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      03.10.2010 22:39

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      This is a great piece of software

      Microsoft XP just works.
      XP has been around for a number of years which makes it a truly tested software, businesses still use Microsoft XP which is a testament to how good it is.
      I've been using XP for number of years now and even though Vista and now seven are out I've don't want to upgrade.
      Windows XP will run on a Pentium II machine with 64 meg of RAM this is how great the operating system is Windows 7 and Vista already memory hungry which forces you to upgrade your system.
      Windows XP isn't supported through Microsoft any longer again a way to force a user to upgrade.
      Windows XP is not any easy-to-use and not too much of a handful to install but also you will find on the Internet a massive wealth of information regarding troubleshooting and resolving issues.
      I would always go with Microsoft XP over Vista and Windows 7 any day.
      In conclusion windows XP is my operating system of choice it looks good is easy to install doesn't require a really fast machine and has minimal issues.
      Because Windows XP has been around for a number of years you will find your peripherals will work with it XP also supports both USB one and USB two formats.
      I really like Windows XP and until an operating system truly beats the software I won't be changing anytime soon.
      I would recommend this software to anyone who is having issues with Windows 7 and Vista and is a great update to Windows millennium.
      Even though Windows XP has been out for number of years businesses still recognise this operating system to be the most reliable one that Microsoft have produced

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      24.08.2010 07:54
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      One of my preferred operating systems is Windows XP. While Windows 7 may be popular especially since Windows Vista turned out to be a flop, Windows 7 still requires a fast CPU, plenty of ram and a decent graphics card. On the other hand Windows XP home still runs without problems on a netbook or a notebook computer with 512mb to 1gb of ram.

      Windows XP is a very user friendly operating system. It's easy to install software and there are plenty of drivers available for a wide range of different hardware.

      One of the main problems with Windows 98 was the need to do a complete format and reinstall every 6 months due to installing drivers and software that would eventually cause the system to crash. This was also initially a problem with Sevice pack 1 however this has become less of a problem as Microsoft has released system updates.

      One of my main criticisms with Windows XP would be the amount of virus around. Unless you have anti virus protection, it can be all too easy to visit a webpage and end up with the system being hijacked and turned into a spybot machine.

      I've been using XP for over 6 years and it does everything I need. Windows 7 still requires at least 4GB of ram for smooth performance, for this reason I would recommend Windows XP.

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      03.07.2010 10:55
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      My windows experience really began in the mid nineties when Bill Gates revolutionised home computing by perfecting his windows browser, Windows95, which meant his old Windows 3.1, a boring dos office package of basic columns, tables and blue and yellow text ect, suddenly became extremely old fashioned. Windows 95 was completely different, complimented brilliantly by something called the 'World Wide Web', although many would contest that the 'W stands for something else now. Those same people would certainly describe Windows Vista as that 'W' word.

      In the 80s the geeks of the world - mostly in California- had been sending electronic mail to each other through computers whilst working on various science and university experiments, the internet portal really just a third dimension to telephony. But once visual images could be fired down phone lines through modems and so come out in your living room or office computer the web went mainstream. Things called search engines sprung up and whatever you tapped in to them magically appeared. We now had a reason to buy home computers and it was called internet porn! Ok, it's not universally accepted that porn got the internet up and going to what it is today but sex stuff is still the majority of traffic, to the point that the elephant tin the room now has its own xxx domain name. If you could only read classic books and recipes online then I wouldn't be writing this and dooyoo certainly wouldn't exist. The PCs quickly moved upstairs and were no longer just games consuls to spotty young boys in the 90s, our lives starting to shrink back into the furtive world of cyberspace, were fantasy could be explored, and where we are still stuck now as the latest Microsoft browser, Windows 7, increasingly controls our lives and so buying habits.

      After Win95 came Win98, just updated drivers and media packages if the truth be told. But the internet was changing super fast and the chips couldn't handle all that porn and something called spam, increasingly complex and so power hogging websites demanding faster and faster microprocessors. Windows 2000 followed and was quickly re-badged as Windows Millennium, little difference between Win98, some say a step backwards. Then came Windows XP, what I'm running on my Samsung Netbook, the weather warm enough to tap this out in the garden, Office 2000 providing the word processor. XP could deal with complex web pages and so computers stopped crashing and pages stopped freezing, a far more powerful beast. Only last year I was running Win98 on a Pentium 2 chip and in just one year the internet had slowed it down to a crawl on my home PC. You can no longer get away with 'winging it' online. You need top kit. My Samsung NC10 is heaven.

      Incredibly, XP is nearly ten years old, and soon to lose Microsoft support, Win98 and 2000 losing theirs back in 2008. That means you can't get patches and fixes from the Microsoft websites anymore and so it will be harder to beat viruses and mend problems. A constant upgrade of operating system means you have to upgrade everything else in the office, how Gates really makes his money, which means he wants you to buy Windows 7, which replaced Windows Vista quite recently, which no one liked, all manner of bugs on that baby! XP was also the first to introduce serious anti-copying measures, which meant if you bought one from the carboot sale you needed a key code to get it running. But you could always search the internet and find one eventually for free. I think there were only about 15 codes in total. I did on my old PC. Oops! But XP's biggest criticism was for being open to virus attacks through surprisingly insecure features of the operating system. I'm not very technical but basically going back to the porn most men (and some women) only really used the net to look at naughty stuff and so that's how 90% of computer viruses get on home computers and laptops, meaning most targeted Microsoft as most of us have it, why Apple Mac systems are far safer. If you hubbies PC or laptop has a virus I afraid he has been looking at busty wenches...or maybe, even, naked men! That doesn't make women very happy and certainly makes them even more insecure about themselves. Tip, never suggest to your girlfriend or misses that you should look at porn together in the bedroom.lol. Wait until she suggests it so you know how she feels about your failing efforts in the sack to turn her on!

      I like XP and it marries well with various anti virus packages when you are online and I have had no issues with running soft or hardware. In fact I have no problems at all with it on my Samsung NC10. I have not had to reload it once and it has never crashed, as yet no blue screens, which is really rather wonderful. On Win98 it would crash twice a day, although I did have just 256mb of feeble memory. It feels odd not to have to suffer frozen screens and locked software.

      XP and Microsoft are still dominating home and office computing because they give away free expensive to develop software in the packages, like Windows media players, which caused a stink, resulting in a 500 billion Euro fine. Because Microsoft had the market share they make it hard for other operating systems and browsers and software to talk to their kit, denying them various codecs and links to run on Microsoft software, why few people buy and run real player still, the superior player to Windows Media players. Even though Microsoft software is fairly priced for what it is and eventually free through the very nature of the internet and so Gates losing billions that way the Monopolies Commission are always on his back so to trouser those huge fines, which never seem to end up with the consumer, or in this case, real player. I reckon Microsoft fines keep the European Union going.

      It's easy to set up and there's no need to load dos anymore first on floppy discs like you did with Win95 and some versions of Win98. Those were not the days. Just slot it in the disc drive and its all done in a fifth of the time it took to load Windows 2000. If you crash during usage there are plenty of recovery options with XP although I have yet to try them as it's that reliable. Most modern laptops and PC's are preloaded with operating systems.

      -Uses-

      Scan, organise and share your digital photos

      Download, store, and playback of the highest quality digital music

      Digital video editing and sharing

      DVD playback with full-screen controls (requires a decoder)

      DirectX for best gaming experience

      Communicate with instant messaging, voice and video conversations

      Easily connect and share the computers and devices in your home

      Remote Connection for help and support...

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      System requirements-

      PC with 300 megahertz (Pentium 2 chip minimum) or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233 MHz minimum required (single or dual processor system);* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, or AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended

      * 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features). Cram as much ram in as you can.

      * 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available hard disk space although you will need more for other software so aim for 5 GB minimum. The more ram and GB space you have the slicker operating systems run.

      * Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor.

      * CD-ROM or DVD drives (to load operating system, of course!)

      * Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device


      - - - -Additional Items or Services Required to Use Certain Windows XP Features

      * Some Internet functionality may require Internet access, a Microsoft .NET Passport account, and payment of a separate fee to a service provider. Broadband is the only internet access worthwhile now. Some poor sods in the sticks have to use dial up so you need 128 bit or higher-speed modem to get any data down the line. It's better to move house than use dial up. Network adapters are appropriate for the type of local-area, wide-area, wireless, or home network you wish to connect to, and access to an appropriate network infrastructure. Clever people can link up friends computers through a 'lan network' and only pay one broadband package. I'm not that person. Wifi areas in bars and cafes offer free internet. Just let the laptop search for a signal and then accept the download.

      * For instant messaging, voice and videoconferencing, and application sharing, both parties need: Microsoft .NET Passport account and Internet access or Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server instant messaging account and network access (some configurations may require download of additional components) to use msn messenger. Messenger is the best way to talk free on the internet to other people who have msn (or other) messengers.

      * Microphone and sound card with speakers or headset. Older computers require cards to produce sound and vision, on and off line. Basic video and sound cards seriously affect screen resolution. Those ladies boobies will be blurred boys.

      For sound you need that Sound card and speakers or headphones. Some lap tops have microphones and mini speakers so you can talk online but not all. New netbooks and laptops do tend to have tiny webcams and speakers. Portable microphones cost a tenner.

      * For DVD video playback (playing movies online from DVD's) you need a DVD drive and DVD decoder card or DVD decoder software and at least 8 MB of video RAM. Anyone who has a netbook probably won't have a DVD player built in so an external DVD/CD/Burner player is required.


      * For Windows Movie Maker (making home movies) you need the video capture feature, which requires appropriate digital or analogue video capture device, be it a digital camera or webcam recorder. You need a more powerful chip processor of at least 400 MHz to stop flicking or jarring on digital video camera capture.

      -Links

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP

      http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.aspx

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        01.07.2010 22:10
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        Much better than Vista

        Windows XP is an operating system created by Microsoft for use on computers. I bought my first laptop about 6 years ago and this was the operating system which was included in the sale.


        * What is Windows XP? *

        As stated above, Windows XP is an operating system produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers. It was first introduced in 2001 and follows on from Microsoft 's earlier products, Windows 2000 and Windows ME. There are two main versions available; Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional. As my laptop came with the home edition this is the product that I shall be reviewing.


        * Features *

        Windows XP differs from Microsoft's previous creations in the following ways:

        * Faster start up
        * A more user-friendly interface
        * Faster user switching (changing from one user to another whilst programmes are still running)
        * Redesign of the start menu and addition of some visual effects


        * System Requirements *

        Processor: 233MHz (minimum)
        300MHz or higher (recommended)
        Memory: 64 MB RAM (minimum)
        128 MB RAM or higher (recommended)
        Hard Drive: 1.5 GB disk free space or higher


        * Summary *

        I found this operating system sleek and easy to use. It has the much loved features and layout of other Windows operating systems but it has some additional features and a much more modern feel to it. The familiar layout and menu titles mean that the system is instantly easy to use, especially if you are used to using another Windows operating system such as Windows 2000 or older.

        I have Windows XP on my partner's laptop and on my newer laptop, I have Windows Vista. Windows XP is the far better of the two. Any documents, programmes, games and software created for or used with Windows 2000 (or an earlier version) can easily be used with Windows XP. However, this cannot be said for Windows Vista and it is a complicated process to make programmes compatible with this operating system. Windows XP is far more convenient and user friendly. Unfortunately, Windows are pulling the plug on this operating system very shortly and, according to their website, Windows XP will no longer be sold with new PCs/laptops as of October 22, 2010.

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          07.07.2009 16:01
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          Better than Vista

          Windows XP is an operating system developed by Microsoft. It was first released in 2001 but has since been succeeded by Windows Vista and the forthcoming Windows 7.

          I have experience in using both XP and Vista (my work computer is XP, whilst I have Vista at home) and I can honestly say that I much prefer XP.

          When it was first released many people weren't impressed with XP, but I have grown to love it. The changed Start menu makes it easier to load your most-used programs thanks to a handy "pin to start menu" feature which means your favourite programs show-up on a handy list as soon as you click the Start button! Tip: for even faster program loading, give Launchy a try... www.launchy.net ...also reviewed on dooyoo! :)

          The Start menu list also contains a link to the new Control Panel which has a different interface to previous versions of Windows, although this can be changed to the classic view with a click of your mouse. The Control Panel allows you to create and manage the different user accounts that can log-on to Windows, as well as giving you control over a whole host of other options.

          XP has many built-in tools that allow you to maintain your computer, one of the new ones being System Restore which allows you to restore your computer's settings to an earlier point in time. This is a great feature that can be very handy if/when your machine develops a problem.

          XP isn't as bloated as Vista is (look at all the rubbish you get on the Vista desktop), it seems to have fewer updates that you have to install (or maybe that's cos Mircosoft are concentrating on Vista and Windows 7?) and just generally seems to be more reliable - I can't remember the last time I saw the blue screen of death on XP!

          On the downside, XP doesn't look quite as flashy as Vista does and it can sometimes take a while to boot-up, although the time will vary from computer to computer. Some of the built-in utilities also aren't as good as they could be - Windows' defragging and uninstalling tools are two that can be better through free downloads.

          All-in-all though, it's a pretty nice operating system!

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            29.12.2008 15:04
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            All about microsoft xp

            I have three word for this software, easy, organize and creative, 3 main adjective that I can say about this one. I think microsoft company has made a great research team because they know the things that they need to improve and the additional tools for this software. We all know that before their are things that really annoys us when we do our research and other stuff in our pc, like doing catalogs, business cards and putting invitation names to envelopes. So many things press and so many commands to deal with but with some additional tools added to this software things are as easy as 1-2-3. Alright here are the changes and added tools for Microsoft Windows XP..


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            Microsoft word

            I can say that the biggest change here is its more organize than before, plus the tools are well displayed. You don't need to look for minutes, what to press and what to use, you save time plus you can do things in one click. Beacuse its so easy and you have more time to do some changes with the thing that you are doing, this is where your creativity comes out.

            Microsoft Powerpoint

            Just like what they did to word the tools are now organise and well displayed, what really the changes is the movie and sound tools. I don't know but I haven't seen in the old program this kind of tool, you can actually do a great report presentation with this kind of tool.

            Cool Added tools.

            Microsoft Publisher

            For me this is one of the best addition to this software, you can do brochures, flyers, gift certificate business card etc, in just a matter of time. Just in out the necessary information to the saved format and its done and ready to print. I took up marketing major and of course we have lots of catalogs and brochures as projects, and men it took me about 3 hours just to finish a catalog. And because its time consuming you will have a hard time to do some artworks, sometimes I end up disappointed with the outcome. With this tool things are very easy and you can choose variety of styles and designs.

            Movie maker

            For all music lovers, creative people and for those who has a band or into music this one is the best added tool for you. This is where you can record your music then edit or make some changes, its easy and very nice. Or if you want try to do some remix songs, or if you love to do music videos this is the tool to play with.

            Words are not enough how wonderful this software is, you need to experience those changes. You can do those things that is so hard to do and in a easiest way, so try to have this one and you will know what I'm talking about.

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              26.08.2008 16:01
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              Great Operating System - Recommended Buy!

              Windows XP, my one and only ever operating system! I have tried Mac and tried Vista on other computers, and i don't think they compare to XP! Vista is trying to be an Apple product, and i don't think you can enjoy a mac after years of Microsoft!!! I love all the hidden features of it and trying to figure stuff out with it! Admittedly its a very dated OS nowadays but millions of computers still use it! It's a powerful operating system and it's good at what it does! Fair enough there are bugs in it still that need to be eliminated, and it is prone to viruses unlike an Apple Macintosh but i think what XP needs more than anything is a second release, exactly how it is but with all the bugs eliminated! XP2 =] Because no amount of Special Packet updates can fix an operating system! It needs to be independently and professionally improved. The XP computers would fly off the shelves! Its user friendly with a great help system! Obviously the variety of features are endless with a little bit of imagination and reliability is great, if you treat it right :)

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                11.08.2008 21:56
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                I would be lost without it

                We all have a little bit of a moan now and again about Windows but the majority of us use it and go back to it again and again.

                Windows is so popular and most of the people who use computers tend to use it.

                A lot of computers come with Windows as standard but you can buy it separately, however this is expensive.

                Windows has many different features, most as standard and has games built in so you can play. It has an explorer so you can search the internet also. It is easy to navigate and has a very simple layout which can be changed to suit your needs.

                Windows media player also comes with Windows, this allows you to play your music or watch videos either from your computer, cd or downloaded items.

                I personally love windows and hate it. I would be lost without it but sometimes wish some things didn't happen, i.e. when your computer crashes without you saving your work!! Great when Microsoft office recovers it though.

                There are several types of windows versions. The newest is Vista, and this one I have not had the pleasure of testing. For now I am happy with XP.

                Overall, great operating systems with some technical flaws, as all things do. xx

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                  26.07.2008 03:16

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                  not worth the money, even if its free.

                  let me make this quite clear. microsoft is only popular for one reason, because it is installed on every computer bought, with the exception of the minority.

                  If it is not installed on the computer you have bought, dont buy it.

                  its first flaw, like all other microsoft OS systems is that its security is very poor. a good OS does NOT require constant virus scanning. if you want a good system there are many variants of linux out there to suit EVERYONES needs, get that instead. or even mac OS.

                  windows XP has no elegant simplicty to it what so ever, instead it barrages you with constant boxs requiring yes no answers. lets face it, i think microsoft are taking the pee slightly. to add to that its quite disobedient, and its help features are useless. there is more chance of getting blood from stone than managing to get XP to do what you want first time, and then when it does decide to do something its slow. unless you are NASA and build a rig capable of flying a space rocket to the moon and back you will be waiting forever for XP to do what you want.

                  On top of the fact that this system is actually unbielevably slow and asks more questions than your grandmother, its expensive too! Why pay when there are FREE operating systems out there ( linux being one! ).

                  to be quite honest, microsft is only popular because its a big organisation and has managed to get its operating system on every computer bought.

                  my question is: when you dropped out of schooling bill gates, what were you thinking?

                  Ps. i wont even start on the coding issues or we will be here all night. ( sp 2 will fix the problem......oh no, it wont. but it will kill your pc a bit more and corrupt quite a few files.)

                  if you do wish to get a new operating system, then may i recommend linspire. which can be google and got for FREE.

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                  18.07.2008 20:45

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                  Good and reliable

                  I have had andused windows xp for several years now and have just advanced onto VISTA however I would say to all people with XP to stay wit this versions of windows. The xp version has a wide variety of software that works from windows 98 also but on the new windows version of VISTA not many windows 98 software works with it. I take it to be a fact that the windows operating systems stopped allowing users t use the microsoft dos prompt after windows 2000 millenium edition. I find XP allows the user to do many things and also has the same type of back routes to get round problems as its previous counterparts. It also does not ask you every five minutes for administrator privilages, whic as far as im concerned if you sign in on the administrator password it should not keep asking you every few seconds whether you would like to be in administrator mode, it should stay in it.

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                  06.06.2008 16:07

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                  Windows Emotion (XP)

                  I have to say I like Windows XP still, I have it all updated to all the Service Pack 3 and BETA versions of everything, however it woeks perfectly for me.

                  I have to be honest, I left it for Ubuntu (see my Ubuntu reviu) however I did miss Windows, mainly because of the fact that it it is user friendly and almost EVERY program works well on it!, as I said in my ubuntu review, not every program works well on Ubuntu, using the WINE software.

                  I still preffer the XP to the new vista, solely because, I am not used of if, plus it took me ages to configure how to turn it off! with XP you just have one big red button meaning off... unfortunately I am not reviewing vista here, so I better get back to XP!

                  XP... hmm what else... you have 3 bottom bar colours to choose from, or go back to the old 98/95 versions... ALL pre XP versions work on it...

                  ok I think thats all I have to say about that (please mail me if I have missed, probably ALOT out of it :P thanks! :)

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                  13.04.2008 20:55

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                  Best overall operating system,

                  Windows XP Home first released in 2001 is a big step up from previous versions of Windows, with a much brighter and easier to user interface and more features.

                  XP comes with all the things you'll need to browse the internet, listen to music, watch videos and create basic documents.

                  Internet Explorer is provided for browsing the internet, Wordpad is included allowing you to create basic documents, Windows Media Player is pre installed for listening to music and watching videos.

                  XP Home Edition is the most popular OS so most software is compatible, the desktop looks quite smart but could be more user friendly, XP is a versatile OS but can be daunting for new users its also to easy to corrupt vital components, which will often require an experienced user to repair.

                  Online safety needs to be improved, SP2 has improved things a little by adding the Windows firewall, but there's still a lot more that could to be done to tighten up security.

                  Overall easy to use, full of useful features and a relatively reliable OS.

                  Still the best operating system, Vista still has too many bugs, Mac and Linux suffer from lack of compatibility.

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                  05.03.2008 18:11
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                  A great operating system.

                  Windows XP is the most commonly used version of Microsofts popular Windows operating system or OS. It is feature packed and has low requirements so it will run on most PCs.

                  The Look
                  Microsoft has really jazzed Windows XP up compared to the previous dull grey looks of Windows 2000. As soon as you boot into the Windows interface you will be greeted with a friendly blue Welcome screen with the colourful new Windows logo. To begin you simply click your username, which will be displayed along with a little picture of your choice, you can pick from a car, frog to a cute dog or add your own picture if you prefer. Once you have entered your password and clicked the green enter button you will be taken to the new Windows Desktop. Here the new look is also in full effect as we get a new blue Taskbar with a bright green Start button, along with a very nice wallpaper with green rolling hills and blue sky, which is appropriately called Bliss. Windows now animate a lot better popping up when you click on them and the start menu slickly slides open when pressed. These neat little effects can take their toll on slower hardware so you will be pleased to know you can switch them off, and for a classic professional (boring!) look you can switch to Windows Classic which is reminiscent of Windows 2000.

                  Using XP
                  Using XP is a pleasure over previous versions of Windows; it is so much more helpful and intuitive. For a start the Start menu has been given a makeover when clicked you will see your default web browser and E mail client, your recently used applications and there is a handy button to click which will show you all your programs. On the other side you have quick links to your documents, pictures, music and My computer. Power users will love the integration of the control panel and a handy button to set program defaults. If you are stuck you can use the included Help and Support button to search for problems and Search to find your missing documents, along with the Run button to run a program. At the bottom of the start menu you have the Log off button and a button to turn off your PC. They have introduced a new function here called switch user which is accessible when you press the log of button, this allows you to change user accounts but it saves your desktop as it is and keeps any programs you had open running. This can drain resources a little but it is very convenient especially if you share a PC.

                  Using devices with XP is so much easier than ever before as Windows has many basic drivers preloaded, so simply plug your device in and whether it be a USB memory stick or a Printer, Windows will probably detect it and you will be able to use it straight away! You may not get all functionality from the basic Windows drivers and have to download and install them but at least you can use your device!

                  Security is important to Windows XP and it has been given a brand new Security Centre in its update to Service Pack 2, here you can configure Windows Firewall, which will protect your PC from anyone trying to hack you. You usually have to pay to get a firewall so the fact that Windows provides one for free is very welcome. Windows Automatic updates are also accessible from here, no longer do you need to visit Microsoft.com to get your updates (you can if you want to) it is so easy to configure Windows to automatically update itself with all the latest features and security patches. You can pick a time you want Windows to update and it will do it, simple as that. Windows will also manage your Virus protection software, informing you if it ever gets out of date, this is useful but Windows cannot assist you in updating your antivirus and provides no basic antivirus of its own.

                  Windows XP has a lot of built in gizmos to keep you playing around, these include some great features such as a magnifier to help you read the fine print you sometimes get, a narrator to read your documents and web pages to you, though he is a bit of a drone and you may fall asleep while listening to him! An on screen keyboard, which is really helpful in situations such as if your keyboard isn't detected or is damaged, you can still use Windows properly. A sound recorder which is great fun to muck around with recording your own sounds and speeding them up or slowing them down! A basic word processor called WordPad but I recommend you get Microsoft Office or at least Open Office as it is rather basic. You also get your usual array of built in Windows games, FreeCell, Hearts, Backgammon, Reversi, Spades, Minesweeper and a new game called 3D Pinball which are all great for playing around on when we should be working!

                  For Internet access Windows is extremely easy to set up and after simply plugging in an Ethernet connector you will be online straight away, if you have a wireless card in your PC Windows XP has a built in Wireless Network configuration utility which will get you online in no time. Windows Internet Explorer is the default browser provided which one of the best and has all the functions you would expect, bookmarking, tabbed browsing, integration of Windows Media Player and a handy customizable built in search bar. I would use it but as most of the malware on the Internet is targeted at Internet Explorer as it is the most common browser I prefer to use Mozilla Firefox. To access your Emails Windows XP has a built in version of its very popular mail client Outlook, this is called Outlook Express which is a stripped down version. Here you can easily manage your emails and address book but there are no calendar and notifying facilities that you get with the full version of Outlook.

                  Multimedia is easily accessible on Windows XP through Windows Media Player, this will play all your music, videos, DVDs and so on. The interface is quite slick and has been modernised. It includes some really interesting visualizations you can watch while your music is playing and can become quite hypnotic! It also has cool skins available for it so you can completely change the look to suit you. Games are also available for Windows XP, XP has support for DirectX 9 which is out of date now with the launch of DirectX10 but that is exclusive to Microsoft's new OS Windows Vista. I wouldn't worry too much though as many games do not support Direct X10. The catalogue of games available for XP is immense and spans many genres, from Flight Simulator 2004 to Unreal Tournament 3, Windows XP will keep every gamer happy and until DirectX 10 is the standard I see no need leave XP and buy Vista.

                  Conclusion & System Requirements
                  As you can see the system requirements are quite low and most PCs will have no trouble running XP, however I would recommend a 1GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, 80GB Hard Disk and a DVD drive to get all the benefits out of Windows XP. Of course the better the machine you have the faster XP will run so if you are buying a new machine, don't skimp out and get the cheapest available! A Windows XP OEM License will cost you around £65 and a retail copy will cost you around £170, I strongly recommend the OEM version as the only benefit you get with the retail version is tech support and no amount of tech support is worth £100 more! The price for the OEM version is fair price to pay; but the retail is a bit of a rip off and for a little more you could get Windows Vista. Overall Windows XP is a great and easy to use operating system; you've got to love the look and feel that the new version of Windows offers along with its wide range of built in features. With its wide range of supported devices and software and low system requirements I cannot find any fault with it! 5/5

                  System Requirements
                  300 MHz CPU
                  128 MB of RAM
                  1.5 GB of available hard disk space
                  Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution video adapter with at least 8 MB of video RAM and monitor
                  CD-ROM or DVD drive
                  Network adapter
                  Sound card and speakers
                  Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

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                  16.10.2006 00:04

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                  great software

                  Windows XP is the newest version of computer server. It is also the most advanced and the best version of Windows avaliable.
                  ***Home Edition***
                  In the Home Edition of Windows XP there is everything you need to listen to music (Windows Media Player), edit and view pictures (Windows Picture and Fax Viewer), watch media (Windows Media Player), write anything you want (Microsoft Word), explore the internet (Internet Explorer) and write emails (Outlook Express). Of course, these are only the basics. You can do so much more with Home Edition. I am a young photographer (I bet noone new that!) and so I have loads of photoshop software.
                  ***Games***
                  Well, if you are not living in the 21st centuary, you may not know that your computer can also be used to play games. Solitaire, Hearts, Pinball, Freesell, Spider Solitaire and Minesweeper are default games for XP but there are also many internet games and the Windows XP software allows you to download as many games as your microchips can hold.
                  ***Control Panel***
                  The XP software also gives you the opportunity to give users access to the CP. Everyone has the capability to change their background or screensaver!

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                  better operating systems on the market or for free.

                  Windows XP has had many updates and Microsoft say it is now their best operating system, but why has it taken a service pack 2 for micrsoft to deal with the problem? This code should have been written better in the first time.
                  This software is expensive, but people don’t know what other choices they have, and the marketing machine of Microsoft will lead them to believe there is no other option.
                  Ok, look at this, and this is just my point of view, and I could be massively wrong, and I accept no responsibility, but most people with windows use Microsoft office, how much does that cost? Say £190 (est) well if you buy a computer without windows, you save an average of £100, you can use linux Knoppix (which is similar to windows) and this software is free. Even better you get a cool Office package, which contacins everything and more that Microsoft office contains. Less people try to hack into your system/computer if you use anything other than windows.

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