuff", when I am working with desktop or system admins.Once you are certain that the operating system you're currently using can be directly upgraded to Windows XP Professional, you then need to be sure that the installed system hardware meets the minimum Windows XP Professional hardware requirements by verifying all of the hardware is on the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) at the Microsoft website.
Notice that two of the displayed updates are for WEPOS (Windows Embedded Point of Service) and Windows POSReady 2009.
The security updates that could be installed are intended for Windows Embedded and Windows Server 2003 customers and do not fully protect Windows XP customers.
Windows XP customers also run a significant risk of functionality issues with their machines if they install these updates, as they are not tested against Windows XP.
Windows XP is, unlike the 9x/Me upgrade, guaranteed to be relatively painless for most users.
This is because Windows XP is simply the next version of the NT/2000 product family, and it doesn't represent a major architectural change from those previous versions.
XP has been around since 2001, which means that you've really had more than enough time to let it go. A number of businesses, not to mention governments, still rely on XP-based systems. There's also the fact that you're running a 13-year-old OS so you'd likely see better performance if you upgrade. The requirements for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are now: If you don't have this and you want to upgrade, then it's time for a new laptop or desktop.