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    Cheapest Way to Buy? (Unknown)

    I've got a friend with a Compaq Presario desktop which came with Windows ME. She keeps complaining about it's performance, so I'd like to move it to XP, probably Pro. I upgraded it's RAM to 256 already, but can easily put another stick that size in it. What's the cheapest way for me to get the XP Upgrade? Are there places that sell an OEM version, for instance, with a hardware purchase? Her HDD is only 20 gig, so I wouldn't mind buying a hardware/software "package" that includes a larger HDD.

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    Re: Cheapest Way to Buy? (Unknown)

    Check out: pricewatch . You should be able to find an OEM version there. I'd definitely upgrade the memory and HD.

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    Re: Cheapest Way to Buy? (Unknown)

    If you do some quick math, upgrading the HD, RAM and OS will cost almost as much as buying a new low-end system. That's not even taking into consideration the time and trouble to do the upgrade. I'd think long and hard about cost effectiveness before doing an upgrade of 3 major components. My <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> FWIW. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Cheapest Way to Buy? (Unknown)

    I agree with Doc, a new machine would be better in the long run.

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

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    Re: Cheapest Way to Buy? (Unknown)

    DocWatson,

    >> If you do some quick math, upgrading the HD, RAM and OS will cost almost as much as buying a new low-end system. That's not even taking into consideration the time and trouble to do the upgrade. I'd think long and hard about cost effectiveness before doing an upgrade of 3 major components. <<

    She doesn't need a larger hard drive, I just wondered if I could get a better deal on XP if I bought a HDD/OS package. NewEgg has XP Pro Upgrade for less than $90, so I'll buy that and get another stick of RAM from Crucial. Should put the total cost around $150.

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    Re: Cheapest Way to Buy? (Unknown)

    John,

    I've never seen a HD & OS combination deal offered anywhere except at small Mom & Pop stores that will work more closely with the customer than the big box stores can. My point was that major system upgrades have become less cost effective as technology has evolved. Just as with the automobile, the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. The manufacturers can build a new machine that is cheaper, faster and better than one you can create by upgrading your existing system if your system is more than one year old and wasn't on the cutting edge of technology when you purchased it.

    If your friend is interested only in performance then a move down to Windows 98 (a far superior OS in most cases) with a format and clean installation should give her what she is looking for. If, however, she wants the functionality, and all the neat things that XP can do within itself that the earlier operating systems required third party apps and utilities to do, then I maintain that a new system is the way to go. XP has a much higher resource overhead than any of the Windows 9X based OS's (ME is one of these) and while it will run on an older system like your friends (especially if you add all that RAM), it won't perform nearly as well as if it were installed on a system with the resources to support it.

    One other point that should be mentioned here is the issue of spyware. If her system's performance isn't what it should be, then perhaps she has some spyware or other malware that is using resources and slowing down her system. Is she firewalled, using AV software and updating the definitions at least weekly, running any of the popular adware detection and removal programs ??? If not, then she should get all of those protections onboard first and be certain her system is running clean and unincumbered before even thinking of an upgrade.

    Please understand, I'm not trying to dull your enthusiasim so much as present you with all the angles so that you can make a more informed decision. Ultimately, the choice is yours. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Cheapest Way to Buy? (Unknown)

    JJ,
    I would take a spin by tigerdirect.com for a look at what you can own for just a few trading stamps. No amount of vitamins can get an old horse to win a race, and for speed AMD is more bang for your buck. Listen to Doc. He's right

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