Still, there are compelling reasons to upgrade your machine to Windows XP. Stability, for example. Windows XP runs with far fewer system failures than Windows 98 or Me; applications may still crash, but theyre much less likely to bring the whole computer down with them. If youre upgrading because your system is unstable, your best bet is to back up your data files, reformat your drive, install Windows XP from scratch, and reinstall your applications.
Windows XP also includes dozens of temptations, including a new look, easier home networking, better remote assistance, and fast user switching for shared PCs. A charming new multimedia player for your music and videos doesnt hurt, either. Although this will take some time to bear out completely, as Windows XP self-tunes, it should become faster for many common tasks, such as booting up and shutting down.