8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Better than Win 98,
By A Customer
This review is from: Windows XP Professional Edition (CD-ROM)
Having used Windows 98 Second Edition on my Gateway PIII 500 for the past 4 years, my experience of Windows so far has been a distressing one, what with the system freezing at least once a month.
So when it came to buying a new computer, I was worried that it was going to be another 4 years of Windows Hell. Thankfully, Microsoft have finally released a reasonably stable and fast version of Windows. I have been using Windows XP Professional daily for 5 months now on my laptop and have yet to experience a system crash. My system has become unstable twice so far but rebooting seemed to solve the problem. Mind you, this might have had something to do with my slow 1.4MHz processor.
However, be prepared to throw out your older games and software because they likely won't work with XP. Same goes for hardware, because unless you can download the drivers for Win 2000 or later, you're in trouble. I don't play games anyhow so I don't know how stable they are with XP.
For word processing and surfing, which is what I use my Samsung laptop for, XP is adequate.
Be warned though, you'll need at least 256MB of RAM since this beast is memory-hungry!