The short answer is absolutely not!

The operating system on your computer is the single most important software you own.

While there may or may not be some benefits to upgrading to Windows XP, depending on your perspective, none of them justify the risks associated with upgrading your operating system.

While most users can upgrade successfully, with only minor inconvenience, the reality is that for users the results will be:

There is just no real justification or proposed benefit of upgrading that justifies the potential of being unable to conduct your business activities.

On the other hand, if you're considering upgrading a "personal" machine that is not used for your business endeavors, and don't mind the inconvenience and expense of having overcome the to above possible problems, then perhaps you'll enjoy the upgrade.

However, the two pieces of advice I've given to business professionals when Microsoft released Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and then Windows 98 still stand:

1) Always wait at least six months after a new operating system is released in order to give Microsoft and other software and hardware vendors time to find and fix the inevitable bugs and incompatibilities.

2) Your safest strategy is to avoid upgrading entirely and to simply wait until you buy your next computer, which will likely have the new operating system pre-installed by the manufacturer. The specific benefit with this strategy is that the manufacturer will almost certainly be able to provide you with an operating system works with their specific hardware.

Following these two guidelines not only prevents you from experiencing the very real possibility of disruption to your business, but also gives you the best potential for moving to a new operating system smoothly.


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