Windows XP Home Edition
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- Scan, organise and share your digital photos
- Download, store, and playback of the highest quality digital music
- Digital Video editing and sharing
- DVD playback with full-screen controls (requires a decoder)
- DirectX for best gaming experience
- Communicate with instant messaging, voice and video conversations
- Easily connect and share the computers and devices in your home
- Remote Connection for help and support
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Packed with multimedia features Windows XP Home Edition aims to unlock the full potential of your personal computer. It also looks great, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop.
The best thing about Windows XP is that, as it belongs to the Windows NT/2000 product family, it's designed from the ground up for reliability, security, and networking. XP home users will soon see the benefits of this. The dreaded Windows crash and reboot cycle really is much less common with XP, and provided the hardware is up to scratch, XP performance is better too. The downside is that using a different codebase can make compatibility with old applications less good. Business applications normally run fine, but older games, Midi software and system utilities may well cause problems.
XP is more customisable than previous versions, including visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. Fast User Switching is a neat feature for computers used by more than one person--it lets another user log on without killing the other user's session, and when you switch back, running applications and open documents are as you left them. This is impressive, but what really counts is that XP properly understands how to deal with multiple users. Each user has their own special folders, like My Documents, which cannot be seen by other users. And for those with more than one computer, the Network Setup wizard simplifies setting up a network.
Windows XP has many strong multimedia features. The new Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist and write your own music CDs if you have a CD Writer. You can also playback DVD video (but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed) and play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos (but sadly not the popular Real Media formats). Admittedly, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated. There is also Windows Movie Maker, a basic tool for capturing and editing videos, which is fun to use although too limited for serious work.
For Web browsing, XP comes with Internet Explorer 6.0 and MSN Explorer. The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, where other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but does prevent most types of unauthorised connection.
The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. For example, you can add and remove shortcuts from the Start menu by right-clicking the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Centre that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials and walkthroughs. Laptop or other flat-screen users can set Windows to use ClearType for screen fonts, for a more readable display. There are, of course, some pitfalls. Windows XP is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum. Also, if you have devices such as modems, scanners, cameras, printers or multimedia cards, we strongly advise that you check with the manufacturer for XP compatibility. You should also check software such as system utilities, games and multimedia.Business users note: unlike Windows 98 or ME, XP Home Edition cannot join a Windows server domain, so the networking is peer-to-peer only-see Windows XP Professional Edition for this functionality. There is also no multi-processor support, and a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation and any future system changes. But don't let that put you off: this is Microsoft's best Windows yet. --Tim Anderson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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And WinXP has to be viewed in the context of its competitors. There are much better products out there for a lot less money. Try SuSE Linux 7.3 (available on Amazon); for £35 you get a flawless install procedure (I had a few problems with WinXP, none at all with SuSE on four different machines), many more features (3CD's worth, giving you the equivelant of WinXP + OfficeXP + Plus!) and a desktop (KDE) that WinXP actually "borrowed" its best features from. Plus, SuSE doesn't mind (legally or technically) if you install it on multiple machines, there's none of the product activation spyware or the danger that it will simply stop working one day because you have (or it thinks you have) upgraded too many bits of hardware, or some software pirate has been registering pirate editions using your serial number.
If you want to upgrade from Win98 or WinME, WinXP is a great choice - but only if you're absolutely dedicated to Microsoft. There are better operating systems out there. And consider that Linux systems will happily install side by side with an existing Microsoft OS and give you the choice to use either.
I highly recommend this to anyone tired of the constant errors and crashes if other windows versions.
It loads well enough, but doesn't call for the product code (which is unusual). It will not activate over the internet. Also, it will not activate over the telephone. In fact at this stage, Microsoft referred me to the PIRACY LINE. If there is a special method of loading the operating system or activating the product, such instructions were not included. Consequently, I am seeking a full refund from Amazon or the card company. BEWARE!
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Good product, works well, would buy again from this seller again.Published 5 months ago by johnblackw
Older version than originally installed, but it did the job basically.Published 19 months ago by Dorsetman
It was noy clear to me that this was opened and out of date and therefore of no use as it would not load to my new laptopPublished on 5 May 2014 by TT
What can I say, it's Microsoft, it instals easily and does what it says on the box. Good value for moneyPublished on 2 Aug. 2013 by John H
does what its supposed to do I guess lol.cant complain as it has given my old pc a new lift and is operating smoothlyPublished on 29 July 2013 by glenn