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Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade - Old Version
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Enhancements in real-time voice, video, and data communications will allowthe PC to become a center of communications and creativity beyond juste-mail and instant messaging. Windows XP will also allow the user toconnect back to the desktop from any location, and support for new wirelessnetworks will be built in. Windows XP will unify the user's supportexperience by enabling the user to provide temporary and secure control oftheir PC over the Internet to whomever can best help them.
Windows XP takes an end-to-end approach to how people transfer videos andpictures onto their computer, how they use them on their PC and otherdevices, and how they share them, whether in person or through e-mail, over the Web, or through removable media like DVDs and CDs. It extends this experience through applications that help users buy music and videos, mobile devices, services for saving your music on the Internet, and more. Windows XP will make it easier for households to share a single PC and share pictures, music, files,printers, and other resources.
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In the words of the XP instruction manual, "The Windows XP Setup program will automatically check the hardware and software already installed on your computer for potential conflicts." "Potential conflicts" is a nice way of saying that certain programs and hardware items may not work well or at all with XP, because it wants digital signatures, updated drivers or more.
In my case, during the installation process, XP informed me that "Setup has detected that some hardware or programs on your computer might not function correctly after the upgrade is completed. This lack of functionality can have an effect on things you might want to do, such as connecting to the Internet, accessing e-mail, printing, scanning, and playing sounds or music." (Wow, aren't those the things that most people use their computers for?)
After I completed the XP installation (which proved to be a very simple process), I did in fact encounter considerable difficulty with a number of software and hardware items. As examples, XP was extremely cranky about accepting my cable modem and I could not get my printer to work at all, even after I downloaded a new driver from the manufacturer's website. (Solution - buy a new printer?) The XP installation also rendered my Norton Antivirus 2004 software inoperable, a problem which the Norton website recognized but had no solution for.Read more ›
The biggest hurdle with this product is successful installation. If you have older components you may have significant problems getting them to function with the new OS. Some older apps are also likely to have difficulty. My hardware and my software are all fairly current, so I had no trouble.
I have upgraded my newer computer at home with Windows XP, but the older computer at my church study has Windows 98, and will have it for some time. I am reluctant to upgrade because of the installation problems inevitable with the older components.
This product is definitely worth the price, but some persons may need to upgrade components BEFORE upgrading their OS.
If you have a newer or brand new computer and are seeking the smoothest, steadiest and most solid OS, I HIGHLY recommend Windows XP.
HOWEVER: It took 2-1/2 days and two LONG phone sessions with supportive, knowledgeable tech reps from Microsoft to get to that point. I expected to simply replace my old OS (Win ME) with the new one, and skip on down the road. Didn't happen. So here's what I learned: A clean install from a bare machine, including reinstalling all your drivers and software can be the right answer, even if it seems an awful prospect. I should've bought the full version of the product and started clean in the first place. It would've saved more than a day's time and a ton of frustration.
Maybe that's how it is for you too. Do consider the full version and a clean install.
But... there's the activation scheme. When you install the OS, you have to get an activation code by calling Microsoft or going on their website. Not too much of a problem. But there is a problem: whenever you change your hardware more than a couple times, the software thinks that you're installing it onto a whole new computer, and it doesn't work. This is completely unfair; assume you get a video card for a gift, buy a sound card, and install a CDRW drive, all within a few months. Microsoft may not even let you keep XP working! Without this problem, XP would be great. Buy it if you aren't planning on changing hardware very much, but otherwise, unfortunately, you may need to miss out on the great new OS.
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Bought it to put in an old Pentium 3 computer with 500 meg ram and Win 98. Bought it so I could play some old computer games I had that wouldn't play on my new Windows 8. Read morePublished 6 months ago by K John
got the product, got it installed no problems. Very happy with the customer servicePublished 6 months ago by LG7128
I was happy with my purchase as it was easy to install so there are no complaints.Published 7 months ago by RICK GILBERT
Program would not work or download on my computer. Had to go out an Purchase windows 8.1 at a cost of $126.00. Windows Xp program I bought was worthless money waistedPublished 7 months ago by Carolyn Arrington