How to Upgrade Windows 95 to Windows XP 2003

By Greyson Ferguson

Windows 95 was the go-to operating system for all IBM-compatible computers in the mid-1990s. However, that changed when Microsoft released the Windows XP operating system. Since then, there have been multiple upgrades and service packs for the Windows 95 operating system. But even with all the new additions, some users may want more. Also, Microsoft no longer supports Windows 95 and it is open to many viruses and other types of malware. You can upgrade your computer from Windows 95 to Windows XP 2003.

Step 1

Back up all information and files you want to keep. Upgrading to Windows XP will reformat the hard drive, which will remove all data from the drive.

Step 2

Open the CD drive and insert the installation disc into the computer. Shut down the computer.

Step 3

Power up the computer. As the computer begins to run through its start-up process, press "F8" at regular intervals. This will launch a new screen asking if you would like to boot from a disc. Select "Boot from Disc" and press "Enter."

Step 4

Read through the license agreement and press "F8" to agree to it. You will not be allowed to proceed without agreeing. Press "D" when prompted. This will signify you have backed up all information you want to keep.

Step 5

Press "L." The data will be erased from the hard drive, setting up to format the hard drive. Select "Unpartitioned Space" and press "Enter." Press "Enter" one more time once you have selected "Format the partition space using the NTFS file system." Depending on the size of the hard drive, this may take several minutes. Once the formatting process has finished, the computer will restart.

Follow the settings prompts, and then type in the serial key. The serial key is typically found in the installation disc's case. Finish the remaining system requirement steps and the Windows XP 2003 operating system will be installed. Once this is finished, the system will reboot.