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This is probably my favourite operating system, when Vista came out, i took an instant dislike to it, sure it had some cool features, but it was power hungry, it took twice the amount of RAM to run than XP did. 7 However boots up much faster than XP and Vista. XP is ideal for a lower powered PC, games that run on XP require 1/2 the RAM than the same game running on Vista. I.e A game running on XP would need 1GB of RAM and the same game running on Vista would need 2GB. XP doesn't have any fancy desktop gadgets like Vista. It's basically an updated version of Windows 98, that supports newer drivers/applications, as well as having a slightly snazzied up desktop environment. XP is a big leap from Windows 98, you maybe confused with all the new buttons and layout of the system, but XP is still simpler to understand than Vista is. I think i'll be staying with XP until Microsoft come out with a new operating system thats less power hungry, 7 does it fairly well, but it's still not to my liking. Unfortunately support for XP will soon be withdrawn by Microsoft, and hence newer games probably won't support the operating system, nor will Microsoft release any further software updates. XP cannot upgrade directly to 7 either, you must format all data on your XP computer to upgrade, whereas Vista users can update to 7 without a system format. I believe XP can be updated to Vista without a format, but i wouldn't recommend that at all. While XP can still run all the games/applications that are out, i think its the best operating system. Its obviously not as fast as Windows 98, but its a damn sight faster than Vista. Slowdown is very noticeable when you try to use the search function when you have a lot of programs installed.
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition has always been the superior package. It has myriad features, and incredibly intuitive and simplistic graphical user interface, and many, many features to get the best out of your hardware. It is naturally the most compatible item on the market, with the vast majority of games and software still aiming themselves at Windows XP. Windows 7 has made no major improvements upon it apart from clunkiness, and Windows Vista has made no improvements upon it whatsoever. It's definitely well worth the money, expensive as it is, because it's the best operating system money can buy. I was astounded to find it can even run on Apple Macs! It's extremely user-friendly and rarely crashes or breaks down, and when it does, it's usually your fault. It's easy to install and uninstall, not that you'd want to do the latter, and this version can be used as many times as you wish. It also has extremely high net safety and has its own strong security system, firewall, file manager and device manager. The control panel is highly intuitive and well worth paying for. It comes in 32 and 64 bit but can always take advantage of all your RAM and it doesn't need to be run from a disk or flash drive like some versions of Linux or Ubuntu. This operating system is extremely functional and looks pretty good while it's doing its job, with its myriad security and multimedia functions to challenge Apple, and Apple are all about multimedia. True, there are more viruses for Windows than there are for Macs, but that's because nobody writes viruses for Macs, because they're rubbish. It all just makes life easier and if something won't run there's always a way around it. It even comes with its own virtual DOS prompt for running ancient programs with. Absolutely any computer game currently on the market will work perfectly on this too. No game requires a better operating system, simply because there isn't one out there. I strongly recommend this OS.
XP professional pre-installed package The PC I have is a refurbished Dell with XP professional installed I purchased from a computer clearance business on the Internet for £90! I bought this in December 2009 after much consideration as to the advantages of having a computer in my home, especially when my attempts at trying to book one in the library becomes an impossible task as they are always often reserved. This has to be one of the best presents I have ever bought for myself for hundreds, if not thousands of reasons I shall begin writing about in the chapters to come. Since I have become IT literate; it makes sense to own a computer, especially one that functions professionally well with all of it's inbuilt features! - The Dell I own is upgraded to the same, similar performance-standards to that of some of the most sophisticated expensive types even though this was bought as an upgrade of a Windows 2000 model. A desktop computer doesn't have to be impressive in aesthetics (looks) or contain some additional programs for it to be considered 'elite' and therefore super-functional. The earlier Apple Macintosh models for instance, can sell at exceptionally competitive rates merely for it's historical value alone and because a great many technology-inspired individuals are smart enough to realize that buying a top-branded PC at ridiculous prices doesn't give them the edge that vintage ones seem to possess and sell very well in the computer market. The one I have, is perhaps likely to be around five years old from birth, but only one years' old since it's refurbishment which makes it semi-vintage but programmed to fully modern requirements. Also, noteworthy is that all computers are at least half a year old by the time that they leave the production line and shipped to retailers who find use for surplus quantities by using them as part of their PC displays (this extends the life on many computers that then either go to waste or get refurbished) An average, desktop PC of the Dell make, are rarely unfordable, but nonetheless still an expense if you are on a budget like me. I had no idea that I could purchase one from a computer clearance trader at such a price-zapping amount! It is such a light; easily maneuverable PC that can look good in any room of the house or flat. I absolutely love the flat monitor screen having been used to the large and cumbersome bulky types that have rapidly declined in the last decade. The viewing format on the bolder ones could rarely be adjusted to create the kind of picture format on flat-screen that give the illusion of everything being that much more tangible and viewer-friendly. predecessor's benign flaws and refurbishment: Considering that this is refurbished, had made me instinctively query why it was re-designed internally in the first instance - was there something intrinsically wrong with the former Windows 2000, or had it just expired because the manufactures were out for a more lucrative upgrade? - Honestly, I don't have all the answers at hand, but I can make a wild guess that it had little to do with some correctional technical or software faults for it to have been succeeded by XP professional, now succeeded by Vista within such a short period of time. One source I was looking at on the E HOW website explains why it is that computers go through the process of refurbishment and says that: "Refurbished is a term that is used to describe older, defective or used computers that have been restored to like-new condition. When a computer is refurbished, parts that aren't working properly are replaced and the unit is cleaned." However, this doesn't explain why it is that the mass marketed and retailed Dell PC (operating with Windows 2000) package were taken out of production based upon seemingly benign flaws, only to be recycled or refurbished along with the newer, Dell PC (Operating with Windows XP professional. Considering that it had taken just a year from 2000 to 2001 for the Windows 2000 to have been unleashed and widely distributed, for which a reported "400 million copies were in use by January 2006", according to an estimate in that month by an International Data Corporation analyst; suggests that the reason it had been taken out of production completely: had a lot more to do with ambition than technicality flaws. My opinion is that all established business corporations such as Dell, are right to profit and maximize potential of a product without it necessarily replacing it altogether. Fortunately the Dell PC operating with Windows XP professional hasn't completely disappeared from existence when it is a completely sound piece of accessible technology. It serves the purpose for which I use it and not because of whether it has a higher capacity for performance of a particular program. Although Windows XP Professional has recently been succeeded by Windows Vista; I fail to understand just how or why markedly superior this operating system is in comparison? The Dell's XP professional capabilities: the full capabilities of the older Dell PC running with XP professional, are that all the hard-drives and installed software are compatible with most, if not all high-tech computers that perform and function in very much the same fashion. All refurbished Dell PC systems such as Windows 2000, are configured with the most up dated of Windows programs (although slightly less advanced) than Vista that for which the program package is designed to improve performance, especially in terms of graphics and why Vista has been crowned the king of the Dell model and sold at extortionate retail prices . The supposed improved usability of Windows Vista as far as I am concerned, does not make it any more accessible as a user-friendly PC and have found that the programs are far slower in response whilst using them in my IT studies at college. Therefore, I would not necessarily consider the Dell XP professional to have a low-profile attraction as an 'out of production' PC when nothing seems to have rivaled it other than the Vista that is supposedly more superior, even though it performs ridiculously slow with complaints of it not living up to its promises! One of the greatest features of the XP professional is that it is equally a Customizable desktop system that can be easily manipulated to the individual users taste. The main reason as to why Dell models are so attractive to consumers is because of it's 'games' element, though do not use mine as a play station when I only use my PC for research; writing these reviews and creating word documents. The various program functions such as notepad, can be used to create you own web pages if you know how to write HTML and understand the concept of it, which for me makes it a wizard in terms of technology capabilities alone. I also like the fact that the pre-installed programs such as Windows media player gives you the options to automatically up-date once a new version has shown a prompt action on your PC. The same applies to Abode flash and license key once they expire. Additional features of this PC as discussed earlier, is that it can be customized to your own preferences with built-in performance speeds that not only adjust PC system performance itself, but for the external features such as mouse scrolling and whether you desire single or double button clicking which is excellent for motor-skills in itself. Once you become PC literate, you will enjoy the leisures of exploring particular programs and functions that are far too comprehensive to write in a single essay. Conclusion: One of the greatest advantages of owning this PC if it is refurbished, is that you are given a year's free anti-virus program for which the first six months were discounted, so, overall, this is an excellent value for money PC at £90.00 and the price is outstandingly cheap for a computer that exceeds all expectations for one that is supposedly in decline. Using the XP Professional package has never given me reason to doubt its amazing capabilities and my PC has not yet broken down once. ~~
You'd think that a 7 year old operating system would not be popular today, but in the case of Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition you'd be wrong - according to the latest global figures from StatCounter - http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-daily-20080701-20090811-bar - nearly 73% of people still use Microsoft Windows XP today! *** Pros *** Well in comparison to its successor, Windows Vista, it requires a smaller amount of memory and hard drive space to install and run it on your computer, it doesn't need a super fast processor (it can run on a PC with an ancient 233MHz CPU), and in terms of software compatability, the majority of programs out there work with Windows XP. As well as being used for home and business PCs, it's also used as the operating system for a lot of commercial/retail applications such as touch screen consumer systems (for example the units in big shopping malls that you'd use to find out where a particular store is in relation to where you are standing now), ATMs (cash machines) and more. It's very easy to use and customisable, and in comparison to Vista it's much faster to load and use. I actually use XP Professional on my home server PC and with the exception of power cuts it never 'dies' on me (touch wood)! If you want to use XP for business or commercial use, the Professional version is definately the better option over the Home version, due to the extra system administration and networking tools you get with it. *** Cons *** Support for Windows XP from Microsoft is being phased out, with support for installations without a service pack withdrawn from 2006, and support for service pack 2 is to be withdrawn in July 2010. The software has been moved from Mainstream Support to the Extended Support phase as it marks the progression of the legacy operating system through the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy. Service packs and updates will still be available from Microsoft but only until April 2014. Security has always been an issue for all versions of Windows XP, and is often targeted by malware/spyware/viruses - something which the software giant has tried to address in Vista and it's latest offering, Windows 7. So really if you are going to use Windows XP you need to install some form of virus/malware protection, especially if you intend to use the PC on the Internet. *** Minimum Requirements *** 233MHz CPU 64Mb RAM 800x600 SVGA display 1.5Gb hard disk space *** My final thoughts *** Microsoft Windows XP Professional is definately a great operating system for home and business use, but due to its age and limited support from Microsoft, its days are numbered really. If you are thinking of upgrading to a newer and less attack prone OS I would suggest waiting for Windows 7 to come out in October and upgrade to that.
I've used Windows XP since forever and even though I have a Vista laptop I prefer to use XP over Vista any day. XP pro is probably the best XP OS generally because it has pretty much all of the features XP can have bar Windows Media Centre. I like XP because it is most like the original 95 layout and is not much different from previous releases; this is probably why XP is still the most popular OS amongst businesses. Actually XP is still the most used OS by far even over Vista, which makes sense with the trouble there was with Vista to start with and now they've fixed these problems it's a bit late in the day to be ordering up Vista when Windows 7 comes out in 3mths time. Actually I'm quite looking forward Windows 7 and although I haven't been part of the beta or release candidate it looks very good and I will definitely purchase it when it comes out in October. Anyway enough about other operating systems, now for an actual Windows XP Pro review. Why would you get XP now anyway (yes you still can buy it)? Well if your laptop or desktop shipped with Vista and you've been holding off the downgrade I would still recommend downgrading, there are things that still make XP great. So why was/is XP so good? Well the interface is much nicer than previous versions with its round 3Dish windows and taskbar. Unlike Vista also XP does not suffer from the incompatibility issues with certain games like COD4 which I had trouble installing in Vista. I'll give it to Vista though it does file handle better than XP in my opinion but you do need more RAM and a better processor for it to do so. Security centre in XP is great; you can control the Windows firewall (I would recommend using this than a dedicated one) and other things like the anti-virus software you have installed plus your automatic updates settings. Installing drivers is hell of a lot easier than Vista. Also I'd like to add that although XP didn't originally support WPA2 encryption it was released in a service pack (not too sure which one) so now we can use all encryption modes available via wireless networks. So overall I would defiantly still recommend getting XP but realistically you should just wait for Windows 7 to come out in October and if you're quick you can get it half price on Amazon for a limited time.
Love it or Hate it, XP is a bit of a legend in the computing world, I don't think there is any other technology that has been around for 8 years without a replacement that has superseded it entirely. It has its security flaws, it has its limitations, but, it gets the job done and is arguably better than it's supposed replacement, Windows Vista. At the time of it's release the design was no doubt revolutionary, it brought colours to a grey world of windows, and made computer's more family-orientated; making it simple to have multiple users on a single computer and removing the need for an IT support team to keep it running smooth! But beneath the fancy new GUI the XP is essentially Windows 2000 with a fancy icon set and updated driver support - oh, and a few wizards to help you on your way! Back in 2001 XP had excellent support for hardware, most things were plug & play meaning that getting stuff to work was simple. Although as hardware as progressed the built in drivers have not, leading to compatibility to be decreased somewhat, this is to be expected though, as having the same hardware restrictions over an 8 year period would lead to very little innovation. Miraculously XP has now been given a new lease of life in "netbooks", the low power of these machines make them ideal for an aging operating system. Despite the low specs by these standards, what you have to consider is that the current 1 gig of RAM that is now considered standard would have been almost unheard of 8 years ago, 1 GB is actually 16 times the minimum requirements of just 64 MB! Unless the upcoming Windows 7 is a success (and early releases look promising) I wouldn't be surprised if a few years from now people were still using it on a day-to-day basis. Although, 8 years on, XP is beginning to show it's age. The 3 GB RAM limit has been surpassed by many users for several years now, with 4 GB plus being common. Microsoft did release a 64-bit edition, although this had very limited driver support - leaving it used only by the most enthusiastic users. Installation is a pretty simple, albeit old looking process, you simply boot your computer up from the CD and then follow the on screen instructions. For the first few stages it looks like you are back in the days of DOS, without a nice GUI to help, although this is for only the most basic of tasks - partitioning your hard drive and copying core system files. I assume it is this "basic" since back in '01 less powerful computer's may not have been able to manage loading a full GUI from a CD. Once the first stages are complete your computer restarts into a much nicer looking wizard, guiding you through the process. This is simple enough for even less-able computer users to follow, and states that it should take around 40 minutes - although with modern hardware this is usually a much quicker process. One downside of the age is that computers now usually use SATA for their hard drive connections, which often require separate drivers under windows XP, and annoyingly the only way to load them is through now near-obsolete floppy disk drives! Once the main installation is done it's just a simple case of setting up your user accounts, and then you are greeted with the desktop. By now this is familiar territory for many computer users, and hasn't really changed much over the years - just a fancy new skin to make it look more "in with the times". For most user's the "pro" features aren't worth the cost, as they bit's that you pay for are often only used by businesses in large networks. Although one feature - remote desktop can be useful for controlling a computer over a network, but you can also get this in the cheaper "media centre" version, which will save you a bit of money and give you a few extra media features. Despite it's age I think that XP is probably here to stay for a long time, it is the operating system that so many of us have used for so many years, making a change to anything else a more difficult move. It is not just home users who are fans; businesses' are unlikely to move away, due to their larger support cost's of distributing a new operating system over many computers. I worthwhile not if you are purchasing is to buy the "OEM" version, as this is much cheaper - it just doesn't come in the fancy packaging. I would still recommend XP to many people, even today, as it is simple to use and allows for you to get a cheaper computer with still similar performance of Vista, making it excellent value for money.
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition (XP) I got XP in the year 2002, I bought it to upgrade my old dell to this new operating system. The dell had Windows ME on it. I had the computer for two years and I never had the Internet ether, and I never got the internet untill 2006. When I bought the operating system I bought it in a computer shop in Lisburn called PC world. It wasn't too badly priced. It was only £100.00! Which wasn't too bad back then for an operating system. How did the Installation run... It installed very quick and easy to be honest. I just put it into my computer and then it brought up the installation and all you had to do is hit buttons that the screen told you to hit e.g. Hit F8 to continue etc. My eight year old nephew could do it! The Box... On the front of the box there is two logos "Microsoft" and "Microsoft Windows XP Professional". There is also the Start bar and the Microsoft logo above the Windows XP. On the back of the box there is information on Windows XP Professional Edition, including pictures, tables and bullet points. On the bottom of the box there is a logo "experience". Inside the box there is four booklets. Booklet one is blue and its the booklet that shows you the information on XP. Booklet two is orange and it had the Installation disc inside it, pictures of Windows XP and the Product key. Booklet three is the limited warranty and limited express warranty booklet and it is white and has eleven languages telling you the warranties of Windows XP. Booklet four is the last booklet and it is blue and it tells you more information on Windows XP e.g. Install Windows XP, Troubleshoot Windows XP. So Booklet four is more of an Information and Instruction booklet. Some feautres of Windows XP... Can surf the internet easily and quickly (quickly depending on your internet company). Can run multible windows, Windows Media Player, Remote desktop, Windows movie maker, Can paint pictures with Paint and many more features. Overal... Overal windows XP is the best operating system out from Microsoft. I would say it is better than Windows Vista. To run windows XP look out for the sticker on the front of your computer it will say Windows XP Compatiable or Designed for Windows XP. Make sure you have a big hard drive so that you can save all your documents, movies, pictures and music. Windows XP can now run on a Mac via Boot Camp. But i would recommend anyone who is using any computer to put Windows Xp Professional Edition on to it as it is the best operating system I have ever used!
this is one of the best peices of software microsoft have ever put out as this is extremely reliable, user freindly, fast, effient and also it is alot safer than most of the operating systems microsoft have puplished over the years this even includes new software like windows vista which hasnt been a great success. windows xp also is very user freindly and looks alot better than all of the previous operating systems that microsoft have put out over the years, another good feature is that if you prefer the older look of windows then you can simply go into the properties and change how the desktop looks. windows xp is also widely used in the business industry as it is widely accepted that it is safe, reliable and very very easy to use without much experience of using a computer. in all i think that xp is one of the best peices of software ever developed.
Ihave been using the windows XP for a while now.As I think its one of the most reliable Operating system that are available aropund the market at present. after the release of the XP SP2 it has become more reliable but I don't find much enhancement in it performance. Servicepack 2 included with numerous bug fix which makes the OS more stable and in some respect solid.with the enhanced firewall settings really discourages the hackers in some respect. Now again after the release of SP3 Microsoft has proved its point on the flaws and enhancements of some of its targeted features.there are few points that i am going to include in this review which I found necessary for the users to know about the new XP SP3.okay first of all I am going to talk about the new pop up blocker in the IE6 which is I think is a great help for the users.As we all are In worries about these unwanted pop ups keep coming back to the page and making the display half seen as well as pushing advertisements on us. So Microsoft done a great work in building such a thing which comes with IE.So when a pop up will come out a message will show in the status bar saying about the opo up to view you just have to click on it.By default it comes with the sound also which you can turn on or off from the menu settings.The Microsoft removed the Media Bar from its latest SP3 so when I tried to download the flash player from Adobe it only blocked it. for security reasons.on clicking on the message will allow you to download the requisite files.the firewall is a great advantage in the new SP3 as you move around the security section you will find the Windows Ypdate,Firewall setting and Anti Virus protection.I would suggest users to keep all of them on and probably keep the additional Antivirus either from the Microsoft or any other vendor.Outlook express comes with a big handy as it blocks all the additional pictures which helps protect the spammers from targetting the pc. Windows XP is really a games friendly OS.All most all the games are suited to the OS and can be played without much Graphics and configuration problems.Since XP with SP2 is more to offer so I would definitely prefer more users for this reliable OS.
Microsoft Windows XP Professional (especially XP sp2) is preferred by most Windows users including me. I have used Windows 3.1, 3.2, 95, 98, ME, XP and Vista. Among them, It is the longest time I use XP and still continue to use it (downgrade from Vista). Why? 1. It is secure and not easy to be attacked. 2. Easy to use. I was familiar with windows 98 and NT, and I learnt to how to use Windows XP quite easily. 3. Good networking 4. Quite good remote control which I use it to remote control my few desktops easily. With remote control, we have different options to access remote PC with different accessibility. Only problem is it can be used only for local area network (LAN). For internet remote control, I have to use other software. 5. Hardware requirements (a Pentium II-300 or faster, 128MB of RAM, and 1.5GB of free disk space) are not harsh. 6. A lot of hardware and software supports. Usually we do not need to worry about the drivers. Drivers of most of hardware can be automatically installed. Some drawbacks Annoying shutdown notification upon automatic update finish. If we do not cancel, it will automatically shut down in a few minutes. What if we are running something without our cares?We will lose invaluable stuff in that case. *this review is also on ciao*
Well I have had many OS's in my time from 95,98,2000, the dreaded ME and a multitude of Linux Distro's, Solaris and Vista. But out of them all XP is my number one, granted crashes happen now and again and I have had to re-install XP numerous times, but it is stable when used well. my opinion was very different until I had used Vista for some months, Vista truly makes XP look amazing. XP has a great User Interface, most if not all programs and games work with it well and problems can be solved easily, SP2 has made XP more secure than ever before and performance is not usually an issue, unfortuanetly 3rd party applications that claim to improve performance are normally the cause of problems with the OS, yes programs that mess around and delete things on the system are usually the cause of it's downfall, moderate users will be happy with XP for many years, it's great for gaming and drivers are numerous whether they be direct from microsoft or found online, so compatability with hardware is not a problem, professional outweights home in it's benefits as many features turned off on the home edition are just too nessecary for most people to not pay that little bit extra, keep your XP updated through the microsoft update website and that will stop most things from ever going wrong. unfortunately microsoft are cutting their support of XP in the near future so that may be a problem if you want the OS to be viable for at least the next 5 years. but if you have to make the choice between XP and Vista, it would be wise to do some research and see which one better meets your needs and which will work best with you current hardware.
Hi, I just got a new laptop running Windows XP Professional and let me tell you, I am very frustrated! I had it for 2 weeks now and I can hardly use it. The system is constantly crashing for no reason giving a different error each time. I am no computer wiz so i have no idea what the error messages mean. I searched the internet to find out that many people had the exact same problem. At first the messages said something about sysdata.xml and than minidump and swap and also memory and also recovery...... and the list goes on and on....needless to say that i will be returning my purchase to the store asking for explanation as to why this is happening.
Right, in a word windows XP professional is great. To all the people who bash it, don't listen to them, they are either too hard to please or don't really get what the idea is all about. When i bought my PC it came with windows xp home, ok fair enough but i wasn't given a boot disc for it and my PC if floppy-less. thats the maunfactures problem not Microsoft. so i went out and bought xp pro, get it home , the install is foolproof you cant really go wrong, as long as you look after things like your motherboard drivers cd, and other cd's for graphics etc you shouldn't have too much trouble installing it, upgrading from a previous Operating System is also, pretty much painless. You get the File and settings transfer wizard to be able to copy over all your bookmarks and settings, for example maybe you have specific network settings for your home network, where u have a certain DNS server and you have proxy things like that, so basically the settings you transfer make your PC feel like you already had it , just with the new features and that with the new windows xp. nice :) If you buy it now, more than likely you get xp service pack 2 people will tell you about that till the cows come home how they think the windows xp fire wall is not good, don't listen, for the average user, yes it works, ok fair enough but there are plenty of fire walls you can get if you don't like it. microsft cant pelase everyone, with the security center in windows it will buy you to get anti virus and anti spy ware programs and to keep your computer updated, saves you forgetting:) features part easy networking with friends and family, with remote assistance also, if you have a family remember you can easily allow them to access your PC to help you with some work or even fix something for you/install where u can watch and learn about what there doing. from their computer, be it upstairs, same town, or even in another continent. Internet, ...in my opinion tho windows xp works well with dial up Internet, i strongly suggest that you use it with a high speed connection, it will save you a lot of frustration however I'm sure as many broadband companys regret, sadly that isn't possible, internet explorer, i suggest strongly that you upgrade this to the latest version always because people will know time and time again about how they believe it has problems etc, its simply not worth the critisism that they give it, you can do a lot with internet explorer and it can save you time. plus most if not all web sites are optimized for it and its the business standard. talking of business standard, what operating system is in the office....yes...windows xp i say office meaning office....not oh a computer game programmers office or maybe a web site designers office, the average office, hence the name windows xp professional, why...because everyone else is using it, explain to me why people would use at work a different type of operating system than they use at home, some people are really novice computer users and haven't got the time or piece to learn multiple operating systems windows xp has great support for an unprecedented amount of programs games and even server tools for example you can hose a website for other people to view, from your pc. companies like apple, provide for example quicktime, for use with ipods and music and quicktime video, they have a download for windows that you can put on your pc. ease of use tip, F1 is your best friend. press it for help inside the program your using or minimize all programs and press F1 to get main windows help also, microsoft.com have page after page of usefull help, they WANT you to be able to use their software. Even the smartest computer person will read the manual, look for help with his pc when he needs it, no1 is a genius and know everything allready. another key feature of xp that i have distinguised from earlier versions is plug and play...this means plug sumthign in and off you go... e.g., mp3 player, just put it in, copy files, play...go listen e.g., usb keyboard, plug it in, play...use e.g. usb mouse, printer a LOT of things are available on usb, also, networking is also plug and play virtually all current software will work on windows xp. its what their developing for now i could be criticized into ..oh but a new version of windows is out soon... i say..and? the reason is some people don't have either the money or the computer specification for that, plus, im my opinion windows xp is tried and tested, you need 233mhz, processor and 256mb ram i guess most of you have that with windows vista you need 1gz processor and 512 mb ram and I'm sure not all of you have that let alone the powerful graphics card needed. disadvantages, personally i dont think there are any disadvantages there are disadvantages with some peograms that you can buy and put on there and people go and blame windows for it, if you just left windows as it was from the cd you would have no problems, microst release updates to their operating system on a regular basis to make it stronger and better than you previously had it set up. one could be, price...so shop around and buy the cheapest one
the windows professional xp 64bit edition has been released.I have it and i can say that it works perfectly,the performance on 64bit is remarkable it is much better then on the standard os with 32bits.There is only one problem some programs do not work on win64 ,but new versions of these programs is going to be released so they will be compatible with win64.you need a 64-bit processor to start win64 and than new windows is available it`s awesome i can say there are some new things like the internet explorer there is a 32bit and 64bit iexplorer on win64...and so on and on this is the new generation till 128 :p