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Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade - Old Version

Platform : Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP
3.4 out of 5 stars 471 customer reviews

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Windows XP Home Edition gives you the freedom to experience more than you ever thought possible with your computer and the Internet. This is the operating system home users have been waiting for because it offers serious speed and serious stability, so you can have serious fun.


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.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.8 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 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.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00005MOTE
  • Item model number: N0900050
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 24, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 471 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,447 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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By Jonathan B. Spear on October 31, 2003
I installed Windows XP Upgrade on my home computer to replace my current ME operating system, but have now uninstalled it. My advice is, if your current operating system is basically satisfactory, don't make the move to Windows XP unless you've made sure your older programs and hardware are compatible with XP and there is some feature you feel you really, really must have.
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.
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I recently upgraded to Windows XP from Windows 98 Second Edition, and I have been THOROUGHLY impressed! With Windows 98 I experienced frequent blue screens and crashes. With Windows XP all of those problems are now history. Also, many of the drivers I needed to load AFTER loading Windows 98 are now already included. My video card drivers were loaded, my CD burner functions were all present, and my scanner worked flawlessly without installing any additional software.
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.
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Now that XP is up and running, I'm ecstatic. It's a nice OS.
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.
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The software itself is good enough to earn it five stars. I've used the OS in stores since computers are now shipping pre-loaded with WinXP. The OS is so much easier to use for the new user to computers; the start button is green for "Go," the close buttons on windows are red. The entire operating system is like this. If you have used Windows for years, it will take a few days to get completely used to the new layout of the start menu, control panel, etc., but it's not a problem. Media Player XP is great, including DVD support. If you use it to rip your CDs onto WMA files, they will be placed in your My Music folder, with cover art as the icons for albums! Windows Messenger finally brings Microsoft's IM service up to par with AIM, if not above.
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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