By Jim Aspinwall
Thinking seriously about that upgrade to Windows XP? The new kid on the Microsoft block is strutting its stuff, and, between controversy and general buzz, it's all up in your face.
But is your PC ready? This OS makes for a hefty upgrade and might leave you feeling like Fear Factor is a walk in the park. To minimize the upgrade risks, make sure your hardware, peripherals, and software are ready. Follow CNET's easy-to-use guides to prepare your PC for a new eXPerience.
Prepare your hardware
Does your system have what it takes? Get the minimum requirements here.
Prepare your software
Will your apps still run under Windows XP? CNET has the answer.
Jim Aspinwall is the author of CNET's Windows Help Desk and IRQ, DMA & I/O (a PC configuration bible), coauthor of Troubleshooting Your PC Bible, and a frequent CNET Software contributor. Got questions for him? Tell us!