Windows XP Upgrade Advisor
by Arie Slob
Hello Windows users,
Microsoft posted their Windows XP Upgrade Advisor tool for download on their Web site. The Upgrade Advisor is a tool that checks your system hardware and software to see if it is ready for upgrade to Windows XP. If you run Upgrade Advisor while you are connected to the Internet, and if your system needs updates that are available on the Windows Update Web site, Upgrade Advisor will find and install the updates for you.
You can use the Upgrade Advisor as long as your current Windows version is eligible for upgrade to Windows XP. For more information about upgrade eligibility see: Windows XP, which version.... Home or Professional?
The Upgrade Advisor download is large (nearly 32MB), and is recommended only for download over a high-speed Internet connection, such as DSL or cable modem.
The Upgrade Advisor is the same tool that is used to scan your system for compatibility issues before you install Windows XP. For that reason, some of the language in the tool may imply that you are actually installing Windows XP. Also note that at this time the tool is only available for U.S. language versions of Windows. According to Microsoft, International sites may be offering Upgrade Advisor in the future, so check with your local language Microsoft site for availability.
Download the Upgrade Advisor [32MB]
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Microsoft and Sony are holding a sweepstakes in which a few lucky winners will receive a Sony VAIO PC with Windows XP and a new Sony PC or its equivalent price every three years for 33 years.*
Microsoft and Sony today announced their monthlong Dream PC for Life sweepstakes, an unprecedented event that will give 52 winners a state-of-the-art PC or its equivalent every three years for 36 years. The prize will be awarded as follows: Each winner will initially receive a fully equipped VAIO® PC with Windows XP. Three years after their initial award, they will receive a new Sony VAIO PC. Three years after that, they'll begin receiving a $1,500 PC Purchase Allowance to be used toward the purchase of a new Sony PC every three years for a total of 10 Allowances awarded over 30 years.
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Consumers who want to enter should visit the main sweepstakes Web site. Contestants will need to complete the sweepstakes registration form, including three simple questions about their PC use. All 52 winners of the Sony VAIO PCs with Windows XP will be announced on Oct. 22.
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