>Do I have to install the program again using W XP?
Most likely, but it probably depends on the program. A simple program, which does not depend on the Windows registry or stuff in the windows directory, may work. I would not try it.
>What all this is leading to is a strategy to bring over some/all programs from my "old" computer running under W 98 to a new computer using W XP.
Look at the XP User State Migration in Windows XP at http://www.microsoft.com/WINDOWSXP/pro/evaluation/overviews/usmt.asp.
I have not used these capabilities and have not heard how good they are. “…only applications settings are migrated; actual applications are not migrated. You will need to re-install applications on your new computer.” Larry