- Platform: Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / XP / 95, Linux, Unix
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Enhancements in real-time voice, video, and data communications will allowthe PC to become a center of communications and creativity beyond juste-mail and instant messaging. Windows XP will also allow the user toconnect back to the desktop from any location, and support for new wirelessnetworks will be built in. Windows XP will unify the user's supportexperience by enabling the user to provide temporary and secure control oftheir PC over the Internet to whomever can best help them.
Windows XP takes an end-to-end approach to how people transfer videos andpictures onto their computer, how they use them on their PC and otherdevices, and how they share them, whether in person or through e-mail, over the Web, or through removable media like DVDs and CDs. It extends this experience through applications that help users buy music and videos, mobile devices, services for saving your music on the Internet, and more. Windows XP will make it easier for households to share a single PC and share pictures, music, files,printers, and other resources.
Well, I patiently and painstakingly visited the appropriate websites for all of my hardware (video and sound cards; mother board; digital camera) and software, and 99% of those pages had updated drivers and patches to render their products XP compliant.
Well, the ONLY problem I've had since then is speed. My PC runs some old games TOO FAST (P4 1.7 GHz; 512 MB; GeForce 2 32MB). So I downloaded a utility to slow down my processor when I want to and now all is right in my Windows world. I haven't had anything remotely resembling a crash and haven't even had to reboot except in the normal course of enabling different software features.
The new features are kind of underwhelming, although I do make good use of the multilingual options. There were a few things in Windows 98 and Me upon which I'd hoped XP would improve, but apart from the ability to input and view Chinese characters, there is little to get excited about in terms of XP's new features.
Fortunately, I didn't upgrade for the features but for the efficiency and stability. With that in mind I can only feel that I truly got my money's worth.
After a history of Microsoft-generated headaches (we all seem to conveniently forget about how that company has so immensely improved our world), I'm reluctant to praise them. But after having taken a few simple and necessary measures to render my system compatible, I have to say that Windows XP is not perfect, but quite satisfying and clearly the best Windows OS yet.
I started using computers with Windows 3.1, and I remember the day that Windows 95 and 98 revolutionized the way people used personal computers. Off with the DOS blinders and on to a prettier interface. Unfortunately usability and trustworthiness suffered at this fork in the road. I got fed up with Windows 98 about 6 months ago and upgraded to Windows 2000, then, when I purchased a new computer, I got happily situated in the XPerience. (Sorry about the cliché.)
This new operating system is a must-have for every computer user at any level! It's so stable and easy-to-use, aesthetically pleasing, and intuitive. I like the new interface, which is basically the same as older versions of Windows, but with more colors, and playful texture mapping that gives the computer a relaxed aura instead of some flashback to the dreary, cold, sterile office cubicle.
There are a few concerns that I've heard from most people, such as hardware and software compatibility among older versions, and registration. Although I don't use a wide array of software - in fact I stick entirely to Office XP applications - I do have a few games and accessory programs that I installed on Windows XP without any problems. So, I'll admit to having limited experience in this area, but, my limited experience has been great.
Hardware is one aspect of registration that I dislike. I totally understand Microsoft's philosophy on product registration to avoid piracy, but, I'd personally be ticked if I had to replace my network card for school and then learned that my software had been "turned off." So far I haven't had to mess with new hardware; I pray I never have to.Read more ›
Physically installing this product was an even greater difficulty. I could not find this in a 3.5" format and had to upgrade my PC in order to be able to run the CD. After re-booting, I found that the CD was not mounted and that the software could not be recognized. I spent numerous hours on the phone with MicroSoft Tech support, only to determine that the system requirements were not fully explained in the promotional literature. This upgrade requires an extremely fast processor, at least 512 Mb memory, minimum 40 Gb hard drive. In fact, the system architecture and operating system are completely different! Who knew? I can tell you it is not recommended for the typical Apple II or Mac Plus customer.
This is probably much better suited to the owner of a new Power Mac machine with the latest in video & IO features.
Aside from the sticker shock, I am pretty happy with it. No longer does my computer freeze up every thirty minutes or so. Although I am sure that it has new and improved features, I am not a new and improved kind of guy- Email, some web surfing and word processing pretty well describes my computer use. For this, Windows 98 was just fine. But, time marches on. If you have Windows 98 and are doing fine, there probably no compelling reason to upgrade (I still use Windows 98 on my church computer), but if you are into video, advance graphics or the like, an upgrade would be in order.
There are two features that I appreciate. You can set up user accounts that keep people from changing your settings or reading your private correspondence. And, you are given the option to change the look of the screen to the older Windows look- I guess you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. If you have Windows ME, to not hesitate, dump the junk and buy XP, you will never regret the change.