Order the SP 2 upgrade CD from Microsoft so you have it by the time you're ready to install it.
To obtain Windows XP SP2 on CD, visit the following Microsoft Web site:http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloa...us/default.mspx
Being that this is an upgrade from Win 98 the computer you are performing it on is not brand new, therefore it has hardware and software that may pose problems.
The following three links may be useful:
Windows XP Advisor (will inform you if Win XP will be able to be installed on your computer)http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/upg...ng/advisor.mspx
Programs that are known to experience a loss of functionality when they run on a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computerhttp://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...ct=windowsxpsp2
Some programs seem to stop working after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842242/
If you have any hardware or software that shows as problematic on the Microsoft websites go to the support pages the manufacturers of the hardware and/or the suppliers of the third party software will undoubtedly have provided to upgrade their products to XP compatable status.