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- Item model number: N09-00984
- Date first listed on Amazon: August 24, 2005
- Average Customer Review: 141 customer reviews
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Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 - Full Version
- Microsoft Win XP
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Windows XP Home makes it easy to use your Computer for those Personal projects you enjoy. Service Packs round up the bug fixes and product updates you need for operating more smoothly. This Service Pack bridges the gaps between the original software and user requests more fully, responding to customer wishes and making XP even better.
With Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2, you get safer browsing and communication, powerful security tools, and improved experiences. Packed with multimedia features, Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 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 Security Center lets you check the status of your essential security settings.
The best thing about Windows XP is that, because 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's performance is better, too. The downside is that using a different code base can make compatibility with old applications less assured. Business applications normally run fine, but older games, MIDI software, and system utilities may well cause problems.
Windows XP is more customizable than previous versions, including its 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 previous 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 understands how to deal with multiple users. Each user has their own special folders, such as 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 Home has many strong multimedia features. 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 play back 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 RealMedia 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 that's fun to use, although too limited for serious work.|| |
For Web browsing, XP Home 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, in which 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 it does prevent most types of unauthorized connections.
Service Pack 2 allows users to instruct Internet Explorer how to handle downloads from a specific publisher
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 on the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center 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 Home is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum. 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 multiprocessor 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.
Windows XP Service Pack 2 Features
|Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker||Makes browsing the Internet more enjoyable by enabling you to reduce unwanted ads and content.|
|Internet Explorer download monitoring||Warns you about potentially harmful downloads and gives you the option to block files that could be malicious.|
|Internet Explorer Information Bar||Provides better information about events that are happening as you browse the Web, so it’s easier to know what’s going on and address potential security issues.|
|Windows Security Center||Allows you to easily view your security status and manage key security settings in one convenient place.|
|Windows Firewall update||Automatically turned on by default, this improved firewall helps protect Windows XP from viruses, worms, and other security threats that can spread over the Internet.|
|Improved wireless support||Dramatically improves and simplifies the process of discovering and connecting to wireless networks.|
|Bluetooth technologies||Enables you to easily connect to the latest Bluetooth-enabled hardware devices such as keyboards, cell phones, and PDAs.|
|Windows Media Player 9 Series||Makes it easy to enjoy music, video, and broadband content with enhanced security.|
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I'm running a Sony Vaio with a P4HT 2.8 GHz (1.5GB RAM, 2 DVD+-RWs, 280GB over 2 hdds) and this is a chip with TWO processors on board one chip. XP Home has handled it as a dual-processor machine with no problems.
Naturally, this makes for blazing speed, far faster than any other equivalent chip on the market. TaskMgr displays activity graphs for both processors. (It is also a RISC chip for those of you to whom this means something. Something new for Intel, long wedded to the CISC architecture, but the PPC chip's smoking use of RISC gave it too much of speed advantage)
I'm buying this full version because I'm tired of that horrid "Reinstall Disk" kit that came with the Sony Vaio. It's never worked right and every time I've reinstalled with it, I have new problems. And the reinstalls are becoming more frequent. It also doesn't handle the SP2 upgrade well. So, tomorrow, I will gladly reload again. Besides, of the dozens of apps Sony included, I use none of them.
This should, finally, solve the "Reinstall Kit" blues. Those of you old enough will remember when things were different. First PC in 1986: came with a full set of IBM-DOS diskettes. Second PC 1997: came with fully functional copy of 95B with "USB support" (problem being no computer had USB ports in those days!).
Then Microsoft went to this stupid "reinstall kit" garbage. Anyone considering buying a new computer, pony up the extra $179 or $269 for a full version of XP (Home or Pro depending upon need). I have no need to be part of a LAN, so the extra C note for Pro would be vanity.
All in all, the best OS MSFT had built yet. The first three years I ran it, I had a total of three crashes. This last year's been a nightmare, esp with the SP2 upgrade.
Start fresh tomorrow.
Overall, I give a three star (really 3 1/2 stars but you can't do that) rating to the product. In terms of ease of use, stability and robustness, MSFT has come a long way. And since both are UNIX, Apple really no longer had any substantial advantages over XP. It's really come down to a choice; almost a clan thing--the way people used to about Fords and GMs (notice how there was no AMC clan?) when I was a kid in the 70s. If you're of a certain age and I say, "I was raised GM" you instantly know what I mean. Despite using the Mac a lot over the years, I was firmly "raised" DOS/Windows.
Despite that, the room for improvement is obvious. If a firewall's included, why, for instance, isn't a virusscanner? A spyware/adware scanner? That would be a way to add real value to the OS product.
Protected memory is much better, but still wildly uneven in its ability to save a hanging app from hanging the machine. Explorer.exe rarely recovers fully and almost always requires a system reboot if it cronks. System Restore is also hugely improved over the shaky start with ME. If you can get to safe mode or your desktop, you can usually count on SysRestore to fix your problem.
Finally a glaring lack is that of a data shredder and encryptor. In this age of identity theft and constantly hacking (over 12,000 attempts last year alone on my little machine! Hundreds of "serious" attacks included!). A shredder is absolutely needed as is an encryption function. Given the platform dominance, the encryption should be able to be integrated seamlessly into the shell. Without a shredder, someone with almost no computer knowledge, can easily search the "deleted" files on you hard drive and recover credit card numbers, tax returns, banking passwords, etc. Someone more technically sophisticated, could do this from across the planet.
Oh well, it'll never be perfect. Just remember, every time your XP crashes or hangs, that's a dollar Redmond did NOT spend on Quality Control.
Since my installation about four months ago, Windows XP has been running just fine. I have actually gone onto getting additional PC games of my Windows XP disk. So this is great for those who want to have a Mac OS X side for work and a Windows XP side for play. Plus it looks like there won't be many games available in the future for OS X.
Apple's latest version of Boot Camp includes Windows Vista support, however I think I will hold off given the written reviews here on Vista. Windows XP does just fine for gaming.
A little update here in 2009. I forgot to install Windows with "quick method" and in reality it takes about 10-15 minutes for the install. Fortunately Apple has mentioned this in their updated Boot Camp guide which is complete with version 2.0. As far as Windows XP 32 bit and Boot Camp go, there are no problems. It's been an excellent system for gaming. And the open source software that I do have works perfectly on the installation. XP is the best that Microsoft has to offer.