If your applications are generally older then 2001, it might be time to consider updating them before upgrading to a new OS. Most of the newer applications will not be affected by this upgrade.
To help prevent problem application incompatibility issues, you might want to consider running the 'Windows XP Upgrade Advisor' before performing the upgrade. To run this program follow the steps below:
- If the Windows XP installation CD is not in your CD-ROM, put it into the drive.
- From the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP screen, select 'Check system compatibility'.
To run the 'Program Compatibility Wizard', follow the steps below:
- From the Start | All Programs | Accessories, click the 'Program Compatibility Wizard'
- Follow the instructions in the wizard, and then from the list select the program that youÂre having problems with.
- Choose compatibility mode (i.e.: Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000) and set the visual options (i.e.: screen resolution 640x480, 256 colors, etc.).
- Use the wizard to launch the program, and then test the new setting to see if the program will work.
- The final page of the wizard, you will be allowed to permanently apply these setting to the program, or abandon them all together.
- Right-click the program or it's shortcut you want to change the compatibility on, and select Properties.
- Click the Compatibility tab, and select the compatibility settings that are appropriate for your program.
- Press the OK button when done, then double-click the program and see if it runs.