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About the XP Readiness Test

The Windows XP Readiness Test uses PC Pitstop's ActiveX technology to collect information about your PC and compares it with the requirements for running Windows XP. We also check popular applications with known or possible incompatibilities with the new OS.

Your Info Stays Home

The XP Readiness Test is administered by a utility that runs on your PC; none of the data is saved or sent over the Internet. (This differs from the full tests at PC Pitstop, which save your data on PC Pitstop servers so you can compare and review previous results.)

When you take the test for the first time, you may see a security certificate window asking if you want to accept the ActiveX utility. Click Yes to accept the certificate and install the utility.

To further protect your privacy, the ActiveX utility shows a permission dialog each time it is loaded. That tells you that the utility is about to collect and analyze system data. Click Yes in the permission dialog if you want to run the test.

Browser Requirements

You must have Internet Explorer version 5.0 or higher to run the test; we recommend IE 6.0 or higher for best results. JavaScript and ActiveX must be enabled in IE's Tools, Internet Options, Security settings for the page to work properly. See our security FAQ for details.

Contact Us

If you're having technical problems with the tests or need help interpreting the results, feel free to post a message on PC Pitstop's Forum.

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