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Microsoft® Windows Server 2003: Administrator’s Companion by Jason Gerend, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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Upgrading to Windows XP

Although this book concentrates on Windows Server 2003 issues, in all likelihood you’ll spend more time performing client upgrades than server upgrades.

Upgrading to Windows XP is a piece of cake, but the results vary depending on the starting operating system. Systems running Windows 2000 almost universally upgrade perfectly. Windows NT 4 systems usually upgrade flawlessly, although they might end up with some legacy device drivers.

Windows 98 and Windows Me upgrades are the most difficult upgrade path to Windows XP, and because of these difficulties, consider performing clean installations instead of upgrades whenever possible. Before deciding whether to upgrade or to perform new installations, read the sections that ...

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