The madness began as much insanity does, with a nominally simple idea: Upgrade a Windows XP system to Windows 8 and write about the experience. Then my mouth started moving, even before my imprudent brain realized what it was saying. "I have an old Pentium 4 system at home, complete with an AGP graphics card and 2GB of RAM. It's running tons of software. Maybe we should install Windows 8 on that, and see if everything sticks together!"
In reality, performing a Windows 8 upgrade on an ancient Windows XP machine is not a good idea. But the exercise allowed me to explore the boundaries of what's possible -- and to learn some valuable lessons about the Windows 8 setup process along the way.
And now I can share what I've learned with you.
'Old' isn't quite the word for a system like this