You should be able to upgrade, WinXP only has to "see" the existing installation, it doesn't need to be all that functional. Be aware that upgrading may not solve all of your problems, and may create new ones depending on their cause.
I would *suggest* that you backup any data files you want to keep (do NOT use msbackup), then boot the WinXP CD and begin the installer, do a new installation and format the drive in the process. It will recognize the Win98 system as a qualifier before it begins.
Best of Luck,
Rick Rogers aka "Nutcase" MS-MVP - Win9x - http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WinXP - Expert Zone - www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Win98 Help - www.rickrogers.org
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HOW TO Prepare to Upgrade Win98 or WinMe
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Quote:> I'm having a lot of ftrouble with my home computer running
> Windows 98 and I'm thinking of upgrading to Windows XP.
> If I have a corrupted version of Windows 98, will I still
> be able to upgrade of would I have load a full version of
> Windows XP. I'm currently experiencing lockups when I
> double click on "older" desktop icons. Most of the more
> recent additions seem to work o.k.
Going thru the upgrade process from Windows 98 2nd ed to
windows XP home edition I received the message, Drive C:
corrupt and cannot be repaired. Windows 98 is running
fine, I did a total disk scan as well as defrag and no
errors came back. What is the story?
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