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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it and I think you will too!, 27 April 2004
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This review is from: Windows XP Home Edition (CD-ROM)
I put Windows XP Home Edition (which includes Service Pack 1) on my fairly old computer a few months ago and have to say, it's everything I thoughtit would be! Compared to Win98 (my old OS), WinXP is much faster, easierto navigate and really very simple to use once you get used to it - theicons are cute and the overall look is welcoming. Horrible things didhappen when I first tried to run it even though I did my best to followall the advice out there on the net, but computers will be computers andnothing ever works quite the way you expect it! After a couple ofcrashes, problems with my old modem (which cannot be turned off or needsre-installing each and every time!)and almost throwing my computer intothe sea, I can give the following advice to anyone considering XP. Thereis very little in the way of literature with this CD, so before installingone should visit the Microsoft website for tips and info on XP, theninsert the disk and choose the option for XP to check programmecompatibility - this is really necessary to avoid future conflicts. XPrecommends that most if not all programmes and peripherals (exceptkeyboard, mouse and monitor since you will need those!) should be removedand re-installed afterwards - XP seems quite happy when you do that - sokeep all your software discs handy. Most of my old programmes and games(some designed for Win 3.1 and '95!!!) work fine and so far (fingers andtoes crossed) no more crashes and error messages are rare. Make sure allyour drivers are up to date ie for printer, scanner, modem etc by checkingand downloading XP compatible versions and burning them onto a disc. Thedisc does come with drivers for some of the most common peripherals. ForXP to run at its best it should be "clean" installed. You will lose a lotof data (best back up all files)including e-mails etc. Also, you don'thave to rush into downloading updates all in one go and as long as thefirewall is enabled, a good anti-virus programme is running in thebackground (I use Norton Systemworks and it works perfectly) you shouldhave no major hassles. Overall, I highly recommend XP Home Edition but bewarned, you need lots of MBs and RAM - this baby eats up a lot!
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