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Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade

Platform : Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP
3.4 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews

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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
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 98 / Me / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00005RW6U
  • Release Date: 25 Oct. 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,980 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Product description

Amazon.co.uk Review

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 website, 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.

Manufacturer's Description

Windows XP Home Edition gives you the freedom to experience more than you ever thought possible with your home computer and the Internet.

Unlock the full possibilities of your personal computer:
If you've always imagined you could do more with your computer, your vision is about to become reality. From digital photos, music, and video to building a home network, Windows XP Home Edition brings you into the digital age with ease.

Enjoy the new standard in dependability and simplicity:
A new visual design, a new Windows engine, and new Internet security features combine with capabilities for sharing your computer, keeping it in shape, and accessing today's online services to give you the most dependable Windows operating system yet. Unlock the full potential of your personal computer with Windows XP Home Edition. Get to know the features that can help you do amazing things with Windows XP.

Windows XP Home Edition:

  • Digital Photos
    Record life's memories by easily acquiring, organizing, and sharing digital photos
  • Music
    All-in-one place for the discovery, download, storage, and playback of the highest quality digital music
  • Video
    Everything you need to create, share, and enjoy videos on your computer
  • Entertainment
    Personal entertainment system for great gaming and high-quality DVD videos
  • Communication
    Communicate and share with your friends and family using instant messaging, voice, and video conversations
  • Connected Home
    Easily connect and share the computers and devices in your home
  • Help and Support
    Invite a friend or support professional to connect to your computer over the Internet and fix a problem or answer a question --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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