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    Which XP to Choose? (-)

    I'm about to upgrade to XP in the next days, and wondered if there was a version / release I should prefer over others (or discard). I recall, for example, Woody recommending Office 2000 SR-1 some time ago (haven't got round to reading the last issues).
    This is a similar question put in Windows terms <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>.

    I'll really appreciate any input based either in your personal experience or in comments you might have heard / read about. Thank you in advance.
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    Re: Which XP to Choose? (-)

    It will depend to an extent on what environment you will be working in - home/office/domain etc.

    Here is a starter:
    Which Edition Is Right for You?

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    Re: Which XP to Choose? (-)

    Diegol--

    In addition to Leif's link, I also like this Windows XP Home or Pro thread especially Kaplinb's very complete list in Post 192802 from this oldie but goodie lounge thread on page 44 of the XP threads. It's one of the most indepth comparisons I've been able to find.

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    Re: Which XP to Choose? (-)

    Leif and SMBP:

    Thank you VERY much for the info!!! <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>
    I've almost made up my mind in favor of the Home Ed, but I'll do a very careful reading of all the articles before making the final decision.
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    Re: Which XP to Choose? (-)

    Think real hard and consider all the options, cause your probably sooner or later going to wish you had Pro and it's extras. I have used both and I prefer Win XP Pro for Home or Office. But thats just me.

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    Re: Which XP to Choose? (-)

    If you need to setup other users to share the PC, I would go for Pro. File sharing and security are crippled in the Home version. I was misled into buying Home by the story that the extra features in Pro were needed only if I was going to setup a domain network.
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    Re: Which XP to Choose? (-)

    Having seen on Software Finds the way you enjoy nuances of a lot of the music programs, I think that having the Microsoft Management Console, and the ability to tweak with it and Group Policy as far as interfacing with the registry from its gui off/on, and the ability to impact multiple machines with GP, that you don't have in Home would be one feature alone that you will want. In addition, networking advantages, encryption, two microprocessors, ect. might be attractive to you.

    See:
    XP Comparison Guide
    Winsupersite Comparison
    Tech TV Home v. Pro with chart
    Home v. Pro Chart

    Added later:

    Windows XP Pro Features
    Evaluate Windows XP Pro
    Which XP Best?

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    Re: Which XP to Choose? (-)

    Hi people,

    Thank you very much for the overwhelming response <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15>

    Cowboy, Tim and SMBP: Although I somehow consider myself a power user as compared to common 'users' (I mean no offense), I'm not a programmer and don't make a living with computers. Let's say I'm a big computers fan <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>.
    What I can tell so far is:
    - I have a single PC and that ain't gonna change in the short/medium term. Neither will it in the long term from what I can say <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>. So the networking features wouldn't be of much use.
    - I do find EFS encryption really enticing, because it seems the kind of folder-protection stuff I'd been looking for for so long. However, I can manage with PGP & PGP Disk, so this isn't the kind of feature I cannot do without (provided my ver. of PGP -PGP 6.0.2i- works in XP, which remains to be seen).
    - As for Music & Media files, I have everything I need (BTW, the MP3 volume normalizer kicked butt!). I've heard WMPlayer XP is a great improvement over previous versions', but I'll still have it in the Home Ed. I really don't think I'll need further control over media (though gosh, how I'd like it).

    That said, I'll now read SMBP's links and even when they seemed to make me decide towards Home, I can't guarantee that a last-minute thought won't take over. Things look way different in the shelves <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>.

    I have one more question: I'll run XP on a Pent III 550 Mhz, 128 MB RAM. I believe this amount of RAM won't suffice, so I'm thinking about upgrading to 256 MB. Will this be ok? What do you think?

    To give you an idea, I need the following applications running smoothly, swiftly and all at the same time:
    - Powerdesk (kinda Windows Explorer)
    - Outlook 2K
    - Word 2K
    - Excel 2K
    - Winamp
    - Windows Media Player
    - Internet Explorer
    - AVG Antivirus (in the Tray)
    - Webshots (in the Tray)
    - ePrompter (in the Tray, though this is a real light one)
    - Zone Alarm
    - ICQ
    - Go!Zilla
    - Babylon Translator (the good ol' <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> blue ver.)
    - Any commonplace imaging software, such as PhotoEd or Irfanview, but NOT the resource hog kind (PhotoPlus for example, I believe that PSP & Corel also belong to this category).
    - Add the burden of Win XP itself.

    And that's about it. Not that I'll be running all these apps 7x24, but I want my machine to perform smoothly even on these occasions. If you feel that 256 MB will fall short, feel free to suggest another number.

    Again, thanks for all your time!!
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    Re: Which XP to Choose? (-)

    I think ya need to Overclock that baby if it will allow ya to. I have a Pent 111 933 MHZ Overclocked to 1050 MHZ and it runs very cool and has worked great without even a glitch for over 2 years now. If the MotherBoard and Chipset will Allow it, I bet ya can get it up to 650 to 660 MHZ with no problem. Pent 111 Processors were pretty good about Overclocking. And 256 MB of Ram should be OK. And you can always push it up a little to 384 MB if ya like. Can't hurt, but it can always help in a jam. What kind of Motherboard and Chipset do you have? if ya can give me that Info I can tell you if it can be done or not.

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    Re: Which XP to Choose? (-)

    You should be fine with 256MB, and if you want to over-clock,, and your mobo wants to let you, go for it. There are a number of decent links here, and there is tons of information and a lot of enthusiasm for doing it. RAM is fortunately reasonably cheap these days, and if you got more demanding programs you could quickly add. Look over the features and get what makes you happy. WMP9 is not specific to XP and can go back to 98SE.

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    Re: Which XP to Choose? (-)

    Diego, If I were you, I would definitively go for XP Pro. Home versions are always limited for power users like you, and the way I see it Corp. versions are always somewhat "tidier".... Plus, I can loan you some CDs that would be usefull for XP.
    As for the PD, I have it running on a P3 600 with 256 and it works just great! I would surely recommend upgrading to 256. BTW, Office XP works great too, but always keep a copy of the installation disk, or you will lose tons of functions not installed the first time (language spelling, dictation, etc... things I KNOW you will like to try...).
    Hope it helped!! Have a good one, friend!

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    Re: Which XP to Choose? (-)

    Hi Cowboy,

    I'm not very literate in hardware stuff... I have a manual that came with the machine that reads:
    "PC 100 Systemboard
    Slot 1/Socket 370
    M748 LMRT User's Manual"
    I believe this might be the Motherboard's manual. As for the chipset, I'd never heard of it before... I read thru this Manual's TOC but couldn't find a similar word. How can I obtain this information?

    Is it possible that overclocking the machine can carry bad consequences (like processor overheating)?
    I believe I might have heard about something like this some time ago, but I'm not sure... kinda rings me a bell...

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    Re: Which XP to Choose? (-)

    Thanks SMBP, sure got enough links! <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>. I'll do some reading about this overclocking stuff
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    Re: Which XP to Choose? (-)

    Thanks Baruguru!!! I know your user profile pretty much matches mine, so there's little else to add.
    When I'm done reading, I'll give XP Pro the extra consideration it's earned via Loungers' suggestions.
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    Re: Which XP to Choose? (-)

    OK I looked at your Manual on line. Are you using Slot One or 370? I'm thinking your using Slot One with the 550 MHZ the best I can tell with the Manual. If so and it's not locked, you can make the changes in BIOS under "CPU Setup". Keep in mind that you will need to know were the "Clear CMOS" jumper is just in case a setting doesn't take and it won't boot.If so you just Clear the CMOS and reboot and everything goes back to the Default Settings. If you want to try it all you have to do is go to "CPU PNP SETUP" option in your BIOS and change "CPU BASE FREQUENCY" to 100, if it's not already set to 100. { you only have two choices 66 and 100} If it is, go down to " CPU MULTIPLE FACTORY" and change it to "6X", and then save settings and bootup. If it reboots and the thing is not locked it will be running at 600MHZ. Then if you want to try and go up just a little more change it to "6.5X" and save settings and bootup, if that takes you will be running at 650MHZ. Thats about all your going to get out of it. And no I doubt it will overheat at 600 or 650 MHZ if your Heatsink is working good. But it never hurts to have some extra cooling power or Exhaust fan. Also there is one more setting in that window called "SDRAM FREQUENCY" If your Ram will support it set it at "100" if it isn't already.

    NOW with that said, if your not comfortable with this, DO NOT TRY it. Find someone who knows how do do this.

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