Microsoft Windows XP Professional UPGRADE 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 you simply and easily connect to wireless networks whether in your home, office, or out on the road
- 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 and data theft by transparently encrypting files with a randomly generated key
- 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. Windows XP Professional goes beyond the benefits of Windows XP Home Edition with advanced capabilities designed specifically to optimize productivity using the latest advancements in the digital world. Built on the solid foundation of Windows 2000 Windows XP Professional provides improved reliability security performance and ease of use setting the new standard in efficient and dependable computing. Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) provides an enhanced security infrastructure that defends against viruses worms and hackers along with increased manageability and control for IT professionals and an improved experience for users. Primary InformationOperating System : Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 Header / Localization : English OS Provided / Media : CD-ROM LicenseLicense Type : Upgrade package License Qty : 1 user License Pricing : Standard System RequirementsMin Processor Required : Intel Pentium - 233 MHz Min RAM Required : 64 MB Min Hard Drive Required : 1.5 GB UNSPSC
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
On my wife's Dell laptop computer, one of the Service Pack upgrade (I can't remember whether it was SP2) completely corrupted the disk drive. A web search showed that some other people suffered the same experience. I spent days trying to fix the problem, but never succeeded. That's $900 plus my wife's valuable information destroyed. Bill Gates has $40-60 billion. You'd think he could pay back the people whose computers he destroyed.
On all of the other computers on which I used XP and some of its service packs, I was actually pretty happy with it. It was a big improvement over Windows 95/98. It worked with most of my external hardware and add-in cards without a lot of hassle. I would have strongly recommended it for new installations, although I would have warned people to be very careful about upgrades to XP and Service Packs within XP.
But, again, this is no longer supported, so you should not buy it unless you have an extremely good reason (and an absolutely reliable backup of your data).
I don't know how functional this upgrade is, as I never got it installed, but I highly recommend that if you purchase this upgrade, you have a spare readily available or at least a back-up plan in case it fails.
CONS; Count 'em 107 updates were required upon installation.....yes you read it right that is 107 updates....took longer to download and install the updates via a wireless connection that it did to install op sys and all the required drivers in the first place. LOVE Windows!!