Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere between broke and racing, closer to broke.
I agree with OneBadWagon, don't do an upgrade, you'll just inherit the problems you currently have with 98, only worse because now your trying to do them in XP.
Go with XP Pro, and add 256 more memory. Do all the OS updates first, then load your apps. Make sure that you have either a firewall or virus software on before performing updates because that's when a PC is most vulnerable.
In Regedit, go to HLKM, Software, Microsoft, Windows, Current Version, Run and then export those settings to save them. Then delete them all (in the RUN group) except the McAfee ones (your virus software).
Then reboot. Now that thing will fly.