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4 Star Review   By member jimfarrellusa - Jul 8, 2005   

Strengths: Stable, nice interface, good security, and XP is much faster than Windows 2000 Pro - especially booting up.

Weakness: Microsoft should release software that is secure and stable to start with instead of constantly releasing "updates" and "service packs".

Windows XP is stable and easy to use with a nice interface. You get a good feeling that the operating system is in control instead of the applications. Includes SP2 for added security. You do not need to download and install SP2 yourself. "OEM" does not mean anything is missing. It simply means you do not get a retail box or manual. I have found that the "Home" version has everything I need. Also, XP is much faster than Windows 2000 Pro - especially booting up.

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5 Star Review   By member reino200 - Sep 16, 2004   

Strengths: you have all The features that you need, all the extra games. The smooth installation of hardware and soft ware

Weakness: I find that it doesn't have some of the help topics that some first time users would need.

I have enjoyed using windows xp, with all of its features, I find windows easy to find things on the internet with windows xp. All in all I find that windows xp is the best windows oparating system software that I have used out of all the past windows I have used.

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5 Star Review   By member uzz3r - Mar 13, 2004   

Strengths: The most configurable OS next to Linux

Weakness: Proprietary software, prime target for crackers, frequent patches/critical updates necessary.

I have read some of the reviews on this site about XP Home, and feel that many reviewers have not done their homework on this OS. It seems to me that most users attempt to operate the OS without doing much, if any reading or research via the many books, periodicals, and websites devoted to this subject. I personally am very satisfied with WinXP Home, and have had very few problems with it. The hangups, crashes, and incapatibility issues, that I did have, upon reading and researching them, were found to be due to my lack of knowledge, or third party software flaws. In summary, if you don't want to spend time LEARNING about how to use computers and software, be prepared to either deal with frequent problems and crashes, or spend $$$ and time with tech support.

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4 Star Review   By member jefffann - Feb 7, 2004   

Strengths: many

Weakness: not many

If you want to install over 512mb of ram you can't with Windows95,98,or ME. You can with XP.just like you can with 2000. System restore like ME unlike 2000.No need to get separate software for zip files or tranferring data to a cdrw.System lockups are vitually gone.I've had a few but that was because of the age of the software I tried to install.I've only had issues with a handful of games but those are OLD.There are some hardware incompatibility issues also but there again keyword OLD.An example:"Oh darn,I can't get my Voodoo5 to work with XP"is that the fault of XP or could it be that the company that made that card is out of business and there are no updated drivers other than 3rd party.Or another one: "I can't seem to get my old dos games to work with XP"Well heck I can't seem to get them all to work with 98 either until I bought a motherboard with an isa slot for a SoundBlaster.If you are in need of an o.s. and want a Microsoft product get this if you have a new generation computer. Most of the complaints I've read I beleive come from trying to use it on an old dinosaur.If you have one of those there's a lot better way to spend your money than upgrading the o.s.Some people just expect too much.You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.I have all the o.s. I've referred to and this is the best.There's a place for them all so if you don't have a machine that meets or exceeds the optimum system requirements don't bother getting it unless you want to be one of the complainers.

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5 Star Review   By member parrishrex - Nov 20, 2003   

Strengths: Reliable, stable, easy to learn and use.

Weakness: Some compatability problems with some older software and equipment, but, it's worth it.

I replaced Windows Me with XP Home, haven't had a lockup, lost work or any other typical computer failure since. It makes integrating new equipment, software and networking a breeze not to mention all the extras bells and whistles included with XP. You could actually get good use out of your system without any additional software.

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2 Star Review   By member KT333 - Jul 29, 2003   

Strengths: with SP1 I was able to (sort of) uninstal Explorer and WMP. Past windows had explorer try to take over mozilla (built in popup stopper). Was able to change look so it looked better(it was confusing)

Weakness: Long load time and REALLY bad game proformance compared to Win98se, but faster load and better game proformance then Win2k. Less stable then Win2k, more stable then Win98se.

Installing XP was a pain compared to Win2k and 98se. I ran 3DMark2001 and my score with XP was 6391, and with Win98se it was 7843, and Win2K it was 6294. It takes forever to load, about over 2 mins (with 98se it is under a minute, Win2k was over 3 mins) The default look of XP is hard to work with, it catches the eyes away from what you are working on. The start menu is twice as big as every other windows, and it is baddly laid out. It took going into tens of windows to change it. The MyComputer window is VERY bad, the floppy and hardDrives and DVD-rom are not listed in the order I set them up, and I couldn't change this. I thought because XP is built off of Win2k, then it wouldn't crash, but it crashes or freezes about 3 time a week. (Win98se crashed or froze almost once a day) I can't play games at night after middnight till 4ish, XP was doing something to make my harddrive light go off like crazy. I read online that XP was defragmenting my computer, without asking (I couldn't figure out how to turn it off), and I can't watch a movie or play any games at night. Also, WinXp is not something you can put on a spare computer to do internet sharing or something. It requires 128mb Ram, and even with 256mb ran and a 950mhz processor, it was VERY slow, just browsing MyDocuments and a few folders If you want stable, do work on, or just go online, use Win2k. If you want proformance, play games, want the most out of your hardware, use Win98se.

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4 Star Review   By member kallmighty - Jul 1, 2003   

Strengths: Very stable and customizable.

Weakness: Too glitzy, MS went overboard for on the pretty looks. But this can be corrected.

A lot of people are complaining about XP but I love it. It is very stable. Running games is easy and many run better than on 98SE. If there are troubles there is a compatably feature to help fix the problem (I have never used it so I don't know how well it works). Almost everything can be customized if you don't like any aspect of XP, you just have to know where to look. So in that respect it is confusing, but help files are extensive and tell you how to do most of the customizing (or you could look on the internet). It runs faster than 98 and had most of the drivers needed for my system. New drivers are always being released so it may not have the most current driver, but your devices will work until you download the latest version. The MS cirtification for new drivers takes a very long time but if you only load the approved drivers XP runs great with little if any instability. Most of the problems I have had were due to hardware failing or problems with the software I was loading. Over all it is a very good OS (MS finally did it right!) The MS activation is a pain in the @ss but I have installed my OS several times (re the hardware failings above) and not once have I had any problems. I gave XP only 4 stars because it is very expensive.

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4 Star Review   By member rmenton - Jun 3, 2003   

Strengths: Stable and boots quickly. Better multimedia features. Multiuser integration.

Weakness: Interface is a bit confusing. Don't like the search system.

This is clearly a better OS than 98SE it's predecessor. Having read the other reviews I don't quite understand why some people give these one star criticisms without considering how much software is available for this OS, and the fact that it all should run better and more reliably. Apart from Win2000, I don't see a better alternative that XP, so if you need the OS for making money, as I do, it's not even an issue. My software platform runs better on XP than it did on 98SE, hands down. Berating MS and Gates should be left for other forums.

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4 Star Review   By member steveyh13 - Apr 26, 2003   

Strengths: Good Looking, Works IF you have enough ram ( i have 512), good digital effects, wmp9's great, comes with a load of cool software ( well mine did, buts mines oem so....enough said)

Weakness: erm..... i'll have to think about this.

i like xp's look and the way you have system restore, i definatly recommend xp home to anyone, the only real problem is it's slightly less stable than 2k, but it has never crashed on me so i need re-booting, only crashes one program but it soon sortes that out, maybe it crashes for all you out there because your PC IS SLOW and doesn't have enough MEMORY, i have a 2.4ghz with 512 ram, try getting that and it will work fine, windows xp's the latest from ms so you'll need the latest pc. simple :)

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3 Star Review   By member webtv13 - Apr 21, 2003   

Strengths: Fancy GUI, cheaper price than W2K was when it was released. System restore is nice - make sure it is installed and working.

Weakness: Blue Screen of Death (System 32 Errors) still occurs quite regularly for some XP users. Many security flaws exist. Some users report problems with Service Pack 1 so beware...

If you own Windows 2000 PRO then KEEP it. Windows XP is for CASUAL users NOT power users. Windows 2000 is a much better O/S and far more stable. If you do not play games (not much driver support for W2K) then get W2K or be brave and try W2K3. For XP - ensure that you get latest BIOS update from your OEM. Blue Screen of Death - try to repair "C:WINDOWSCHKDSK /R" at the DOS prompt after you run the Win XP OS CD Rom. If this fails then re-install. Get used to this procedure. I would never attempt to develop software using Windows XP as my O/S. I have used W2K for 3 years and NEVER had the Blue Screen of Death!!!

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Windows XP Home Edition is the operating system designed exclusively for home computing. From digital photos, music, and video to building a home network, Windows XP brings you into the digital age with ease.
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Product Title Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Complete Product - Complete Product - 1 User
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Required Disk Space: 1.5 GB
Required Processor Speed: 233 MHz
Required Processor Class: Intel Pentium Processor
System Requirements: Processor: PC with a 233-MHz or faster required 300-MHz Intel Pentium/Celeron family AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible recommended Memory: 128 MB or more recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features) Disk Space*: 1.5 GB required Drive: CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Display: Super VGA monitor and video adapter supporting 800 x 600 or higher resolution Video Card: For DVD video playback: DVD-ROM drive and DVD decoder card or DVD decoder software and 8 MB of video RAM For Windows Movie Maker: Video capture feature requires appropriate digital or analog video capture device 400-MHz or faster processor Input Device: Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device Internet Connection: 14.4-Kbps or faster modem Others: For instant messaging, voice and video conferencing, and application sharing, both parties need .NET Passport account and Internet access Network adapter appropriate for the type of network to which you wish to connect, and access to an appropriate network infrastructure * Hard-disk usage will vary based on configuration; custom install may use more or less disk space; additional hard-disk space may be required if you are installing over a network
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Recommended Memory: 128 MB
Recommended Processor Class: Intel Pentium Processor
Recommended Processor Speed: 300 MHz
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4 Star Review   By member jimfarrellusa - Jul 8, 2005   

Strengths: Stable, nice interface, good security, and XP is much faster than Windows 2000 Pro - especially booting up.

Weakness: Microsoft should release software that is secure and stable to start with instead of constantly releasing "updates" and "service packs".

Windows XP is stable and easy to use with a nice interface. You get a good feeling that the operating system is in control instead of the applications. Includes SP2 for added security. You do not need to download and install SP2 yourself. "OEM" does not mean anything is missing. It simply means you do not get a retail box or manual. I have found that the "Home" version has everything I need. Also, XP is much faster than Windows 2000 Pro - especially booting up.

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5 Star Review   By member reino200 - Sep 16, 2004   

Strengths: you have all The features that you need, all the extra games. The smooth installation of hardware and soft ware

Weakness: I find that it doesn't have some of the help topics that some first time users would need.

I have enjoyed using windows xp, with all of its features, I find windows easy to find things on the internet with windows xp. All in all I find that windows xp is the best windows oparating system software that I have used out of all the past windows I have used.

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5 Star Review   By member uzz3r - Mar 13, 2004   

Strengths: The most configurable OS next to Linux

Weakness: Proprietary software, prime target for crackers, frequent patches/critical updates necessary.

I have read some of the reviews on this site about XP Home, and feel that many reviewers have not done their homework on this OS. It seems to me that most users attempt to operate the OS without doing much, if any reading or research via the many books, periodicals, and websites devoted to this subject. I personally am very satisfied with WinXP Home, and have had very few problems with it. The hangups, crashes, and incapatibility issues, that I did have, upon reading and researching them, were found to be due to my lack of knowledge, or third party software flaws. In summary, if you don't want to spend time LEARNING about how to use computers and software, be prepared to either deal with frequent problems and crashes, or spend $$$ and time with tech support.

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4 Star Review   By member jefffann - Feb 7, 2004   

Strengths: many

Weakness: not many

If you want to install over 512mb of ram you can't with Windows95,98,or ME. You can with XP.just like you can with 2000. System restore like ME unlike 2000.No need to get separate software for zip files or tranferring data to a cdrw.System lockups are vitually gone.I've had a few but that was because of the age of the software I tried to install.I've only had issues with a handful of games but those are OLD.There are some hardware incompatibility issues also but there again keyword OLD.An example:"Oh darn,I can't get my Voodoo5 to work with XP"is that the fault of XP or could it be that the company that made that card is out of business and there are no updated drivers other than 3rd party.Or another one: "I can't seem to get my old dos games to work with XP"Well heck I can't seem to get them all to work with 98 either until I bought a motherboard with an isa slot for a SoundBlaster.If you are in need of an o.s. and want a Microsoft product get this if you have a new generation computer. Most of the complaints I've read I beleive come from trying to use it on an old dinosaur.If you have one of those there's a lot better way to spend your money than upgrading the o.s.Some people just expect too much.You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.I have all the o.s. I've referred to and this is the best.There's a place for them all so if you don't have a machine that meets or exceeds the optimum system requirements don't bother getting it unless you want to be one of the complainers.

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5 Star Review   By member parrishrex - Nov 20, 2003   

Strengths: Reliable, stable, easy to learn and use.

Weakness: Some compatability problems with some older software and equipment, but, it's worth it.

I replaced Windows Me with XP Home, haven't had a lockup, lost work or any other typical computer failure since. It makes integrating new equipment, software and networking a breeze not to mention all the extras bells and whistles included with XP. You could actually get good use out of your system without any additional software.

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2 Star Review   By member KT333 - Jul 29, 2003   

Strengths: with SP1 I was able to (sort of) uninstal Explorer and WMP. Past windows had explorer try to take over mozilla (built in popup stopper). Was able to change look so it looked better(it was confusing)

Weakness: Long load time and REALLY bad game proformance compared to Win98se, but faster load and better game proformance then Win2k. Less stable then Win2k, more stable then Win98se.

Installing XP was a pain compared to Win2k and 98se. I ran 3DMark2001 and my score with XP was 6391, and with Win98se it was 7843, and Win2K it was 6294. It takes forever to load, about over 2 mins (with 98se it is under a minute, Win2k was over 3 mins) The default look of XP is hard to work with, it catches the eyes away from what you are working on. The start menu is twice as big as every other windows, and it is baddly laid out. It took going into tens of windows to change it. The MyComputer window is VERY bad, the floppy and hardDrives and DVD-rom are not listed in the order I set them up, and I couldn't change this. I thought because XP is built off of Win2k, then it wouldn't crash, but it crashes or freezes about 3 time a week. (Win98se crashed or froze almost once a day) I can't play games at night after middnight till 4ish, XP was doing something to make my harddrive light go off like crazy. I read online that XP was defragmenting my computer, without asking (I couldn't figure out how to turn it off), and I can't watch a movie or play any games at night. Also, WinXp is not something you can put on a spare computer to do internet sharing or something. It requires 128mb Ram, and even with 256mb ran and a 950mhz processor, it was VERY slow, just browsing MyDocuments and a few folders If you want stable, do work on, or just go online, use Win2k. If you want proformance, play games, want the most out of your hardware, use Win98se.

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4 Star Review   By member kallmighty - Jul 1, 2003   

Strengths: Very stable and customizable.

Weakness: Too glitzy, MS went overboard for on the pretty looks. But this can be corrected.

A lot of people are complaining about XP but I love it. It is very stable. Running games is easy and many run better than on 98SE. If there are troubles there is a compatably feature to help fix the problem (I have never used it so I don't know how well it works). Almost everything can be customized if you don't like any aspect of XP, you just have to know where to look. So in that respect it is confusing, but help files are extensive and tell you how to do most of the customizing (or you could look on the internet). It runs faster than 98 and had most of the drivers needed for my system. New drivers are always being released so it may not have the most current driver, but your devices will work until you download the latest version. The MS cirtification for new drivers takes a very long time but if you only load the approved drivers XP runs great with little if any instability. Most of the problems I have had were due to hardware failing or problems with the software I was loading. Over all it is a very good OS (MS finally did it right!) The MS activation is a pain in the @ss but I have installed my OS several times (re the hardware failings above) and not once have I had any problems. I gave XP only 4 stars because it is very expensive.

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4 Star Review   By member rmenton - Jun 3, 2003   

Strengths: Stable and boots quickly. Better multimedia features. Multiuser integration.

Weakness: Interface is a bit confusing. Don't like the search system.

This is clearly a better OS than 98SE it's predecessor. Having read the other reviews I don't quite understand why some people give these one star criticisms without considering how much software is available for this OS, and the fact that it all should run better and more reliably. Apart from Win2000, I don't see a better alternative that XP, so if you need the OS for making money, as I do, it's not even an issue. My software platform runs better on XP than it did on 98SE, hands down. Berating MS and Gates should be left for other forums.

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4 Star Review   By member steveyh13 - Apr 26, 2003   

Strengths: Good Looking, Works IF you have enough ram ( i have 512), good digital effects, wmp9's great, comes with a load of cool software ( well mine did, buts mines oem so....enough said)

Weakness: erm..... i'll have to think about this.

i like xp's look and the way you have system restore, i definatly recommend xp home to anyone, the only real problem is it's slightly less stable than 2k, but it has never crashed on me so i need re-booting, only crashes one program but it soon sortes that out, maybe it crashes for all you out there because your PC IS SLOW and doesn't have enough MEMORY, i have a 2.4ghz with 512 ram, try getting that and it will work fine, windows xp's the latest from ms so you'll need the latest pc. simple :)

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3 Star Review   By member webtv13 - Apr 21, 2003   

Strengths: Fancy GUI, cheaper price than W2K was when it was released. System restore is nice - make sure it is installed and working.

Weakness: Blue Screen of Death (System 32 Errors) still occurs quite regularly for some XP users. Many security flaws exist. Some users report problems with Service Pack 1 so beware...

If you own Windows 2000 PRO then KEEP it. Windows XP is for CASUAL users NOT power users. Windows 2000 is a much better O/S and far more stable. If you do not play games (not much driver support for W2K) then get W2K or be brave and try W2K3. For XP - ensure that you get latest BIOS update from your OEM. Blue Screen of Death - try to repair "C:WINDOWSCHKDSK /R" at the DOS prompt after you run the Win XP OS CD Rom. If this fails then re-install. Get used to this procedure. I would never attempt to develop software using Windows XP as my O/S. I have used W2K for 3 years and NEVER had the Blue Screen of Death!!!

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5 Star Review   By member Mark70 - Mar 12, 2003   

Strengths: NEVER LOCKUP. NEVER HAVE TO SHUTDOWN BECAUSE IT WAS FROZE UP.QUICKER ON STARTUP.AND INTERNET,LOVE IT, USES IT ALOT ON DIFFERENT COMPUTER.

GREAT PRICE,BETTER THEN WIN98,WIN95,WINME,QUICKER ON ALL STUFF,I BOUGHT OEM COPY FRESH INSTALL WORKS LIKE A CHARM,I RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE ELES HOPE ITS WORK FOR YA LIKE IT DID ME GREAT OS ,SUPER WINXP HOME ,GOOD LUCK ON YOURS

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5 Star Review   By member eaglestop - Feb 16, 2003   

Strengths: The best operating system yet!

Weakness: None! Except Maybe for the fact you can't use alot of older equiptment. But you can download the drivers at microsoft.

This is the best operating system yet for the home system! I've had windows 95 and 98 plus and they cannot hold a candle this this one, and with so many digital enhancements,it is definitely the choice of the new millennium. People who have problems with it freezing up is generally because they don't have enough memory. The XP needs 128mb of ram to run properly, and you need also more ram for your system. I reccomend 512mb of ram or more to get the full effects of xp and have your system run properly without any freeze ups.

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1 Star Review   By member soricobob - Feb 11, 2003   

Strengths: colorfull, glitzy, welcoming

Weakness: freezes constantly

Without having added any new software to a brand new Dell laptop, the windows freezes playing(and winning)games, printing pictures on my new printer(Epson 925), and the support people at Dell cannot fix. They recommend waiting for a windows "patch". Last time for me dealing with Dell or dealing with XP.

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4 Star Review   By member CompBoss - Jan 5, 2003   

Strengths: Very easy and quick install. Works well with most all components. Many good aspects to this one.

Weakness: Recognizing some components and some registry issues, but they can be fixed.

Have installed two of these OSs on two different computers, one went without a hitch, the other took me two days of research and hit and miss to install the modem. Once I finally found the problem (related to the registry) and corrected it, the modem worked fine. Just be prepared, some modems are XP compatable, some not, but the registry issue was an experience.

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2 Star Review   By member Wardnccmac - Dec 14, 2002   

Strengths: Great looking interface, that works better than previous windows versions. System Restore very useful feature.

Weakness: Still crashes, but not as dramatically as in previous versions. Have sent numerous error reports to Microsoft. Also had to use System Restore on several occassions.

New OS a definite improvement over '98. However, operating system has logged numerous errors since purchase but generally recovers without having to shutdown and reboot. Have, however, had to use System Restore on 2 occasions when obvious conflicts with other programs created problems. Interestingly competing programs (browsers, music software,etc.) seem to create the most problems.

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5 Star Review   By member spotmaster - Dec 10, 2002   

Strengths: No crashing, no bluescreens, easy to use (once you get used to the differences)I love the CRL-ALT-Del feature, works like a charm.

Weakness: None that I can see other than the learning curve from the other OS WinME that I used before, and that took maybe an hour or so.

After reading other reviews I have come to the conclusion that the only problems that people seem to have are from those who just basically don't like Microsoft. Upgrading from a previous OS, don't, go out and buy a full program and do a clean install that way you don't carry any problems over from the previous system, and I think that you will be much happier, or buy a system with it already installed. As for the registration, I think that it is a tempest in a teapot not even enough to worry about, a lot of us use a computer for more than just games, I know that I do a lot of work and finance on mine, games are hardly played, not enough time. All in all I find the satisfaction level to be fairly high and a friend who runs 2000 on his machine says the only difference he sees is that 2000 doesn't have as much glitter as XP, well if that's the only difference then I'll stick with XP. I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking of another OS, but buy new and clean install.

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1 Star Review   By member rockman - Dec 10, 2002   

Strengths: Not many. Yes XP is user friendly and looks great. Yes you can complete simple tasks with it.

Weakness: Many. XP is only stable when there are no demands put on it. It is not reliable when it has to work.

This is not another microsoft bashing review although at some times it may sound like one. If you are new to computers XP will meet your needs. I you ever want to do anything that is demanding on your computer do not get XP. XP reliability goes through the floor when you start playing high end games, downloading large files, playing video, editing video, etc... XP slowly degrades over time. If you read reviews about XP in the first week of ownership everyone likes it. The longer you own it the worse it gets. My first problem with XP occurred in the first month of ownership. It stopped working with the rest of my network. Windows explorer always wanted to crash randomly. Now after 5 months explorer crashes randomly everywere. I now have problems transferring large files. XP was fine with video until a week ago. Now when i open video files online it randomly gives me the blue screen of death. There is no pattern. None of these problems are caused by my hardware. I defrag all the time i have name brand hardware. if you want to just sit and stare at your computer buy xp if you want to do anything else do not by it.

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5 Star Review   By member rchoueri - Oct 25, 2002   

Strengths: WIN XP ROCKS! Load the BIOS XP UPGRADE FROM YOUR COMPUTER MFG's Website BEFORE YOU INSTALL XP OS! MFGs for all my peripherals had XP drivers at their respective websites.

Weakness: No (800) Help Desk telephone number. Cost me 50 min tel call to MS and 10hrs:14 mins to complte everything.

Bill Gates finally got Windows right and Windows is finally stable under XP OS. Bill Gates is finally off my short list of ten most hated people in America LOL. This IMHO is as good as it gets under CISK architecture. A real Disk Check and Defrag!(A+) The entire XP OS architecture and file Control structure is a wet dream come true! True UNIX-RISK multitaking & daemon CPU timeslicing? Who cares ... it works right and is finally stable! Kudos to the MS design and programming teams (A+). XP deployment could have been a little more informative in the literature and website(C), XP Media Player (D), WIN Beta 9 Media Player (A+)

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5 Star Review   By member pmcnelis - Oct 25, 2002   

Strengths: Fast boot and shut-down. Almost everything, including software, is immediately recognized by Windows. Multi-user capability with completely seperate user accounts.

Weakness: Searching for drivers for older peripherals nearly impossible.

Like AOL...Idiot proof. Also like AOL, not the greatest for those who like to get inside their computers code and mess with the registry et-al. For the mac-holes who have never even seen WinXP but merely jump at the chance to trash Gates and Windows, go back to your colorless mac world. I've used both and I can tell you that macs are fine, but pcs are far superior. To the nugget brain who said that mac never crashes...OS X launched with more bugs than any Windows product ever did. To the open source freak, open source o/ses are for ultra geeks and freaks, kinda like you and bill gates.

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1 Star Review   By member cegfield - Oct 12, 2002   

Strengths: None - This is Bill Gates' ultimate joke on the consumer. He never was an innovator. Everything of any value from MS was stolen. Dos from CP/M, All aspects of Windows cheap ripoffs from Apple.

Weakness: Didn't an F.B.I. warning in addition to the largest code fix release in the history of computing give us a hint...

Bill Gates has become completely anti-consumer. The Microsoft monopoly makes Standard Oil and AT&T look like lemonade stands. He has destroyed or marginalized so many innovative companies and products with his unfair market advantage - Borland and Apple to begin with. If you are currently using windows 95 or 98, I suggest you upgrade to Windows 2000. Win 2000 Pro is the best (least bad) OS for the home user which Microsoft has put out. Don't worry that it is complicated or just for advanced users. This is just a bunch of hype which originated as a part of the murky Microsoft marketing machine...ME, XP, blah, blah, blah. If you have the money, buy a Mac. OS 10.2 is first class. Their is nothing a Wintel machine can do that a Mac can't do far better, and did far sooner. As the old saying went. Windows 95 equals Apple 85. Flash forward to 2002 and nothing has changed. If you want to save money and still have a fine machine, you can get a 1 gig intel based PC running one of the versions of Linux for a few hundred dollars. Linux has come a long way in terms of user friendliness. It has all the graphical user interface qualities you've enjoyed in the past and is so much better than MS... My background? I'm a Systems Tech. I work on PC's, networks, and cabling systems. XP will go the way of ME after it's phase in the MS market structuring plan has run it's course. In Summary, go with Win2000, the MAC, or Linux.

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5 Star Review   By member bond815 - Oct 11, 2002   

Strengths: Extremely stable - not one crash! Can't say the same for any of the other previous versions of the OS! Very customizable. Can set up multiple user accounts - nice feature!

Weakness: May not be compatible with your hardware or software. Be sure to check compatibility BEFORE installing the program!

Overall the best thing to happen to the home computer since the Internet! Highly recommended however, make sure if you plan to upgrade an existing computer that you check compatibility with hardware and software. Many mfg.s of older hardware haven't written drivers for XP and you may need to purchase newer models and versions of your hardware and software. MS has a compatibility check that you can run on your current OS, but beware that this is actually part of the installation from XP which will disable any non-compatible hardware and force you to re-install anything it finds is not compatible with XP.

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3 Star Review   By member gullevek - Sep 18, 2002   

Strengths: more stable than win98, can manage more RAM than win98, hypernate works GREAT on my notebook.

Weakness: is slow, big, CANDY (yuck), security leaks en masse, XP finally totaly controls you

if it wouldn't have come with my notebook I'd never bought it, my fist opinion is ... YUCK ... that candy style sucks, I am asking me who wants this. It just makes this slow system even more slower. So first step is to turn off all this eye catchers, then it runs quite nice. Still this whole product key annoys me, as it is a bundled software it doesn't bother me here. What annoys me was things like SP1 and sound card drivers were broken (WHY??) and I had to update them. I still don't trust IE or Outlook, though they are still installed, I haven't used Outlook once and IE only twice. Explorer crashed twice in two months, and I use Hibernate all the time and it really works great. I haven't found any problems yet. Multi Language Input (Japanese) works great and is easy to use. Overall I say nice, but if you use windows 2000 I wouldn't switch in a million of years. IMO Windows 2000 is still the best u can get. If you use Win98 and just play, stay with it, if you are really working with Win98 switch to Windows 2000. But STAY away of XP. It works with my Notebook, cause Sony provides all the drivers ... I wouldn't bet money that it runs eg on my moms PC ... Direct compare XP and 2000 I think XP is a big step behind. Especially the split between home and pro SUCKS. Why doesn't home has the nice user management features of pro ... er ... it has, but you need to go to the cmd line for this ... btw, all Games I tried work for me ... except Moto GP, as the ATI driver suck ...

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4 Star Review   By member jam111 - Jul 1, 2002   

Strengths: Much more stable, rarely freexe on my systems. Nice interface(if you choose, but I go with classic version).

Weakness: Installed the hardware and software sometimes pop-up the annoying warning, after all I found out that those warning won't matter. sometime it's acts like too smart and go without any command.

Seems to me that Microsoft try to have more control over users (the reason for 4 stars insted of 5). Another draw back is that the xp really don't except the older version of anti-virus programs(with other old softwares I have, it does work after ignore warnning). However, this xp is the best operation systm I ever encountered (98se, Me, 2000, and xp), the first 2 is very easy to crash, 2000 took long time to start up (though it also reliable). Thus, this is the best in win family.

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4 Star Review   By member hawk10 - Apr 25, 2002   

Strengths: Much more stable, better networking, Installs quicker, easy on the eyes.

Weakness: Older hardware may not have driver support(Win ME had this problem too)playing around with operating system sittings may cause some problems,don't change to much yet.

A new built computer should have this ,don't upgrade if you have less than a pentium 4 and 256mg ram or if you have alot of hardware thats over a year old, some of the hardware may never get drivers released or Like Hewlett Packard made me pay for drivers for a scanner when i went from Win 95 to Win 98,shipped them to me for 20$,(Stay away from them).The disk defragger is great in XP ,also all the new games run great on XP.

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2 Star Review   By member Raiden - Apr 4, 2002   

Strengths: none that I have seen

Weakness: Not compatiable with any of the old software and any of the harware that is already out on the market.

I have a notebook that came with XP home edition, I was not to happy with it, from the start. First the gui looks like your watching a cartoon, second there are not many desktop themes to choose from. But the main problem that I have is that there are no software compatible with XP, not many. Second I have a problem between XP and my HP all-in-one printer. I plugged in the usb to the notebook, XP detected the printer installed the drivers that XP THINKS is needed for my printer. Once it was done I performed a test print, everything went well. The next day I needed to print a document and it only printed a few lines and I got an error message, don't quit rememebr it right now, but how can an OS detect a printer onE day and the next day cause the printer to work improperly. HO sent me a detail email to solve my problem but I know that it has to be XP. I checked all my connections, I checked device manager to see if there an idication of a problem, a yellow circle with an aexclamation point inside it, whci I did not see. All the device drives for the usb are updated. HP still has not come out with their device driver updates for XP on my officejet v40. So I plan on formatting the hardrive on my notebook and install Windows 2000 Pro, I spoke with the manufacter of my notebook and they said that doing that will not void the warrenty. SO goodby XP and hello 2000 pro. Don't get XP go with either 98,ME or 2000 Pro.

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4 Star Review   By member Imajica - Mar 1, 2002   

Strengths: Does not crash nearly as much as 95, 98, or ME.

Weakness: Some programs & peripherals not compatible, problems w/ taskbar.

By far the most stable windowz OS I have used. My scanner does not have drivers that will run under XP & my Neowatch firewall is also incompatible. There are problems with the taskbar in autohide mode; more often then not, I have to repeatedly click the mouse to get it to show. When uninstalling programs it will sometimes uninstall a program other than the one selected. Also a bit slower than 98SE. Another feature I do not care for on this OS, is that when using the right click alternate select menu to send a file to another location, it leaves a copy in the location it was sent from, so you have to delete it, or you now have 2 copies of it on your system. While typing, it will sometimes switch from insert mode to typeover mode on its own. It needs work, but I do not have nearly the amount of crashes as with other windowz operating systems. The day may come when I quit referring to its maker as Microslop.

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5 Star Review   By member Kayle12 - Feb 24, 2002   

Strengths: Ease of use, User Logins, No Crash, Good Media tools, New start menu.

Weakness: no Scandisk, Slow Disk Defragmentor, no themes inless you go and buy Xp Plus

I think that this is an awesome operating system. It is very fast and is very easy to learn to use. I have been using it and it has NEVER crashed on me before. I believe that it is the best operating system out there on the shelves. I would recommend this to everyone who have a good fast computer.

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5 Star Review   By member jsmithii - Feb 18, 2002   

Strengths: Stability! No more blue screens of death. it is very fast as well. conserves memory. I can go on and on, it is a very solid os.

Weakness: The really only weeknes that i have found is all the negitive hype about how hard it is to registar and activate. It is so simple. Dont be fooled

Hackers Have ruined it for everyone. if it werent for hackers and theives this os would be a lot cheaper. the only people this activation should really upset is them. for everyone else, fear not. do not be taken in by petty arguments. I am embarrased to say that i was very afraid becuase i constantly upgrade my system. I changed my mainboard and my dvd drive before the first 30 days. activation is painless and keeps honest people honest. I was pretty disapointed at ms for trying to make a buck with ME but they really came through this time. 5 STARS becuase i really dont think there is any thing better out. i would chanllange anyone to prove it. all though improvements can be made and undoubtedly will, Ms as provailled again. :-)

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2 Star Review   By member dwood1999 - Feb 14, 2002   

Strengths: Better stablity

Weakness: Crazy registration process

I like Windows 2000, I thought that XP might be an improvement over Windows 2K, but I feel that that is not the case. I immediately had trouble when I "upgraded" to XP. I have a non-Intel motherboard and my USB mouse didn't work. I had installed and got everything working in Windows 2000, but once I saw how much of a hassle XP was going to be I stopped and reverted to my Win2000 installation that was working perfectly before hand.

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1 Star Review   By member whychip - Feb 10, 2002   

Strengths: It can run games that you can't run in Unix, Half-life etc...

Weakness: It is windoze!

Don't be so damn lazy people and try another operating system. I recommend any of the BSDs especially OpenBSD! Give it a try you won't regret.

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4 Star Review   By member texaswillie - Feb 9, 2002   

Strengths: Lots of new features over 98. Fast to close progam and PC. Easier than previous versions to use. Great colors.New features that one can work with photos and pictures.

Weakness: A real pain to have to update a lot of drivers that don't come with XP.Also a lot of software on the shelves, including some older software on my PC won't work well and may not work at all with XP.

In summary XP is well worth the price and hassell in having to get driver updates.I have found that you really need a good processor, lots of memory and a large hard drive. In other words don't try to use on an older PC. It will be frustrating.

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4 Star Review   By member sabbz1986 - Feb 6, 2002   

Strengths: Stable, can run almost all Windows 9x/ME software titles, online activation not as hard as it seems.

Weakness: Product Activation, cartoonish GUI, doesn't offer as much customization, no MS-DOS mode

When XP came out, I wasn't really wanting to upgrade, opting to stick with my familiar Windows 98 system. But when that same computer started giving me incomprehensible error messages and more frequent Blue Screens of Death, I knew I had to get a newer computer, and an more stable OS (do the words "Windows" and "stable" *really* belong in the same sentence together?). So, I took a look at XP, and basically knew I had to get it. So far, it's pretty much lived up to its hype, and [dare I say] the product activation was relatively painless. So far, I've only had to do a couple system restores (one of them was really unnecessary to begin with), and it hasn't crashed once. But since this is Windows we're talking about, there still is much to be desired.

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5 Star Review   By member paulpuddles - Jan 31, 2002   

Strengths: great os fun easy

Weakness: the activation hype

well not much i can say but if your friend has it have them make a copy of the cd, or use the cd and install it. when asked if you would like to register press skip. i have installed this os on like 10 computers.

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1 Star Review   By member sauerland222 - Jan 30, 2002   

Strengths: I don't know, I haven't been able to get it to upgrade my system yet, it keeps locking up.

Weakness: Locking up during installation

I will try a clean install tonight and see what happens. Now I have to write blah blah blah to get this posted, I bought a new hard drive since XP kinda messed up my other one which was only 10G so I bought a 40 for 68 bucks, pricewatch.com is good for something.

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1 Star Review   By member berewoof - Jan 15, 2002   

Strengths: Great interface and very stable.

Weakness: Search function is weak and confusing. Built-in Help system is a total joke - many obvious ommissions and wrong instructions.

WinXP is Microsoft's most "control-issue" OS yet. The auto-configure feature that monitors what you do and how you work, and tries to second-guess you, is a SCREAMING pain in the ***. It's always moving and hiding files and menu items, and changing check-boxes. Little pop-up baloons are everywhere. First they're irritating, then infuriating. I've heard many horror stories about having to re-activate and being put through hell. If you have to use a PC stick with Win98SE or 2000Pro. Otherwise there are too many other better alternatives out there.

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3 Star Review   By member philmore46 - Jan 3, 2002   

Strengths: Great OS, much better than 95,98,and Me

Weakness: If you plan on logging onto a network - don't get this one they took the option out

If I was a home user I would probably buy this version. As long as you don't log onto to a network you'll be a happy camper.

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3 Star Review   By member XP12345 - Dec 28, 2001   

Strengths: pretty stable, good user interface. nice look.

Weakness: driver incompatabilities, hardware recognition

The installation went pretty well, but all my drivers are screwed. I had EZ CD Creator 4 and downloaded the (aledged) patch, still didn't work. it's pretty good, stable, but my computer crashed yesterday after coming out of standby. i downloaded that patch too... seems to have fixed that problem. i like the look that microsoft gave it, and easier user switching is a big help. when you think about all the patches and bugs in XP, you'd start to think we're all Beta-testers, eh?

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1 Star Review   By member chaim - Dec 21, 2001   

Strengths: box makes great door stop

Weakness: product is a worthless piece of crap. bill, you should be shamed

crashes machine, pc is useless, activation is a pain. mircosoft is a money grabbing corporate hog. you have to be an idiot to buy this. you will regreat is if you install this totally worthless OS. Linux is a million times better.

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4 Star Review   By member bigkirk99 - Dec 4, 2001   

Strengths: not too many system crashes,nice meadia player.

Weakness: activation code,too security minded

Windows xp is a really good system once you download drivers from the websites to fix all of the bugs. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

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