Microsoft Windows XP Professional w/ SP1

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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.
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Best operating system from all i ever use
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Easy to install, easy to understand and easy to use

Weakness: Graphics

Windows XP Pro is still the best operating system that doesn't hog memory and rarely crashes. I picked up an OEM copy at Tveak for $59.99.

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Microsoft Windows XP Professional Dell disc
4 Star Review   By member alkimball1 - Dec 23, 2010   

Weakness: lots

It requires that it be activated. Microsoft says it is a pirated software and won't activate the software. all internet addresses inputed come up saying no key for active activation. It also says that there is 30 days to activate. After that I hope that the machine won't quit working, I went back to restore to before installing this version and there is no restore back. I had to pick one star but I would pick no stars if I had the choice. The version sent to me was a Dell reinstallation cd for distribution only with a new dell pc. I wanted to upgrade to pro from home edition to facilitate networking for a tax program for 2010. update 12/30/10 I finally got the program to activate, so I am happy with the purchase. I think that the install process somehow messed up the internet explorer (I had version 6). I went on another computer and downloaded internet explorer 7 and installed it on the machine I was having the problem with and it automatically updated to version 8. When I went to the reconnect to internet process, the internet worked fine and I was then able to activate the windows XP Pro.

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Windows XP Professional
1 Star Review   By member jfl36 - Jun 7, 2007   

Strengths: shipped quickly

Weakness: The product did not pass Microsofts validation test.

This is not acceptable. i will not accept software that is not validated by the manufacturer. with this copy of Windows XP you cannot receive updates etc. this product should not be sold.

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This is a great product
4 Star Review   By member Anonymous - Oct 8, 2005   

Strengths: Very stable. Fast reboot.

Weakness: However, my reboot is not as fast as other reboots I have seen on other pc's. I think it may be my computer.

I use this product on my laptop and my desktop pc at home. I have found it to be very stable on both with less times rebooting. Also, I have notice that my overall pc performance is faster.

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5 Star Review   By member lakotawolf - May 24, 2005   

Strengths: Reasonably priced, fast shipping, a powerful and versatile tool.

Weakness: None that I can think of. Windows XP Professional is one outstanding operating system.

Windows XP Professional is a versatile tool to use in today's world or working with computers. It is straight forward and easy to use. It is built on NT technology, but incorporated back into the realm of a Windows Desktop environment. I have found Windows XP to be a much better product than I originally antipipated when XP was first released. I am very happy with XP, and do not see myself using any other OS for quite some time.

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5 Star Review   By member rbrtmuhamm - Nov 19, 2004   

Strengths: Has incredibly large database of drivers

Weakness: Activation

Purchased my copy from www.salesintl.com received order quickly works perfectly. Have been running on my system now for about 6 months and i love it. Much better than windows ME. Best operating system ever!!

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3 Star Review   By member SecurityOne - Oct 26, 2004   

Strengths: The O.S. itself works quite well for small businesses that do not have any other office software. It does have a few additional programs built in that will aid in uploading personal web pages, as well.

Weakness: Too many added files that not all people would need, therefore I would recommend XP Home Edition Instead.

I would also like to try and help clarify some of the questions that some store front sellers are encountering in regards to the XP Pro CD that is primarily intended to be installed on a DELL sytem. I personally build computers part-time and I happen to have a full version of the above mentioned installation CD. I have had no problems in installing this O.S. onto a custom built pc that is definitely not a DELL. This CD states that it is a reinstallation CD. It also states that it is supposed to be only for reinstallation of the operating system on a DELL. It also states that it is not for reinstallation of programs or drivers. However, as I stated previously, I have this version installed on a non-DELL system, that I built myself. The only problem that I can recall was I had to insert the disc a second time so that I could enter the COA key. Since then I have added, at different times, the service pack 1 software and the service pack 2 software. If you do not have these on disc, you can download them for free, directly from Microsoft Corporation or you can go onto their website and order a free copy, on CD to be sent to you at no charge. As far as I am aware, Microsoft will only send out the SP2 disc at this time and I believe that you have to be a US resident to get if for free but do not quote me on that statement.

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2 Star Review   By member dialate - Oct 19, 2004   

Strengths: Better looking than previous versions of Windows, faster boot time than Windows 2000, Nice multi-user support.

Weakness: Slower than Windows 98, default install is a gaping security wound, very sensitive to hardware glitches. Not very good with cutting edge hardware. Very poor network performance with older Windows.

The boot time is quite fast compared to Windows 2000 on the same machine. It boots slightly slower than Windows 98. It looks nicer, and has better anti-aliased fonts than previous Windows. The dialog for login is nice, with a click based user selection rather than typing in. Overall, the interface is as fast as Windows 2000, slower than Windows 98, but with more options and eyecandy. Unless you have a hardware firewall, you will need to install unplugged from the internet. Otherwise, a worm/virus will find its way on before it is even done installing, as it did with me. Once installed, you can activate the built-in firewall, and then plug in and run Windows Update safely. Windows XP carries on and intensifies the NT/2000 tradition of being fickle with hardware. Quick processor/motherboard errors and power glitches, where Windows 98 and unix-based OSes you would not notice, or give you a recoverable blue-screen, XP will reboot the machine without warning. Really new hardware, such as SATA harddrives, tend to lead to unstable results. If you have a home network, with all XP machines, networking is as you would expect. But, if you have XP machines and older Windows machines or Samba machines, getting the computers to talk to eachother is an excercise in futility. While this version works fairly good for a recent merger of the Windows NT and Windows 98 paradigms, if you're looking to upgrade, I'd wait till the next Windows comes out, in 2006 or so, when hopefully all the wrinkles are ironed out. You should upgrade if: -You are running Windows 95 -You are running Windows NT -You have a modern system running Windows 95 or NT You should not upgrade if: -You are running Windows 98/2000 -You have an old system -You like/need old Windows programs/DOS games

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5 Star Review   By member meaton - Aug 30, 2004   

my current is window 98 so if, i buy new window xp professional cd download will work it or not? that means my old win.98 to change new win. xp will help new window xp professional cd download work it or not? let me know about it. thank you.

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4 Star Review   By member sesgia - Mar 19, 2004   

Strengths: is good and long lasting

Weakness: the hacker know the structure of the xp is useless to protect your self

i have the os at home and i have ask hacker to test the Security and it turn out it is so easy to destory the system for ex: the hard drive crash and it was beyond repair need to send to magf to replace

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Product Details
Description
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.
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Product Title Microsoft Windows XP Professional w/ SP1
Manufacturer Microsoft
Power Score 3.6 | 73 Reviews
Software
Min License Size: 1 user(s)
Version / Edition: Professional Edition
Max License Size: 1 CAL(s)
System Requirements
Required Disk Space: 1.5 GB
System Requirements: To use Microsoft? Windows XP you need: Computer/Processor: PC with 300 MHz or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233 MHz minimum required (single or dual processor system);* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, or AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended Memory: 128 MB of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features) Hard Disk: Minimum: 1.5 GB of available hard disk space Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install. Additional available hard-disk space may be required if you are installing over a network. For more information, please see www.microsoft.com/windowsxp. Drive: CD-ROM or DVD drive Display: Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher resolution video adapter and monitor For DVD video playback: DVD drive and DVD decoder card or DVD decoder software & 8 MB of video RAM For Windows Movie Maker: Video capture feature requires appropriate digital or analog video capture device & 400 MHz or higher processor for digital video camera capture Peripherals: Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device Note: To ensure that your applications and hardware are Windows XP-ready, please check www.microsoft.com/windows/catalog/. Miscellaneous: For Internet access: Some Internet functionality may require Internet access, a Microsoft .NET Passport account, and payment of a separate fee to a service provider; local and/or long-distance telephone toll charges may apply; 14.4 Kbps or higher-speed modem For networking: Network adapter appropriate for the type of local-area, wide-area, wireless, or home network you wish to connect to, and access to an appropriate network infrastructure; access to third-party networks may require additional charges For instant messaging, voice and video conferencing, and application sharing, both parties need: Microsoft .NET Passport account and Internet access or Exchange 2000 Server instant messaging account and network access (some configurations may require download of additional components) For voice and video conferencing, both parties also need: 33.6 Kbps or higher-speed modem, or a network connection; Microphone and sound card with speakers or headset Addtional system Requirements (Miscellaneous section): For video conferencing, both parties also need: Video conferencing camera; Windows XP For application sharing, both parties also need: 33.6 Kbps or higher-speed modem, or a network connection; Windows XP For remote assistance: Both parties must be running Windows XP and be connected by a network For remote desktop: Windows 95 or later-based computer, and the two machines must be connected by a network
Required Memory: 64 MB
Required Processor Speed: 233 MHz
Recommended System Requirements
Recommended Processor Speed: 300 MHz
Recommended Memory: 128 MB
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User Reviews
Best operating system from all i ever use
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Easy to install, easy to understand and easy to use

Weakness: Graphics

Windows XP Pro is still the best operating system that doesn't hog memory and rarely crashes. I picked up an OEM copy at Tveak for $59.99.

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4 Star Review   By member alkimball1 - Dec 23, 2010   

Weakness: lots

It requires that it be activated. Microsoft says it is a pirated software and won't activate the software. all internet addresses inputed come up saying no key for active activation. It also says that there is 30 days to activate. After that I hope that the machine won't quit working, I went back to restore to before installing this version and there is no restore back. I had to pick one star but I would pick no stars if I had the choice. The version sent to me was a Dell reinstallation cd for distribution only with a new dell pc. I wanted to upgrade to pro from home edition to facilitate networking for a tax program for 2010. update 12/30/10 I finally got the program to activate, so I am happy with the purchase. I think that the install process somehow messed up the internet explorer (I had version 6). I went on another computer and downloaded internet explorer 7 and installed it on the machine I was having the problem with and it automatically updated to version 8. When I went to the reconnect to internet process, the internet worked fine and I was then able to activate the windows XP Pro.

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Windows XP Professional
1 Star Review   By member jfl36 - Jun 7, 2007   

Strengths: shipped quickly

Weakness: The product did not pass Microsofts validation test.

This is not acceptable. i will not accept software that is not validated by the manufacturer. with this copy of Windows XP you cannot receive updates etc. this product should not be sold.

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This is a great product
4 Star Review   By member Anonymous - Oct 8, 2005   

Strengths: Very stable. Fast reboot.

Weakness: However, my reboot is not as fast as other reboots I have seen on other pc's. I think it may be my computer.

I use this product on my laptop and my desktop pc at home. I have found it to be very stable on both with less times rebooting. Also, I have notice that my overall pc performance is faster.

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5 Star Review   By member lakotawolf - May 24, 2005   

Strengths: Reasonably priced, fast shipping, a powerful and versatile tool.

Weakness: None that I can think of. Windows XP Professional is one outstanding operating system.

Windows XP Professional is a versatile tool to use in today's world or working with computers. It is straight forward and easy to use. It is built on NT technology, but incorporated back into the realm of a Windows Desktop environment. I have found Windows XP to be a much better product than I originally antipipated when XP was first released. I am very happy with XP, and do not see myself using any other OS for quite some time.

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5 Star Review   By member rbrtmuhamm - Nov 19, 2004   

Strengths: Has incredibly large database of drivers

Weakness: Activation

Purchased my copy from www.salesintl.com received order quickly works perfectly. Have been running on my system now for about 6 months and i love it. Much better than windows ME. Best operating system ever!!

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3 Star Review   By member SecurityOne - Oct 26, 2004   

Strengths: The O.S. itself works quite well for small businesses that do not have any other office software. It does have a few additional programs built in that will aid in uploading personal web pages, as well.

Weakness: Too many added files that not all people would need, therefore I would recommend XP Home Edition Instead.

I would also like to try and help clarify some of the questions that some store front sellers are encountering in regards to the XP Pro CD that is primarily intended to be installed on a DELL sytem. I personally build computers part-time and I happen to have a full version of the above mentioned installation CD. I have had no problems in installing this O.S. onto a custom built pc that is definitely not a DELL. This CD states that it is a reinstallation CD. It also states that it is supposed to be only for reinstallation of the operating system on a DELL. It also states that it is not for reinstallation of programs or drivers. However, as I stated previously, I have this version installed on a non-DELL system, that I built myself. The only problem that I can recall was I had to insert the disc a second time so that I could enter the COA key. Since then I have added, at different times, the service pack 1 software and the service pack 2 software. If you do not have these on disc, you can download them for free, directly from Microsoft Corporation or you can go onto their website and order a free copy, on CD to be sent to you at no charge. As far as I am aware, Microsoft will only send out the SP2 disc at this time and I believe that you have to be a US resident to get if for free but do not quote me on that statement.

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2 Star Review   By member dialate - Oct 19, 2004   

Strengths: Better looking than previous versions of Windows, faster boot time than Windows 2000, Nice multi-user support.

Weakness: Slower than Windows 98, default install is a gaping security wound, very sensitive to hardware glitches. Not very good with cutting edge hardware. Very poor network performance with older Windows.

The boot time is quite fast compared to Windows 2000 on the same machine. It boots slightly slower than Windows 98. It looks nicer, and has better anti-aliased fonts than previous Windows. The dialog for login is nice, with a click based user selection rather than typing in. Overall, the interface is as fast as Windows 2000, slower than Windows 98, but with more options and eyecandy. Unless you have a hardware firewall, you will need to install unplugged from the internet. Otherwise, a worm/virus will find its way on before it is even done installing, as it did with me. Once installed, you can activate the built-in firewall, and then plug in and run Windows Update safely. Windows XP carries on and intensifies the NT/2000 tradition of being fickle with hardware. Quick processor/motherboard errors and power glitches, where Windows 98 and unix-based OSes you would not notice, or give you a recoverable blue-screen, XP will reboot the machine without warning. Really new hardware, such as SATA harddrives, tend to lead to unstable results. If you have a home network, with all XP machines, networking is as you would expect. But, if you have XP machines and older Windows machines or Samba machines, getting the computers to talk to eachother is an excercise in futility. While this version works fairly good for a recent merger of the Windows NT and Windows 98 paradigms, if you're looking to upgrade, I'd wait till the next Windows comes out, in 2006 or so, when hopefully all the wrinkles are ironed out. You should upgrade if: -You are running Windows 95 -You are running Windows NT -You have a modern system running Windows 95 or NT You should not upgrade if: -You are running Windows 98/2000 -You have an old system -You like/need old Windows programs/DOS games

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5 Star Review   By member meaton - Aug 30, 2004   

my current is window 98 so if, i buy new window xp professional cd download will work it or not? that means my old win.98 to change new win. xp will help new window xp professional cd download work it or not? let me know about it. thank you.

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4 Star Review   By member sesgia - Mar 19, 2004   

Strengths: is good and long lasting

Weakness: the hacker know the structure of the xp is useless to protect your self

i have the os at home and i have ask hacker to test the Security and it turn out it is so easy to destory the system for ex: the hard drive crash and it was beyond repair need to send to magf to replace

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4 Star Review   By member jefffann - Feb 8, 2004   

Strengths: Support for loads of memory...many features included so extra software not needed.System restore a plus for mistakes.

Weakness: Doesn't work that great on machines with anemic processors and small amounts of ram.

If you have a new generation machine get it you won't be disappointed. If you want to use old hardware and software chances are you will be disappointed.If you have the latter money is better spent on something other than an o.s.

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1 Star Review   By member jggriffin - Jan 27, 2004   

Weakness: Hangs on shutdown, hangs on explorer, total memory hog

DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY OR YOUR TIME ON THIS TOTALY WORTHLESS PRODUCT. Search Google for xp pro problems. If you still purchase it after realizing the hundreds of complaints, you are a fool.

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4 Star Review   By member MRPointy - Jan 13, 2004   

Strengths: Looks Better than win98. No Blue Screens so far

Weakness: Locked up once. Had trouble reinstalling NAV which ended up in me catching the blaster worm.

I've only had this three days but i've only had one crash that wasnt virus induced. Had to look on this site to find out how to actually get the pc to shut off without pressing the power button.

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4 Star Review   By member ps90000 - Dec 30, 2003   

Strengths: new look, stable, and very appealing

Weakness: very compatible with drivers

you know, i like how people mock microsoft, and yet, they use there products still. tell me how can someone say "oh, i hate it, i am never going to use it again" and yet they do. Do you know why its so expensive? because that's the only whack microsoft is taking at your wallet, with apple, they can sell their utilities and software for cheap (even though its not) because theyre getting 100% of the money. (besides how much goes to the reseller) and its so compatible because they know what is going in it, how hard is it to make software for an apple computer, when you make the WHOLE thing, the drivers, the software, everything. With microsoft, its like shooting a shot gun, you make the basis, and the companies follow it, if the companies dont follow it, then the software wont work, how is that microsofts fault? its not, and im getting mad at people saying it sucks. Apple's prices are high for obvious reasons, only 10% of the computing world uses it. Why does the Microsoft family have so many secuirty alerts/threats? because the other ~90% (including linux and others, but I dont know the numbers) uses it in the computing world. NOTHING IS PERFECT, SUCK IT UP. and people are talking like they could make a better operating system, all i have to say, is GO DO IT THEN, or else quit mocking microsoft.

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1 Star Review   By member petard - Dec 14, 2003   

Strengths: runs most software written for Windows operating systems

Weakness: cluttered interface, unintuitive, unstable, insecure, overpriced

If you are absolutely required to run Windows, and you are unable to acquire a copy of Windows 2000, purchase Windows XP professional. Be very careful to stay up to date with patches, and use alternative software where possible to maximize security and reliability. It is absolutely unsuitable for server use.

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5 Star Review   By member tbertea - Dec 6, 2003   

Strengths: it works just fine, both 32-bit versions. it recognizes all my devices, old and new, scsi and ide. runs smooth. best os i have used, the only one i'm using currently. why not xp?

Weakness: i am no industry pro, hence i cannot see any. while i do see the need for a perfect os, i understand it doesn't exist, otherwise why is not everybody using that perfect os, why this mumbo-jumbo?

i do not buy software while it is still available for free. over the past 10 years i have installed on my home pc's win 3.1, 95, 98, nt, me, 2000, mandrake 9, xp home, xp pro. none of them i have purchased. i was just eager for better, faster, crispier. the faster applications are written in assembly, the rest are slow anyway (ie. photoshop 7 loads slow), even for dual p4 with tons of ram and cheetah hard drives. i like windows, stolen by bill gates or not, mainly due to the fact that drove hardware prices down, from way, way up. remember the tag price in 1990 for the up and coming gateway 2000? it was cheap at 2 g's. mac is stil up there, linux has an ugly gui, and who wants unix's command line to type with a single hand, the glass or cigarette being mandatory. i am defitely not a keyboard type of person, i want to click on links. nt was stable but hard to configure, xp is stable and easy, linux is ugly (although just as good as xp) unix is hard and mac is expensive. i'd love to put osx on pc. it appears it doesn't work that way. by absence of competitors, winxp wins. welcome to tijuana, brethern.

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5 Star Review   By member alexgsummer - Nov 19, 2003   

Strengths: Very stable, Easy to navigate, Nice looking GUI, and everything about it is wonderful.

Weakness: Lack of some drivers.

I can't believe how many people criticize Windows XP in this review. It is the opposite of everything they say. Although it is very expensive, you have no choice is you want compatible software and a very stable OS.

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4 Star Review   By member milo290 - Nov 13, 2003   

Strengths: All those really cool features (eg integrated fax, narrator, movie maker. The cool new interface, start up speeds, user accounts

Weakness: Some compatibility issues with non-ms software and hardware, esentially just a jazzed up version of win 2000 pro

Hey, what can i say easily the best windows version so far, ive expeperienced many microsoft os's (3.1, 95, 98, ME, & 2000) and have found this the one to be most trouble free, I upgraded from windows me and havent even thought about going back since!! vive la Xperience dont even think about ME, just thinking about it makes me feel ill!

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5 Star Review   By member Shockdown - Oct 19, 2003   

Strengths: Easily accessable by even the most computer illiterate people out there, very reliable stability, and more integration and support for more programs than any other OS out there.

Weakness: Security issues which have been addressed via updates, and the older MSDOS compatibility has finally been thouroughly thrashed entirely.

This OS is currently unbeatable when it comes to compatibility and stability. If you have stability problems, it's your hardware. I have been running this system for 3 years since XP was first introduced without a single format, and only one defragmentation (yes, very bad but yet no performance effected at all) and I use this system for all of my needs every single day. The reason I have yet to format is due to laziness, and I intend to do so shortly, but the fact I have run my system this long with the OEM installation and had no problems or issues with anything with MANY hardware updates says something. The ONLY bluescreen I have encountered is that of an attempted upgrade with some RAM, which was incompatible with my system and corrected by the manufacturer; no problems or bluescreens since. You Linux and Mac people don't realize that Microsoft has gotten where it is today through its programs, and this is one of them. Cursing Microsoft is no different than cursing a Starbucks for having such good coffee that it takes the business from other retailers. Capitalism: our country was founded on it.

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4 Star Review   By member Cadmanti - Sep 4, 2003   

Strengths: Networking capabilities, compressed file recognition (don't need WinZip), and several other bells and whistles.

Weakness: Lack of registered drivers with MS, if it says that the driver will cause your system to be unstable, beleive it, why issue a driver for XP to support a piece of hardware but not have it approved?

Well, this is a pretty good operating system and all you guys that think its not, get yourself a copy of 3.1 and load it back on your PC and see what you can do with it then, LOL. Most of you Bill Gates haters need to realize that Windows is a very well oiled OS. So, don't blame the OS for your total lack of knowledge of operating systems period. If you expect to load it up and have it work perfectly then your living in a dream world NO MATTER what OS you are talking about. Last time I checked there were a lot of patches and downloads for Mac too. The lack of updated XP drivers has to fall back on the hardware manufacturers, NOT Microsoft. The hardware manufacturers should not issue a driver for ANY OS unless they have Beta tested it COMPLETELY before release, bottom line.

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5 Star Review   By member AlexanderAkulick - Aug 14, 2003   

Strengths: All of its features

Weakness: No more than any other OS when used by in-experienced people.

I have read the good and the cheesy comments here and I USE multiple Windows and Linux OS platforms as well as others without problem. This is a very user-friendly software and one of the easiest to use even for a beginner. It is the most compliant system for hardware recognition and installation, having more imbedded drivers than any other OS. It has been designed to become a part of your entertainment and work environment and it does so. With over 30 yrs. computer experience I can speak with authority when I say, "This is a good product and well worth the price and time not only for a new system but even for an upgrade of an older OS.".

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5 Star Review   By member rorybiggs - Aug 3, 2003   

Strengths: This system, if updated often, fixes itself. Good professional operating system.

Weakness: Restricks old DOS communications type programs.

I've had Xperience with all of MSs OS's and XP pro is the best. Stable, good format and can be made to look like the 98 series (for those users during training). The error reporting was great for fixing and stablizing the older gaming programs. The activation setup is cool, you can give the OS to someone else and they can use it for a 30 day trial before they have to buy a license. The remote assistance is great when attempting to help a non-as-XPerienced user.

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4 Star Review   By member naushad_iba - Jun 24, 2003   

Strengths: Stable, hardware compatibility, easy installation, easy maintanance, system restore, easy updating

Weakness: Buggy, Windows Messenger can not be uninstalled (even after uninstalling, it pops up), product activation, some hardware never work

I have ready almost all the reviews here on Windows XP. Some seemed upset, because they could not make it work properly, and some seemed over joyed by simople matters. As for me, I have been working with computers for a long time and used 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, and Linux (Red Hat 7.1 to 9). It seemed to me, it is the most user friendly OS till date. Red Hat 9 definitely is more powerful, but still it did not seem that user friendly. XP does not provide much technical improvements over Windows 2000, but it does make it look better. Good error reporting and updating tools impressed me. As a power user, it seemed XP is the best OS from Microsoft till date - with the stability of Windows 2000 and NT, and added friendliness. All my hardware - old and new, worked fine.

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5 Star Review   By member AMDfan - Jun 14, 2003   

Strengths: Very stable. Very fast. Very good at handling lots of tasks simultaneously. New programs such as Movie Maker. Hardware recognition. Ease of creating/accessing/managing multiple accounts on one PC

Weakness: Uses lots of memory (but is good at utilizing virtual memory). Too many Automatic Updates (why weren't they included in the software to begin with?)

I love XP Pro. I run a 700 Mhz AMD Athlon with 192 MB of memory and can do everything fine (assuming I utilize the virtual memory). I did have all sorts of problems on my previous OS--even though I was connected to the internet I couldn't access any webpages, my computer quit recognizing I have an A:--all sorts of major problems. I installed XP and EVERYTHING worked perfectly. I have had to reinstall it once, but so far it has greatly surpassed all other versions of Windows that I have used. **It is very important to make sure you computer is capable of running XP before you put it on. NO computer will be stable or reliable when asked to do things it wasn't designed to do. That's common sense. XP Professional is a huge step in the right direction for Microsoft. I was so close to throwing my computer out but getting XP saved me a lot of money and I am very thankful!

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5 Star Review   By member StealthLD - May 24, 2003   

Strengths: Best Microsoft Operating system to date. Very fast performance. Very customizable.

Weakness: I had to tweak a bit but its right where I want it performance wise.

To all the old school Mac, Linux children out there complaining. Just because a multi billion dollar company makes a high performance, easy to use operating system doesnt mean you have to be jealous or bitter about it. I know its honorable to support the under dog. But either upgrade your cheap hardware junk to new stuff or STFU. Nough said.

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3 Star Review   By member Sade - Apr 29, 2003   

Strengths: Better than win98, ME, 95 and 3.xx

Weakness: Plustek and Visoneer Scanner, ATI videocard,and Soundblaster live 1024 operable in 98 now are erratic or do not work in XP.

Eagerly awaiting on Longhorn... but I am sure it will take until April 2005 to come out with Service Packs to fix glitches overlooked before marketing to the public.

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1 Star Review   By member Vic_Ferrari - Mar 21, 2003   

Strengths: Well worth the $25.00 I spent at a Warez CD site based in Bosnia after paying full price for the XP Home version here.

Weakness: The whole "XPerience." The absolute limit in the reverse engineering of every Mac OS since Win 3.1 has been reached.

I would rate this product right up there with Win 98 First Edition and Access 1.0 as disasterous failures. Needless to say, every bad thing written here about both versions of XP in previous reviews have come true. The critical update only made XP marginally better. I have since went back to Win 2000 Pro when I bought a new Western Digital hard drive and formatted the previous drive with XP. That drive is now a slave to process my digital videos. My advice is to revert back to either Win 98 SE or Win 2000 Pro, but not Win ME. It's no wonder Bill Gates' net worth lost $16 billion in the past three years, but who cares when you still have $40 billion to go in a down economy.

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5 Star Review   By member DanFraser - Mar 21, 2003   

Strengths: Incredibly stable, ease of use, fast, did i mention stable?

Weakness: webpage responsiveness is a little laggy over a network.

I like how the people who dont put their experience slate this product. Yes, ok, its Win2k just coloured up and little bits changed. Blue screens of Death ARE HARDWARE FAULTS, they are displayed by your motherboard when something goes wrong. If you have stable hardware, then this OS is great. It is good for gaming, networking, and everything else. People that have problems with this OS dont kno how to use an OS of this calibre, not to say that XP Home/Pro is difficult to use. Once you just have a look around on the net and realise there is a couple of EASY things to do, this operating system is the best made by Microsoft, yes even beating 2k! My server which holds my webspace, and virtually everything a server does, has been running for over two months now (and others have had it going non-stop for over six months), no restarts, no shutdowns, not even a UPS to prevent failure. THATS how stable this OS is. If you want an OS that is easy to use, allows you to do anything, stable as a rock (as long as your hardware is up to scratch on stability) then get XP Home for a single computer, or XP Pro for a computer that will be on a network. And if you do have problems, (which isnt gonna be likely) then ALL problems are within easy reach of a quick fix in the guise of Windows Support/Updates! As long as you dont have archaic hardware, youll be fine. You dont need loads of ram, thats just folklore about Windows OSes. Oops, ran out of space!

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1 Star Review   By member RichardCraneum - Mar 10, 2003   

Strengths: None.

Weakness: Same as W2K pro

This OS is over inflated and over rated. I use W2K ( Windows NT 5.0) at work on my IT job and I will not purchase this OS even for free, at least is better than ME. I used before and is messed up how MS remodel the house, move the furniture from one place to other, a fresh coat of paint, still the same old house and sell it over priced! The best OS ever produced by MS is W2K Pro (NT with PnP and cosmetic features) no questions ask. By the way... How do you get rid of that stupid dog during search? I do not recomend this OS to no one. If you want a cleaner one get W2K and you will see the different. By the way Win XP is Windows NT 5.1

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1 Star Review   By member Tyco - Mar 10, 2003   

Strengths: Easy to install, hardware easily recognized.

Weakness: Bugs galore--too many.

Windows XP is a terrible nuisance because if you fail to defragment it, or if it crashes too many times you will encounter, upon boot-up, a blue screen reading: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME. This error is very dangerous to the contents on your hard-drive and may make them unrecoverable (happened to many of my colleagues). Forget this Windows version, folks, if you value your data. Enough said.

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1 Star Review   By member alwali - Mar 8, 2003   

Strengths: Recognition of hardware during installation.

Weakness: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME: what a nightmare! Registration, VERY buggy--lockup city, CHEEZY GUI. WIN XP barely rates as Beta...

There is a reason the US State Department and all other government branches use WIN 2000 Pro and refuse to upgrade. Because 2000 is stable! WINXP gets burned like a scarecrow by something as little as a fragmented HD, and a few faulty shutdowns (XP's fault btw) Beware the UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME Blue Screen of Death. (type it into GOOGLE and see what comes up--you'll be running for cover from this OS) Microsoft claims this error is "by design". But guess what? I couldn't access my files ever again! Couldn't even get to a dos prompt! Microsoft is lucky they haven't gotten sued for this! I would sue them myself if I knew they didn't have at least 10,000 shyster lawyers on their side--the very best money can buy! In short XP pro has too many bugs: judging from the # of lockups/blue screens, the code for XP is undoubtedly like my brother's written-the-night-before term papers for his freshmen Polysci courses: absolute fluff. Save your files, money, and dignity and stick with WIN 2000!

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2 Star Review   By member zerocool8 - Jan 20, 2003   

Strengths: Versatility. Relatively stable. Solid.

Weakness: It's Windows. And it's made from the Evil Empire, Microsoft. Thusly, it's incredibly overpriced and has too many Microsoft products and services built in. Activation.

Not something I would buy. I use it on my current computer, and while it works okay, it's basically a fluffed up verison of Windows 2000 Professional. Don't believe me? Then why are they priced the same? And it does have its share of bugs. What's Microsoft's real motto? "Take old bugs out, put new bugs in." However, it's not really like you have much of a choice...for most users, the Home Edition will be more than fine. However, due to the way XP was coded, Microsoft is basically forcing you to use as many Microsoft products as possible, as compatibility issues can occur if you try to use non-Microsoft products.

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5 Star Review   By member CompBoss - Jan 5, 2003   

Strengths: Installed fast and works great. All you could ask for in a OS.

Weakness: None so far.

This operating system installed easily and works well to date. Have not had the same problems with PRO that I have had with HOME. I recommend to spend the little extra and go with the XP PRO. Has a few more doodads than the HOME version, but seem identical in workings.

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4 Star Review   By member d_clough - Dec 19, 2002   

Strengths: Very Stable, easy to use, and refined

Weakness: Draconian licensing policy

I'm very pleased with this operation system overall, having been subjected to years of re-installing Windows 95, 98, and ME. Without anyone paying me to say it, and only that irritating crack of the whip from this black-hooded figure with a 'Microsoft, the Evil Empire' T-Shirt in here forcing me to write this review - I daresay that XP is actually fast and powerful - a pleasure to use. I most often use XP's remote desktop service to connect to my WIN2000 PC at work, but I also do my share of gaming, streaming media, and web-surfing. Be warned, however, that there IS a more than slight difference between the home edition and the pro edition. The pro edition gives you all sorts of TCP/IP server features, such as a whole IIS infrastructure for hosting your own interactive web-sites, and the ability to connect FROM a remote computer. Although many people will never miss these things, those of us who will are better off to just get the pro edition. Also, Microsoft needs to put the control over the licensing of this software back into the users' hands. I should only have to buy one copy of this software for my household - and the last thing I should have to worry about when re-installing it (which again, I haven't had to do) is whether Microsoft is going to give me permission.

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4 Star Review   By member megahurts - Nov 27, 2002   

Strengths: Better than previous versions. User interface structure is more "fluid". Many more features like Remote Assistance, Remote Access(Profess. ver. only), multiple user capability with fast switching.

Weakness: Bill Gates! Lengthy setup proccess.

As much as I hate to say it.....I love this new edition! Although it can be a nussance to get your old programs to run efficiently, there is a simple cure! Go out and buy the WINDOWS XP INSIDE OUT DELUX EDITION. Don't be scared of the size of this book, it's packed with tons of priceless info., even for the expert user. I highly reccomend this book to use as a ref., or even bathroom reading.....trust me it contains lots of extras, including a service pack for xp and other cool software. P.S.> if you can't get your hardware to cooperate with xp go to the hardware manufacturer's website and download current drivers, this is a very easy fix!MEGAHURTS

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1 Star Review   By member radagast - Nov 25, 2002   

Strengths: It's works. Apparently. Partly.

Weakness: It's Windows.

This has to be the most miserable version of Windows yet in installing and registering it. I feel like my soul now belongs to Bill Gates. The installation process of a new version of Windows is never fun. This easily got first place. But it's the registration process I really hate. I bought the product and I have no interest in registering it so that Bill Gates knows everything he wants to know about me. I don't want a "Passport" account but everything is geared towards forcing me to sign up (with a little caution and attention you can avoid it). It's bad enough I have to buy this operating system, but having to go through the install process and then registration is even worse. And when I got it installed my 18 month old printer doesn't work. I still haven't figured out if my digital camera will work (it doesn't look like it). I'm definitely switching to Linux or a Mac the next time around. I've had it up to here with Bill Gates and his minions. Have installed Windows 3.1, 95, 98, and 2k in the past. Am (unfortunately) not a newbie. How does it work? It's new. I've barely used it. I wish I didn't have to use it at all. Spent most of a Sunday with installation and registration then setting all my choices for this and that. There has to be a better way than Windows. I think it's probably the Mac. If I want to do this much work I'll switch to Linux. My last PC with Windows. Bought the "pro" version. I wish I'd just stuck with Win2K Pro.

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5 Star Review   By member thenetworkpro - Nov 11, 2002   

Strengths: VERY Stable, gaming fantastic, great UI for beginners, fast bootup and shutdown. Networking easy.

Weakness: Installation takes too long but worth it.

As a network admin, I absolutely LOVE this OS. I have never had a crash. Games that would barley run on my Win2k AMD 333 256MB RAM machine not only ran but performed very well with XP. I am used to dealing with less than skilled users and I am getting a great response to the new user interface. Everything seems to be laid out very logically and is easy to find. Bootup and shutdown are lightning fast! Huge improvement over Win2k. Networking with XP is a pleasure. I love the new additions to the network adapter properties. You can view all of your IP settings and even do a ipconfig /renew without using ipconfig from the command line. VERY COOL! Before I get much more exited about this OS let me just say that there is no doubting XP's superiority to ANY other MS products. If you are geeky enought to get linux then great, stick with it. MAC users....Well, you are just in denial. If you are an average user who just wants to reduce the amount of time worrying about your system, XP is your man. Dave

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3 Star Review   By member owenowen - Nov 9, 2002   

Strengths: Crash kernal is gone.good features.

Weakness: Online registration,can only use on one computer.

I am stuck with this OS because it was pre-installed, but I wont buy it separately with the stupid shareware registration you have to endure. Memo to Microbloat. What happens when my computer fries and I need to install it into the new computer? I bought it, I should be able to do what the heck I want with the software I bought.

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5 Star Review   By member jsmithii - Nov 4, 2002   

Strengths: has not crashed once, "stability"

Weakness: high price (but price is coming down) still alot of bugs (this will always be the case no matter who makes what until it is tested fully by thousands of users and bugs detected) driver issues

best os out there bar none. (mac users would disagree but how many are really left of them?) registration is easy. directly connects to microsoft via your interent connection or if no connection you can registar over automated phone service. Mac users are in their own world. they think that mac is superior to pc and in some case it is. but it is a totally different system. if you have a mac then you have to get os 10 if you have a pc you have to get winxp bottom line. It has its problems and issuse, all os's do. but currently no other os for a pc even comes close. well win 2000 is also excellent but win 2000 is more surious hard core business type while xp is designed for the home user.

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4 Star Review   By member proacman - Oct 29, 2002   

Strengths: Easier to load than 98. Better able to install existing and new hardware. Less crash prone than 98 and by far, less than Millenium, which was possibly the worst OS ever developed.

Weakness: Incompatability with older hardware. Requires more RAM than 98. High price (unless you visit a Computer Show).

For users of 98 and Millennium, this is worth the upgrade, although I would hesitate to recommend the Professional version over the Home version as the price is almost 2x and the differences are minimal. Users of Win 2000 on their workstation should probably not switch. For new hardware installation, it certainly is superior over the older Windows products. Be sure to have at least 128 mbyte of RAM (I recommend 256).

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1 Star Review   By member compucare - Oct 26, 2002   

Strengths: if you dont have it

Weakness: everything possible

if you are thinking of purchasing this OS. DO NOT DO IT. if you want to learn a new operating system go get a mac if you want something stable and not much diffrent than 98 go with the professional version of windows 2000. ANYBODY that says this os rocks is either A) CLUELESS b) Being payed to say good things about XP C) likes being controlled by there computer or D) high on crack cocaine. save yourself a BIG HEADACHE and don't get this and if you have it GET RID OF IT.

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1 Star Review   By member cegfield - Oct 17, 2002   

Strengths: Duhhh --- XP is the same as win 2000??? Grow up kid

Weakness: Most lockups are hardware related???? WTF? Were you born in the idiot zoo? Quick education for the short-bus writer --- WRONG!!! Learn to write device drivers before you say silly things.

Most lockups used to be direct calls from device drivers to memory. Windows NT 4 was the first MS OS to create true VM's in order to prevent direct calls. Win 2000 was an improvement upon WIN NT. Study up on this yourself, kid, I don't have the time. WINXP IS TRASH. DO NOT BUY IT! Go with Win 2000, Linux, or Mac OS 10.2.

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4 Star Review   By member lucasj - Sep 30, 2002   

Strengths: driver support, new task oriented control panel, stability, clean layout

Weakness: registration, annoying popups for MS Passport

Anyone who says that Win2k is somehow better is dumb. XP is Win2k with a slightly different UI. Same kernel, same code. If you don't like the new look, turn it off. With the new control panel and help features, it will take you all of 30 seconds to figure out how. The interface is slightly different, but all the old tricks and shortcuts still work. Once you get used to it, you can see the logic of it. For the first time, my Mom can use her computer. By far the most organized and friendly OS from MS to date. Some advice, start with a clean install (not upgrade). Make sure drivers are from microsoft or are digitally signed and you should never have a lockup. (most lockups are hardware issues).

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5 Star Review   By member universeofheroes - Sep 30, 2002   

Strengths: Microsoft build the new Windows XP combined with Windows NT, 2000 and 98 technology. I has clean lines,visual effects,32bit high color greater multimedia support, system restore,error reporting .

Weakness: The only weakness is that it needs a high end systems specially suitable for Intel Pentium 4 and above 360ram

Basically It is a stable system. If you find lags in 3dgames than upgrade your video cards with Windows XP logo tested certified drivers. Windows XP pro is a must buy for all home and office users.

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5 Star Review   By member dakriss - Sep 24, 2002   

Strengths: This is THE os you were waiting for!

Weakness: Some people may find it too much cartoon, but you can easily change the settings so it looks like your older Windows.

I'm using Win XP pro on a AMD XP Athlon 1800+ 1.54ghz CPU, 256 mb ddr ram and 40G hard drive. With this configuration it's working better than any other os. Before having my new computer, I was using XP pro on a AMD K6 2 333mhz, 96 mb pc 100 sdram and 40G hard drive. On that kind of config, it was fairly slower, but still, it has never crashed, frozen... It's also fully compatible with any device you have. I heard that some people have trouble playing some of their games with XP, but just by downloading the newest driver in your video card manufacturer web site, the problem is solved. I got a 3DFX VooDoo 4 and I couldn't play any games and as you probably know 3DFX is not supporting their products anymore, so even with a third party driver it works. A great thing with that Windows, is that you can easily create user accounts compared to older versions. Also you can change the file system to ntfs so you can block access to your folders to anybody that is not logged in your account. Don't worry, don't hesitate, if you see XP and need a new os, just go for it. It's full of new settings, options, designs and as a must, it doesn't crashes anymore!

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1 Star Review   By member elscorcho - Sep 8, 2002   

Strengths: not a one

Weakness: full of bugs, constant hangs, poor performance

this i a piece of junk. crashed 10 billion and 1 times , constant lock ups , way too over priced , ive have this in a 1.6 mhz processor 512 ram 40 gig hd system and it loads slower then my 95 system with a 166 processor 48 mg of ram and 2 gig hd. go figure worth less wouldnt recomend this os too anyone ever.ill go back to 98 or me. over priced over rated. makes a nice frizbee though ...

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4 Star Review   By member ameliss - Aug 15, 2002   

Strengths: Very Stable, I havent had it crash Once..UNLIKE so other Windows Products...*ahem*, Also Windows XP Pro Is pretty easy to understand for a beginner..:)

Weakness: For "PRO" users, its pretty, well, easy. Theres no challege. Also, Start up, is kinda slow and it wont Pick up my USB scanner, but that could be a hardware problem:( .

I Have tried Many, many other OS's (Win 3.1, Win95, Win98, Win98 SE, Linux, Unix, Win ME) and I think That XP is the best I have seen so far. Its reliable and Very good for multi-tasking because you can Minimize groups of programs at once (I.e. 7 Internet Explorers, *POOF* gone!) Unfortunately, some of my Old favourites games, sadly don't work too well, but other than that, IT LOOKS SOOOO COOL! Definitely SOMETHING for the WHOLE family! BUY IT (*wink**wink* here's the pitch) TODAY!

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1 Star Review   By member cecr9 - Jul 25, 2002   

Weakness: Full of bugs, constantly crashes, overpriced

Low quality Operating System, Inferior product to Windows 2000 Pro, Microsoft again doesn't inovate, Just another excuse for a new product Microsoft wants to make money with.

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5 Star Review   By member locutus - Jul 22, 2002   

Strengths: Wow! This Operating System is without a doubt the best of the lot from Windows. It never crashes and unleashes the true power of your PC. The skins are great and are candy to the eye.

Weakness: The new layout of things takes quite a bit of getting used to. Some things may not work and will require you to download new XP/2000 drivers.

Well, this is quite an improvement from any existing Windows Operating systems. Although it may be considered fairly pricey by some, it is well worth the money. The good things by far out strengthen the bad points. Before I tried this, I was about to give up on Windows and get Linux. I was thoroughly impressed. The resource management is far better and it has much better network capabilities. The skins are great aswell. They are far better than any existing skins. Unfortunatley, the XP upgrade doesn't work for Windows 3.2 users or Win 95 users, so the Upgrade wont work. Some features such as MS DOS, have been disposed of in this new version. This is claimed to reduce crashing, and from what I can see, it works. It also deletes all back up files, thus saving space. I can highly recommend this outstanding Operating System :-)

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5 Star Review   By member paulysf - Jul 21, 2002   

Strengths: Great improvement to an already good operating system

Weakness: Inexperienced users who blame all their problems on the software instead of their own ignorance.

Microsoft has done a great job with this operating system. I would suggest home users or inexperienced user start with a stripped down WinXP Home Edition instead of XP Pro. A novice might get confused or curious and change a setting and make a mess, although Microsoft has built in some safety features nothing or no one is fool proof.

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5 Star Review   By member coolzzy - Jun 18, 2002   

Strengths: Compatible with everything, lightyears faster than any previous OS, INCLUDING win2k

Weakness: takes awhile to shut down, but its a fair trade off for the lightning fast bootup

I don't know whats wrong with everyone here that is bashing XP. I work at an IT helpdesk for my university, and we have it on all our machines. I have had it on my home PC for 7 months and NEVER had a lockup or problem, and i've switched through a myriad of software and hardware. Same thing with all the machines we manage in our office, ranging in speed from 333Mhz to 1.7Ghz.

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5 Star Review   By member beathead - May 8, 2002   

Strengths: Quick

Weakness: compatibility

The Only thing i Saw this OS having problems with was FruityLoops 3...and that's about it. This is the os for you if you want to do Music make beats. works with almost any sound card that you would purchase from a music store.... Off The Hook Operating system....But It surely is not for a gamer that's a fact...

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4 Star Review   By member morioka - May 7, 2002   

Strengths: Your opinion will influence others’ decisions about whether to buy this productYour opinion will influence others’ decisions about whether to buy this product

Weakness: Your opinion will influence others’ decisions about whether to buy this productYour opinion will influence others’ decisions about whether to buy this product

pretty stable operating system, only crashed a few times so far. has some cool features and looks cool. prefer 2000, but not a bad OS overall. much better than the home edition.

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3 Star Review   By member VoDkA12 - Apr 22, 2002   

Strengths: U can play games on it, reasonably stable

Weakness: help support is a joke, too slow compared with other operating systems, drivers and patches

So its finally out. Got myself a copy and intsalled it. No problems there. Ran quick and stable. Two months later, after having intalled some programs and games, its suddenly much slower and has also become less stable. And all this from only installing some programs and games? Yes, thats what the problem is, in the begining its quick and stable, but after you really start using it and start installing stuff it begins too slow down and become unstable at times. And on what for computer have I installed it? A 1700+ AMD Athlon Xp with 512 MB of RAM on a Asus A7A133 Motherboard, with a 60GB 7200rpm IBM Deckstar hard drive! So its not due to bad and outdated components. Also the help support is a absolute joke, misleading you. Not to forget thatdrivers are going to be a problem and that a lot of patches have to be downloaded for it to work well.I agree that it has some nice features and looks good, but for me stability and speed comes first. I RECOMMEND THAT YOU MAKE A PARTITION ON YOUR HARD DRIVE WITH ONE OPERATINING SYSTEM FOR GAMES(LIKE WINDOWS, IF YOU PLAY GAMES) AND ANOTHER FOR WORK AND APPLICATIONS(LIKE LINUX(ANY WILL DUE)). Thank you, VoDkA12

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5 Star Review   By member Rumsfield - Apr 20, 2002   

Strengths: Alot of nice features. No need to reboot cuz of memory usage. Easy on my hard drive and system. Better and faster connection to internet on cable compare to window 98se.

Weakness: Doesnt recognize some hardwares and cd that works on win 98se. No system config. Too strict on uninstall some of software that goes with win xp.

I like xp better than 98se in most ways. I am pretty comfortable with xp. It good for custom computer not older compaq or other brands that works with window ME or older. Even I got new hard drive and install Win XP, it still doesnt recognize some compaq hardwares but the system still run fine and will plan to buy new motherboard and build new computer to seperate compaq craps off and replace newer hardwares.

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2 Star Review   By member Raiden - Apr 4, 2002   

Strengths: no sure that I see any

Weakness: a few, not enough desktop themes, and looks a bit like a cartoon.

I find it silly that windows2000 pro is more expensive than this silly OS. One would think it would be the other way around. Not many software that is currently out there is compatible with XP, mainly games. Also hardware, most of the hardware that is currently already out there will not properly work on XP, or rather work one day and then not work the next day. For instance my officejet v40 will not work on XP, when I first plugged in the to my computer it detected the printer, performed a print test and it worked but the next day it didn't work, either the printer will not print at all or will only print a few lines. HP is still "working on updating the drivers for XP" One would think that will all the computer programmer experts at Microsoft would have made sure that minimal device drivers on XP works properly all the time. For my problem I think what they did was once they say the test print work, assumed that it works rather than keeping testing at different days and situations, before saying Yeah it works. So I plan on deleting XP completely and make sure that either 98, ME or 2000 pro is installed I'll wait about five years before even considering XP and inform anyone that I know who is considering on getting a computer to make sure they get 98, ME, or 2000 pro, and not to give in to the sales person's idea that XP is the way to go. XP is not the way to go

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5 Star Review   By member ed_vanek - Mar 22, 2002   

Strengths: Smooth reliable performance

Weakness: Cost for professional edition

Very stable platform, effortless updates, and great multimedia capabilities. Although this product does require substantial updates to ensure security and performance. Once installed, your computer should work flawlessly. My current computer has 512 MB

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3 Star Review   By member pishta - Mar 2, 2002   

Strengths: Auto update, backward compatibilty, roll back feature, can use win2K drivers in a pinch, super interface! All drivers built into OS

Weakness: registration mandatory, change 3 things within 90 days (memory, Hard drive, NIC, etc..) and OS will lock up, mandating an ethernet connection to unlock code! Must have internet access or OS will expire

Internet not on side of box for required hardware, but OS will expire in 180 days without it! Also you cannot upgrade more than 3 things in 90 days or OS will lock up if it has internet access. This is suppose to hinder sharing with friends, but will be a real bust with hobbyist who frequently reconfigure hardware. Will mandate a phone call and an explanation to MS to reset OS. What a shame for such a revolutionary OS. WIn2000 does not have this, but has many of the other features of XP.

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5 Star Review   By member DragonballLegend - Feb 14, 2002   

Strengths: Very fast and helpful. Fixed a lot of bugs and problems

Weakness: It caused a few problems and I had to download a lot of patches and other stuff to get programs to work

I think that Microsoft did a really good job on this program. This program fixed a lot of problems that I had on my computer. When I installed the program it automatically fixed a lot of problems that I had on the computer. It looks really good and I would recommend it to a lot of people. The only problem was that I had to download a lot of patches and other things to get programs to work, but I am good with computers and I knew how to fix the problems. It also screwed aroung with my internet connections, but again I am good with computers so I knew just how to fix it I love this program and I have no regrets about getting it

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2 Star Review   By member mbarber - Feb 12, 2002   

Strengths: Comaptibility wizard allows you to emulate Win95 so programs can run on it that won't run on 2000. Better than Wiundows ME, (just about anything is)

Weakness: Ugly and confusing interface, the OS controls you and not you it, generally a greater security threat, got Nimda within 30 minutes before I counld get AV updates, major patches required from day 1.

It really offers nothing new unless you don't have CD-R software, DVD player software, etc. Activation a pain. It gives a little and takes away a little. Not worth $199 upgrade

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1 Star Review   By member chrismacan - Jan 31, 2002   

Strengths: Very few, stability is better than 98 SE

Weakness: Where to start, ANYWHERE

This is one of the worst products that I have used, Win2Kpro is more compatible with my software and more stable. This product is simply one of the most OVERRATED pieces of bloatware on the market. Doesn't work with any of my games and the compatibility wizard doesn't solve these issues. I am still waiting for a version of Linux that has GOOD graphics capability and then I will KISS Microsoft's products goodbye forever... DO NOT PAY FOR THIS PIECE OF TRASH... Even if it is free, don't use it. Just one more nightmare that will begin. This rating system will not allow me to give it a negative rating. Too bad... I am going back to Win98 SE...lots of work to reformat and start again...WISH I HAD NEVER TRIED Windows XP Professional.

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5 Star Review   By member Flashpop - Jan 31, 2002   

Strengths: Easy install, Robust, had many drivers that I could not find for W2K. Stable, Worked with older HW that I could not use on W2K, or NT4. Did I say STABLE?

Weakness: Can't uninstall without losing data. My problem,learning the new locations for standard and new features. Cost more than I want to pay.

I did an upgrade and have been very pleased. It installed with everything working (all my existing programs), basically. I had to un-install re-install Norton. One or two minor things. It interfaced with my network and proxy quickly and has worked fine. All video problems fixed with latetest Geoforce III drivers, and it has been a pleasure to use since. The only really negative comments I see on this site are people who keep mentioning Lenix. Hmm a little bias perhaps. I try to be objective. You tend to stop 'hating' programs once you learn where everything is and debug a few things. Also, there are not 'over 200 versions of XP'... I have had experiecne with every version of Windows (some Solaris etc.) and while I find W2k equally stable, I like the new features of XP. Such as going back to a previous "state" when you save the setup, and the MultiMedia Stuff, and more. I don't mind the updates at all. Bravo Microsoft for keeping an agressive approach on fixing bugs in a new product. They even automate it, if you prefer. Most of my problems were just a matter of my going to a Software/Hardware manufacture site and uploading the new XP driver. This has to be the best operating system I have used yet, With W2K Close behind. And while I work on computers, No, I do not work for Microsoft.

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5 Star Review   By member markusp - Jan 30, 2002   

Strengths: no comment

Weakness: no comment

Never really tried the product, just wanted to comment on what Linus68, from MD wrote, and to let everyone know that "Linux" is not the way to go. STAY away from it, unless you plan on spending a few weeks setting it up.. and talk about compatability problems... even the latest releases of Linux dont support many of the hardware that was released over two years ago! It's not even in the same class, if you are running a webserver then maybe consider it, but as for the rest of us home pc users, I highly reccomend NOT taking this guys advice.

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1 Star Review   By member BWizard2001 - Jan 16, 2002   

Strengths: A new complete refreshment in veiwing a OS.

Weakness: Takes way to much ram, min 256Mb's requires a top of the line videocard. Require a top of the line soundcard. There is only a select few hardwares that will work out there, check before you buy.

I purchased a NVidea/GeForce3Ti200 and have had nothing but problems with this OS. I can not get rid of the freeze ups. I have had a hardware conflict one right after another. This was a waste of my money for more head aches then any other OS. This is truly not a gamers software as Windows says it is. Right off the bat of having this installed you have to upgrade and repair it with patches. This info has come from over 50 people that I know personaly who have either had or has this software on there computer. Try it before you buy it, do not trust Windows Scan Hardware before you install. Or if you have the money to burn and want to be able to say you have it then buy it at any price less then the 300$$$ I paid for. If anyone else has this setup and figured it out please e-mail me, thank you.

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5 Star Review   By member bmccurdy - Jan 8, 2002   

Strengths: stable, nice new interface features, robust

Weakness: needs a beefy PC with fast CPU and lots of RAM

While this OS is not for everyone, XP is a big step forward for Windows. If you are a power user, this is your OS. If you are a gamer or are new to Windows, most folks will probably be better off with Win98 or WinME. I have personal experience with every MS operating system since Windows 3.0 and struggled mightily as an early adopter with the original Win95 and WinNT4. The upgrade to XP, by comparison, was simple and painless, made even more so by observing the guidelines presented by the hardware/software compatibility utility. I had to upgrade my anti-virus software, my firewall software and my CD-burning software. That's it. BTW, this install was on a year-old Dell Dimension XPS 750 with 256 MB of RAM.

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1 Star Review   By member Linus68 - Dec 31, 2001   

Weakness: All

If you're seriously considering spending cash on XP, you're obviously looking for the kind of abuse that buying the wife a new engine for her vacuum cleaner would get you. I was given a copy for free, and it was still a gip. At best XP is the FisherPrice Version of Win2K. It is the most unprofessional product that you'll ever buy, and all of rediculous registration conditions are unacceptable. If you have to stick with MS, go with Win2KPro; if not, get serious and go to SuSE Linux Pro.

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5 Star Review   By member licenciadacuebas - Dec 25, 2001   

Strengths: User friendly. Integrated fax system. Provides immediate solutions to crash problems.

As an attorney, I use the computer for 2 or more hours daily, to include Saturdays and Sundays. The program has helped me solve 100% quickly and accurately all the problems encountered. A simple demonstration of the program enabled various computer illiterate clients to understand enough to decide to buy computers and as a consequence enhance our communication by facilitating the exchange of documentation.

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4 Star Review   By member jwcrane - Dec 8, 2001   

Strengths: Fast, clean interface, stable.

Weakness: Some 3rd party apps aren't compatible, but the OS warns you about this and isolates the problem files from causing problems.

I decided to install the full Pro version on my self-built PC by first formatting my hard drives so I would have a clean install. I previously had Windows 2000 Pro. The install was a snap and it runs most of my old apps. It is VERY stable and faster than 2000. I even had a USB scanner that wouldn't run under 2000 but ran under 98, and I couldn't get manufacturer support for it because it was made by one company and branded by another, you know how that goes... But XP knew it by its real name and it works better and faster than ever before.

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4 Star Review   By member karlbasson - Dec 3, 2001   

Strengths: Windows XP looks very good. This is by far the best Windows ever! It pics up all the drivers and Satisfies all my server, networking and personal needs!

Weakness: A pain to install! It is'nt easy to go over to XP if you are used to 98/ME/2000! You need all kind of paches and upgrades for some sortware!

At first the installation was not a joke. I wanted to upgrade from 2000, and got some trouble. Then the files wasn't all on the right places and the network settings was changed, not what you would expect from an upgrade. The mutiple users are really "Multiple users". You set it up as a new PC of your own. The look is great. It looks fun to work on, but still have all the fetures that one would need. It runs server like no windows before. You will think that you need a server like NT or 2000, not anymore. It runs what ever you throw on it. The non Microsoft programs have a hard time working on it. You need to download patches for some of them.

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5 Star Review   By member getina50 - Nov 26, 2001   

Strengths: Very stable, Very fast

This product is by far the best Windows yet. It is much more stable than any version so far, especially Windows 98 or Me. It has drivers built in for most hardware devices, and plays games really well. All of my applications run on it, and most of my games do (except for very old ones which I never play anymore). The multiple user accounts are awesome...

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5 Star Review   By member garyleeshu - Nov 7, 2001   

Strengths: Microsoft seems to have gotten windows right with Xp Pro. It is smooth and precise with gobs of goodies for the power user and enough utilities to save you some actual money.

Weakness: Activation is contingent on registration. This is a bad precedent to set and tells me why the FED sued old Bill and his crowd. I hope other software manufacturers do not follow suit. -

The test drive for Windows Xp has been great. It seems that Microsoft has finally gotten Windows right. Even though you will probably have to upgrade many drivers and a few software programs the ease of operation for the average user working with the PRO versions will be pleasing. There are ample built in utilities that will make even some power users happy. Activation based on registration and one computer/one license is a major drawback that may set an industry standard that steps on the toes of the consumer. Bill is greedy and the word sucks comes to mind regarding these features. Now I know why the Fed went after Microsoft madness.

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4 Star Review   By member DH21187 - Nov 3, 2001   

Strengths: The most stable OS yet from MS.

Weakness: Buggy and always crashing

When the first version of this OS first came out it was horrible and had a ton of problems and I trashed it in my review. I can now say after multiple services packs and hot fixes that MS has created a rather stable OS on par with Win2k. Granted there are still some programs that run better on Win2k but for simplicity for the common user you can't beat it.

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2 Star Review   By member jeong - Oct 30, 2001   

Strengths: Nice Interface, new whistles and bells.

Weakness: Does not support many 3rd party applications. I run many of these, and they crash quite dramatically or don't work at all.

Read strengths and weaknesses. Does not support many 3rd party applications. I run many of these, and they crash quite dramatically or don't work at all. It is unsatisfactory, although a few good things (such as automatic driver updates) are present. But as usual, Microsoft integrates its crappy software and partner services stronger than ever into Windows XP.

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