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Paul Shiver
Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2001 - 6:39 am:   

Just to send out a warning to those that are thinking about upgrading to XP, don't waste your money. While some are giving the system a thumbs up, I decided to buy it and tried to install it 10 times yesterday. I even updated my drivers to be xp compatable and still it will not install so screw it. When will Microsoft come out with a new windows version that the majority will actually approve of? Still running 98se here...
Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2001 - 6:50 am:   

I've heard a lot of the same. Also, apparently once you get past the installation problems the OS is really rather slow. (but not quite as slow as ME)

Personally, I believe in letting everyone else find the bugs and problems. Once the patches, fixes, tips and tricks start pouring in, then make the decision to upgrade or not. Much less headache.

Thanks for the warning!
Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2002 - 9:03 am:   

To keep things fair, XP is a decent OS, but it has a lot of compatability problems with older systems (hardware and software). If you are the owner of a new PC, it might be a good investment, but if not...... stick with 98SE

The biggest group of users is likely to be people that buy a new PC with XP pre-installed.

There is a program that will check your system for compatability. It is NOT 100% accurate - and a lot of programs labeled as incompatable will actually work, but it should give you an idea.

35 MB - big for a dial up. It is also available on disk. Some of the more popular PC magazines enclose it with their mags.

I like XP, but it can get expensive if you have incompatability issues.

....just my 2 cents
DiK street
Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2002 - 4:44 pm:   

I have eventually gone over to Xp and disabled all the rubbish which slows it down. I find funnily enough that I am able to surf the net much faster now and it boots up so much quicker than win98 with my network cards. Win 98 took 4 mins to boot up but xp only 1 min. Once you get a feel to ripping out all the spyware and extras which slow it down (like the menu animations) it rips along quite nice. AND I only run a p3450 with 384 meg o' ram. Perhaps it manages the ram better....
Tim Taino
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2002 - 2:14 pm:   

To DiK street:
I see the tip for getting rid of menu animations to speed up XP boot up. Got any other tips?

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