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Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition [Old Version]

by Microsoft
Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / XP / 95, Unix, Linux
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews) 3 answered questions

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  • Platform:     Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / XP / 95, Unix, Linux
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B00005MOTF
  • Item model number: N0900048
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 24, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,474 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Designed for reliability, security and privacy, high performance, and ease of use, the Windows XP operating system provides a host of benefits forbusiness and home users. A clean and simple desktop, rock-solidreliability, and easy-to-use features that take advantage of the digitalage all contribute to the value of Windows XP.

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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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Is this for you? Find out May 1, 2002
I purchased a new dell computer to replace my laptop and of course it came with XP already installed on it. I was open minded and gave it a chance, but ulitmately, I reformated my hard drive and put windows Me back on it. Hopefully this review can help you decide if this if for you or not.
--here is why, this is a great operating system when all the drivers are compatible with it. Of course if your system came with XP on it, all the drivers are pre-installed and thus compatible.
--for those not on the technical side, your computer will be more reliable with XP on it because it doesn't crash nearly as often as 98 or ME.
--it is pretty user friendly in that it doesn't require that you have to read a huge book to learn how to use it. The tutorial in the begginning is sufficient enough to get you started and the overall use of the system is not complex.
--here is why, if you are upgrading your computer, you'll find that a lot of your stuff that worked fine with 98 or me will not work with windows XP. You'll have to download those drivers from the internet and if your modem is not working with XP, your [messed up] because there is no way you'll be able to get onto the internet to download your drivers, unless you have a second computer and a way to transfer files from each other.
--overall it can get very complicated and fustrating to get everything to work the way it did when you had 98 or ME so it requires a fair amount of advanced knowledge to get things to work right.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you have ME, dump it and buy XP June 4, 2004
Several years ago, I made the horrible mistake of upgrading my home computer from Windows 98 to Windows ME. From that point on it was nothing but trouble. I thank God that my home office is in a windowless basement room or I would have thrown my computer out of the window. Finally, after numerous crashes I came to the realization that something had to be done. Going back to Windows 98 was not an option (I had misplaced my disc long ago) so I upgraded to Windows XP.
Aside from the sticker shock, I am pretty happy with it. No longer does my computer freeze up every thirty minutes or so. Although I am sure that it has new and improved features, I am not a new and improved kind of guy- Email, some web surfing and word processing pretty well describes my computer use. For this, Windows 98 was just fine. But, time marches on. If you have Windows 98 and are doing fine, there probably no compelling reason to upgrade (I still use Windows 98 on my church computer), but if you are into video, advance graphics or the like, an upgrade would be in order.
There are two features that I appreciate. You can set up user accounts that keep people from changing your settings or reading your private correspondence. And, you are given the option to change the look of the screen to the older Windows look- I guess you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. If you have Windows ME, to not hesitate, dump the junk and buy XP, you will never regret the change.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft continues monopolistic practices. January 19, 2002
First off, WindowsXP is by far the most stable version of Windows yet. And this is coming from a computer programmer/power user that has run every type of application known to mankind on his home computer. But while stability is important, here are the gripes I have with the product:
- The product activation. My hard drive crashed twice on my brand new computer (it was defective from day one) and I have had to re-activate XP three times now. I have never had to re-install an operating system due to a hard drive crash in my lifetime. Funny how it happens now when Microsoft tries to reduce software piracy. The fact that I can only reinstall it one more time before I've used up my activations is ridiculous. Does this company not have enough money already? Imagine having to activate EVERY piece of software you buy before using it. The computer industry would collapse and people would throw their computers out the window.
- So much for efficient operating systems. Without a top of the line system, most users won't be able to run XP. But that is after all the point isn't it? Microsoft and Intel have a good pact going where they both help each other. Microsoft creates the most bloated and demanding operating system, and Intel creates a new Pentium chip (for $700) so you can run it. A continuous cycle of profits. Of course you can always stand pat and get left behind as applications stop being written for the older versions of Windows...
- The endless advertising for Microsoft. Without a doubt, Microsoft is using XP to promote a whole host of other Microsoft products. Whether it's Outlook, Passport, Internet Explorer, or whatever the case may be, this is a truly unfair advantage to other companies.
- The childish search feature.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars They're digging their own graves August 24, 2002
This is the highly anticipated Windows OS that everyone needed to get. It truly does appear revamped in a lot of places. The desktop is less cluttered, the start menu is more organized, and there are extra things one can do with the folders they create. For example, putting a custom made picture or graphic to the folder icon itself: If you have a folder with a lot of Jimmy Buffett songs, you can put up a picture of Jimmy Buffett as the folder icon. The folders are also designed to be more picture and graphics oriented, as instead of simply using a folder to house the picture files, one can turn a it into a photo album of sorts. One can use scanners and cameras through the control panel, bypassing having to use the software that came with them.
Of course, while the operating system has a new look and new gadgets, it offers little else I'm afraid. It can't run correctly on a computer that has less than 128 megabytes of RAM. Anything less than that, and you have a computer that, very frequently, lags terribly or simply stops responding. So this OS has very little to offer to those of us who have older computers -- computers that are at least over a year and a half old. With that in mind, when the computer does cease functioning, normally one would go to ALT-CTRL-Delete to disable the program(s) causing the problem. Unfortunately, in Windows XP when this command is given, it brings a CPU usage monitor. This monitor has no special purpose, as it simply displays graphs depicting how much of the CPU is being used. Naturally, one would think that by hitting ALT-CTRL-Delete again, it would shut down the computer entirely, but instead, it pulls up another CPU usage monitor. Now you have two CPU usage monitors running simultaneously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great response time!
I'm really happy with the quality of the product I bought from the Amazon web site. The seller decription of the product was spot on. Read more
Published on February 10, 2010 by Sandra M. Britton
3.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft XP and beyond
Kudos to most every review that I've read about Microsoft OS after 98. If they could just add the driver updates so that new apps would function properly and leave the good stuff... Read more
Published on December 6, 2009 by R. C. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars xp home edition
I went to put this on my computer and already had a better version on my computer, so I couldn't use it
Published on April 20, 2009 by Monta Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Got exactly what I paid for! Thanks guys!
I ordered a copy of xp for a secondary computer's operating system, and I recieved the order in a few days, in great condition! Read more
Published on February 9, 2009 by Craig A. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Unstable and ...
In its early years, this operating system was one of the most unsatisfactory I have ever used --- including DOS, Win 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows 98. Read more
Published on November 2, 2005 by Alyssa A. Lappen
3.0 out of 5 stars Windows XP Computer
I'm StoryMaker. Sometimes, Windows XP gives you the XP face. What do I mean? Look at XP sideways. Sometimes, it gives you that face. Sometimes, it gives you the C: face. Read more
Published on July 30, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Who ever said XP crashes they are WRONG!
Please don't buy the WinXP upgrade because for one thing I had to renstall it 5 to maybe 6 times and when you do that your harddrive will make sounds. It might make a click sound. Read more
Published on March 12, 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars another load from microsoft
lies lies xp is not stable and it crashes at the same rate as win- me its obvious that microsoft dident try hard. Read more
Published on February 15, 2005 by Atticus Finch
4.0 out of 5 stars Stable, but somewhat not compatible
Windows XP gives you good compatibility, great security, and wonderful perfomance. The reason I picked 4 stars is because older programs do not work. Read more
Published on January 20, 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars So far, so good
Well, I have a pc that I bought in 2001, it came with Windows Me. I upgraded to Windows XP Home about eight months ago, give or take, and I've had no problem at all. Read more
Published on December 16, 2004 by K. Hicks
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