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    Windows XP (Purchase)

    I am using Win 98 SE edition, and I have been thumbing my nose at XP for while now, I am mentally prepared to purchase XP, but then I have jumped back on the I don't know bridge; I have heard all kinds of problems with XP, I have an HP printer, and scanner and I have requested for the update drivers; but I still could have other problems, and I have a U.S Robotics V.92, than tends to lock-up on me at times.

    I have been advised that Win98 SE is still faster than XP, I just don't want the headache of all the problems that accompany the XP.

    I have purchased two copies of the Windows XP Official Magazine, that comes with a couple of cover disc each month, the articles are really written for easy reading, but I'm still not sure.

    As anyone tried the tweaking software by totalidea.com, is this software the best? The bottom line do you have any regrets?

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    Re: Windows XP (Purchase)

    I disagree that Win98 is faster then WinXP, unless you have a small Processor. I have used both on the same machine and I have found WinXP to be faster and more convenient. As for problems with WinXP. I have had very few problems that were related to WinXP Operating System. I really think you will like WinXP.

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    Re: Windows XP (Purchase)

    WinXP is head and shoulders over 98SE. Don't hesitate to get XP at all. Like the saying goes: "try it, you'll like it" !
    Seriously, it's MUCH more stable, can run with many hardware configurations and is faster as long as you give it some room with enough RAM.
    Go for it. <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23>

    SE was a DOG compared to XP.

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    Re: Windows XP (Purchase)

    <hr> SE was a DOG compared to XP<hr>

    Thanks Viking. I wanted to say that, but wasn't quit sure how it would be taken if I said it. But you are right, there is no comparison.

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    Re: Windows XP (Purchase)

    Cowboy,

    Not just a <img src=/S/woof.gif border=0 alt=woof width=15 height=15> , but DEAD <img src=/S/woof.gif border=0 alt=woof width=15 height=15>

    MS should be dropping support for it soon. ( if they already haven't )

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    Re: Windows XP (Purchase)

    Hello everyone:

    Thank to all who replied, I have a P4, with 1.6MHz, with 512DDRM mem, and a 40Gb drive, would this machine hold up?

    Plus I have a palm, and loads of people are having problems hotsycning, I have read that you must disable the firewall and Anti Virus; can you shed some light on this?

    What would be the best tweaking software for XP?

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    Re: Windows XP (Purchase)

    You'll be pleased with XP. That machine will work quite well. Just make sure you get XP drivers for all you hardware. You can use the latest MS TweakUI for XP. IMHO, the most complete tweaker is X-setup. There are a ton of settings that you can manipulate (and screw your system up if you aren't careful). Best of all it is completely <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>. Can't help with hotsynch problem.

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    Re: Windows XP (Purchase)

    I have a Palm V and sync OK with the Palm Desktop on Windows XP Pro (old serial cradle even). We run antivirus, of course, but I do not the Windows XP firewall.

    You will have to update a lot of your downloaded software, as there are some significant differences between the Windox 9x and Windows NT/2000/XP systems. Not sure if this affects any of your paid software, you could check the vendors' web sites if the products are more than a couple years old.

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    Re: Windows XP (Purchase)

    I second what Joe said. Plenty of horsepower in your machine.

    Haven't heard much about problems hotsyncing.

    I prefer System Mechanic for a good housekeeping utility & tweaker.

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    Re: Windows XP (Purchase)

    Dillon--

    Windows XP is considerably faster at most common day tasks than 98 or 98 SE. I could flood you with white papers that have benchmarked them objectively. What else should mean something to you is that Windows XP is less prone to crash than XP and the NT kernel is more stable. There are people who use 98SE in the lounge who are experienced, advanced users and can handle a number of problems easily and run it well so that this isn't near as much of a factor.

    These may help:

    98 SE vs. XP OC Addiction Peformance Review

    Side By Side Comparison of Common Tasks in XP and 98

    Windows XP and Windows 98 Matchup How Common 98 Tasks Are Made Easier By XP: Watch the Videos

    Feature Comparison Guide XP Pro with 98 Other Flavors

    Features: Comparison Guide XP Home with 98 and Other Flavors

    Windows XP Upgrade Advisor Tool

    Security Comparison Guide

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    Re: Windows XP (Purchase)

    I am running a PII, 451 with 640 RAM and a 17 and 60 gig drives. Have not had any problems, so you should NOT either.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows XP (Purchase)

    I bought a new PC to switch to XP from 98SE (the old P3 500 was dying from heat exhaustion). As others have said, there's no comparison - XP is far more stable and faster.

    The only problem I had was with my old scanner (CanoScan FB310). XP didn't want to know about it and Canon had no XP drivers. I managed to get it working, by lying and using the old W9X drivers.
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    Re: Windows XP (Purchase)

    Ome additional suggestion, DO NOT UPGRADE to Windows XP, Wipe your hard disk and do a clean install. This will leave you with a much more stable installation.

    If you can affort a new hard disk then it might be a good idea to keep your current Windows 98 installation so that you can recover anything that you forgot and just install Windows XP onto a new disk.

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    Re: Windows XP (Purchase)

    Dillon--

    I get it every month. I like its pretty color pictures and extensively detailed diagrams, hoping maybe I'll pick up some tips. The also have spinoff monthly books that started showing up in my town last month with titles like Windows Media, Word 2002, Control Panel and Settings, Microsoft Office Handbook.

    They always make it a point to put an attractive lady's picture on the cover, so there must be some advantage people in the UK have understanding the strong connection between pretty women and Windows XP. I figure if I keep reading the magazine, it'll sink in hopefully before long.

    Windows XP Magazine UK

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