Microsoft Windows XP Professional Full Version with SP2
- Automatically keep your PC up-to-date with the latest security enhancements including the Windows Security Center, Windows Firewall.
- Windows XP Professional provides rich, wireless network support, helping simply & easily connect to wireless networks whether in home, office or out.
- Quickly set up and connect all the computers, printers, devices, and an Internet connection in your home with the all new Network Setup Wizard.
- Encrypting File System provides an additional level of file protection from hackers
- Clean, simple design of Windows XP Professional puts the features you use most often at your fingertips, helping you find them quickly.
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Microsoft Windows XP Professional is the next version of the Windows operating system, which is designed for businesses of all sizes, and for individuals who demand the most from their computing experience.
With Windows XP Professional Edition with Service Pack 2, you get safer browsing and communication, powerful security tools, and improved experiences. Windows XP is the operating system release that unifies the Microsoft range, with all the desktop versions now built on the NT/2000 code base rather than the shakier foundation of Windows 95, 98, and Me. That makes XP a great upgrade for users of the now-obsolete 9x and Me line, but for those already on Windows 2000 Professional it is a closer call. Despite the similar name, there is no special synergy between Windows XP and Office XP, which works fine on Windows 2000.
The Security Center lets you check the status of your essential security settings.
XP certainly looks different, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop that on first installation shows only the taskbar and Recycle Bin. XP is also more customizable than earlier versions of Windows, and includes visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. That is the window-dressing, but underneath are some significant improvements. One of the most interesting is Remote Desktop. A standard XP feature, this uses technology from Microsoft Terminal Server to enable users to access their computer over any connection; for example, by dialing into the office from home.
This is not just file access--this technology lets you run applications remotely as if you were sitting at your desk at work. This is mature technology, stable and carefully thought out. So, for example, you can print from a remote word processor to a local printer. A variation on the theme is Remote Assistance, where the user can allow a remote helper to view their desktop, or optionally gain control of the keyboard and mouse, in order to troubleshoot a problem. The feature can also be disabled to ease security concerns.
|Laptop users benefit from enhanced power management, with options to extend battery life by reducing CPU speed and display brightness. IrDA support has been fixed so that, unlike Windows 2000, Windows XP can easily use modems in mobile telephones via infrared. A new screen font, ClearType, improves legibility for laptop or other flat screens, and there is built-in support for wireless networking using the popular 802.11 standard. A great feature of XP, also found in Windows 2000, is the ability to synchronize network files with offline copies. Previously, these files could not be stored securely, but now they can be encrypted.|| |
For Web browsing, XP comes with Internet Explorer 6.0. The enhancements in IE 6.0 are mainly of interest to Web developers, and in any case Microsoft makes IE freely available to all Windows users. Although Java is not installed by default, it is not difficult to download a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Windows Messenger, originally a chat client, has evolved into a collaboration tool that allows for video conferencing and application sharing.
Service Pack 2 allows users to instruct Internet Explorer how to handle downloads from a specific publisher
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 connection.
Windows XP has 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. Although there is loss of quality as a result of compression, the process is easy and convenient. Media Player 8.0 can play back DVD video, but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed. You can also play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos, but sadly, not the popular RealMedia formats. In the end, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated.
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. The Start menu now automatically features the most frequently used programs at the top of the list, and you can add and remove shortcuts 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 Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walk-throughs.
Windows XP Professional includes all the features of Windows XP Home, and adds support for dual processors, encryptable file systems, offline folders, the Remote Desktop as described above, and extra administration features that come into play when connected to a Windows server domain. XP is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum requirements. There is also activation to consider, a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure that requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation, and in the future if you reinstall or make major system changes.
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.|
Top Customer Reviews
Back to Windows XP. I must admit I am biased as I have used this program for a long time. To me the program seems very stable and works well for most programs. I know some day I will have to switch to Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack, but for now I am happy with Windows XP. The program works and I highly recommend it.
What worked was F-disk and a new, clean install. I did a lot of research on this since I had not done one since Win 98. The clean install required a lot of prep and copying of drivers, files, SP versions, and some settings onto an external backup drive.
I have win 7 on my laptop and do not like it much, so I didn't want to do an upgrade and I didn't want to try in on my 32 bit processor. My husband uses this desktop and doesn't like the win 7 interface either.
So, I had to f-disk my previous botched upgrade from Win 2000. Once the prep was done, it went very smoothly.
The only problems I have had, even after bringing it all up to date, are a regular loading error for a missing file (br something - can't locate any info on it), I can't install Google Chrome on it (missing software which is not detailed in the error message), it counted as the "third" computer on my Norton Antivirus software (had a few other minor probs there) and it does not have the drivers for my hp deskjet 5550.
I can't find the hp driver anywhere and it's not on HP's website anymore. The printer is old but works great, and I can't find my installation disk. My new wireless Cannon works with this old desktop but sometimes I just want a quick serial print.
Would welcome any suggestions.
So if you are moderately geeky, as I am, fear not. There is plenty of info on the currently still neutral Internet on how to F-disk and install an operating system. And it's pretty difficult to actually damage a PC in the process.
My next computer will have the digital drive with no moving parts. Works like a thumb drive, only better. Dual boot will be a cinch with two of those.
Never ever go to the web, if that is even possible, any you might be able to use it but good luck.
The only disappointment I had with the packing is it came in a folder not a box. The photo shows you it comes in a nice box. I give the photo one star because of the false advertising.
I like that it is easy to network and share files. Easy to trouble shoot. Easy to use.Works well on most older computer systems. I recommend service pack 2 over sp 3. If you chose to buy this os you will not be sorry. For the Expert User you may install XP on a virtual Machine while your host is running Vista or windows 7.
Please note the os is 32 bit not 64 bit
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