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    Upgrade to XP ???

    I'm just looking for some advice. I am currently running Win ME with no problems and considering going to XP ,but undeceided. Any suggestions. System requirements for XP exceeded.
    By the way, except for $100 in price, what is the diff between the professional & home edition?

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    Re: Upgrade to XP ???

    As the saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
    Having said the saying, there are a lot of people (probably myself included) who would not touch ME with a barge-pole.
    I suspect you need to see what XP has to offer that ME doesn't to see if it is worth upgrading, such as the following XP comparison sites:
    Windows XP Home Edition Comparison Guide
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    Windows XP Professional Comparison Guide

    As to the difference twixt Home and Pro - see The MS Windows XP Comparison Guide

    The best info you will get will be from Loungers who have experienced both. Perhaps you could list typical applications you run, which would enable them to offer advice on what - in reality - you may expect to gain.

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    Re: Upgrade to XP ???

    Just my opinion (along with MANY others) that XP is light years ahead of ME in stability, features, speed and other things. It will make your computing life a lot easier, that's for sure. (forget about BSOD !) <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>
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    Re: Upgrade to XP ???

    Bernie, I think you'll find XP to be a big improvement of ME. Be sure to check out the NTFS vs FAT32 differences on the XP pages. You can search the forums here or the MS newsgroups for discussions of the formats. Always err on the safe side - backup before you upgrade. Remember though that is you use the MS backup tool in ME the backup the XP backup tool will not read it. So, if you're going to do a fresh install from scratch make sure your data is backed up by something that can be read once XP is running. If you have the time and energy do an install from scratch I'd recommend it. I've seen other recommendations to just upgrade but I've always had better results with a clean install. YMMV.

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    Re: Upgrade to XP ???

    I went from ME, which was slowly and then very quickly melting down, to XP Home and have absolutely no regrets. XP is infinitely more robust and stable, and easily withstands problems from downloads or other software that would have brought ME to its knees.

    I did have one problem with my computer doing its own hardware meltdown - a hard disk problem I think - which caused great problems in reloading XP Home. When you load it, pay close attention to setting up user and admin accounts with passwords - there are a series of threads on the XP forum onhow to do that and why.

    SP also does a much more intuitive job of handling multimedia data and programs.

    You may have to locate and download new drivers for most plugin hardware, but generally those are readily locatable on the vendor's site.

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    Re: Upgrade to XP ???

    I personally will never install any MS product that includes the Registragion/Activation Wizard. I don't trust MS programmers enough to be confident that the code will not decide that I am not registered and refuse to allow me access to my system.
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    Re: Upgrade to XP ???

    Yeah, Legare. We know. Post 76918, just about this entire thread, post 108002...let's not forget post 169716....

    You've made your point clear with all of these posts ranting about PA. My view is that your stance is stubborn, senseless, and has little merit. It certainly doesn't add much to the thread at hand because it doesn't answer the question. If you want to shun anything that has product activation, that's a personal choice, but if you're going to make terse statements akin to "Microsoft sucks and I don't wanna activate", could you please back them up with some validation other than rhetoric? Have you bothered to try it to see if it's worth shunning or not? I've yet to see you say "yes" to that question in any of your rantings in the Lounge about how evil XP is.

    I've been using this <img src=/S/sarcasm.gif border=0 alt=sarcasm width=15 height=15> atrocious product for a long time. Never once have I had trouble with activation. Never. I upgrade things all the time, and don't get pestered for re-activation. With Office XP, which my employer purchased, I've had one occasion to call Microsoft because I had Office XP installed on two systems, and one had to be returned to our tech center. It took me less than five minutes on the phone to re-activate it. XP Pro? I've installed, re-installed, and re-installed again. Still no problem. So what's the beef?

    Activation is one small piece of the equation - and seeing as it's never gotten in my way, I am not about to trade up the combination of NT/2000's stability (which is improved even over those older siblings), the ease of use, the wide compatibility that rivals Windows 98 and ME, just for the immutable belief that activation is evil. XP is an excellent operating system, and its many merits make it ideal for someone who has hardware that meets and preferably exceeds its stated minimums.

    Bernie, I think you would be quite happy with it. Just feed it enough RAM and have at, and I bet you will wonder what took you so long.
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    Re: Upgrade to XP ???

    I'd just like to echo the stability sentiments about Win XP. Leif's already given you the good reading links so there's no need for me to talk about the comparisons. Here at my place I have three machines, running WinME, Win98 and this (my primary machine) running WinXP Pro since January of this year. I've used every version of Windows since the beginning except NT and XP is the best they've done. Not had a single BSOD all year. The only time I've had any trouble on ANY machines I've worked XP on (so far only six or seven installs) it has been getting the installation CD to get rolling. Sometimes it balks at booting and a couple of machines, I've had the installation CD stop while copying files. But a kick-in-the-pants retry always got me through it. Speaking of which, unlike some people, I've not run into any driver problems with XP exceot for my old Rex Pro PDA not being supported. I'd say you oughta go for it!

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    Re: Upgrade to XP ???

    Run, run away quickly...no quicker...from Win ME. XP is more stable, quicker, smoother, more refined...make the switch. Highly recommended.

    If you have the cash and plan on networking anywhere outside of the house, get Pro. Home and Pro both have the same basic internal components, but Pro gives you a few more 'industrial strength' options.

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    Re: Upgrade to XP ???

    Hey....I THANK-You all for the input, I really appreciate it. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

    Looks like a GO, most likely sometime next month. I think my wife is getting it for my B-Day, <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35> if not I'll have to use my own mad money. <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15>

    By the way.....If it doesn't live up to you alls excellent recommendations, I will be seeking you out for assistance. <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30>

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    Re: Upgrade to XP ???

    As long as you don't send Vinnie around with a baseball bat....

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    Re: Upgrade to XP ???

    Or "Two Utes"

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    Re: Upgrade to XP ???

    Upgrade to xp by all means, and especially since you have time to prepare, I HIGHLY recommend a clean install. This means backing up all of your data files, and finding all of your software CD's (which takes longer, hmmm???) However, my experience is that xp has trouble sometimes recognizing previously installed software in add/remove programs (they're not there). In general, you will end up with a cleaner, faster, more organized OS by doing a clean install. You will also force yourself to do a little housekeeping, which is a good thing, right?

    Then, take the time to search out and update all of your device drivers. I gained significant video speed by updating my meager nVidia Vanta driver, as xp (nt based) does a different and better job of addressing video than does 9x . You will find new drivers for almost all of your stuff.

    Last, check out http://www.speedguide.net for some great tweaks for especially cable modem, but also dial-up internet access. The cable modem patches make accessing the net WAY faster. Essential stuff

    Good luck and have fun!!!

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    Re: Upgrade to XP ???

    Well, if you trust access to your system and data to the Registration/Activation Wizard that is programmed by the same programmers that created all those security holes, you value your data a lot less than I do.

    It does not matter how many times I have expressed this opinion, you have expressed the opposite opinion at least as many time. Should I complain about your responses? The user ask for information, and my opinion is a valid as yours.
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    Re: Upgrade to XP ???

    Legare....have you ever tried the XP products, Windows in this case?

    I like them, Sam I am, I do so like Green Eggs and Ham. And I would eat them in a house, and I would eat them with a mouse. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
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