You see these questions in the forums occasionally:
I have a problem with my computers - I can't access each computer from the other. Since one computer was running Windows 98, I upgraded it to Windows XP. Now I still can't access both computers from each other. And the old computer runs really slowly. What do I do now?
I was having file sharing problems, on my Windows XP SP1 computer. Somebody suggested that I upgrade to Service Pack 2.
The advice, given frequently, starts with:
Did you back up your previous installation? If so, roll back there. First, fix the problems. Then plan the upgrade properly.
Prepare for your upgrade properly. Have a recovery process in mind, should the upgrade not go successfully. This means that you need to solve your current problems before you upgrade. Don't risk a triple whammy.
- Downtime caused by the upgrade.
- Downtime caused by recovering to the old operating system.
- Downtime caused by having to fix the original problems with the older operating system.
Fix issue #3 first. Then upgrade.