This article provides a description of the Windows XP
Upgrade Advisor tool.Note
Windows XP Setup automatically runs the Upgrade Advisor tool when
you upgrade from a previous Windows operating system to Windows XP. You can
also run the Upgrade Advisor tool manually by clicking Check System
on the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP page that appears
after you insert your Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. You
can also download the Upgrade Advisor tool from the Microsoft Web site that is
listed in the "More Information" section of this article.
The Windows XP Upgrade Advisor provides information about
potential problems your computer may experience if you upgrade to Windows XP.
The Windows XP Upgrade Advisor checks the system peripherals and programs and
generates a list of items that may not function correctly with Windows
The Windows XP Upgrade Advisor report lists compatibility issues
that were found in the following two major categories:
Blocking issues prevent (or block) a Windows XP upgrade.
Warnings inform you of hardware and software that may not
function properly after the Windows XP upgrade. However, unlike blocking
issues, you should still be able to successfully upgrade to Windows
The Windows XP Upgrade Advisor is a dynamic tool. If you are
online, Windows XP Upgrade Advisor checks the Microsoft Windows Update Web site
for new drivers for the components, peripherals, or programs for your computer.
The Windows XP Upgrade Advisor also provides information as a file that you can
save and store on the hard disk.
The Windows XP Upgrade Advisor is
available at the following Microsoft Web sites:
For additional information about compatibility with Windows XP, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
“Designed for Microsoft Windows XP” Application Test Framework 1.1
determine if hardware or software is compatible with Windows XP
supported upgrade paths