A friend of mine emailed me a question:
What steps should be taken when upgrading an operating system from Windows 98 to Windows XP?
The first and most important step is backup your data to Pen drive, DVD or external hard disk. You should backup
a] Your emails and settings
b] Your Browser bookmarks and settings
c] Your documents and other personal files
This step-by-step article describes how to prepare to upgrade from Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition to Microsoft Windows XP. The information in this article may be useful to help you avoid some common upgrade-related issues.