Solved Difficulty finding Service Packages etc for XP basic user

Sony / Pcv-rx650(uc)
November 1, 2013 at 08:54:20
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 1.614 GHz / 511 MB
Its been some time since I have reinstalled xp I had a real hard time finding all service packs and so forth as they no longer offer them.
Right now I am looking into buying a new P.C just not sure exactly what I am looking for as I have heard horror stories on the new Windows. So for now I would like to stick with what I have.
All this said is there a stress free way to get this old beast running smootly with a clean install and not having to chase down service packs and so forth.

Thanks so much

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November 1, 2013 at 19:23:29
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If you want your system to run decently, you need more RAM, lots more RAM; 512MB isn't nearly enough for decent performance. Bring the total up to 2-3GB & you'll get a huge boost. However, if you're asking about a VAIO PCV-RX650, the max it can handle is only 1GB (2 x 512MB).

You should also install a cheap AGP video card to get off the onboard graphics. And if you do a clean install of XP, you should not have to "chase down service packs and so forth". XP is still fully supported, all you need to do is run Windows Update over & over again until all the updates are installed. Drivers are another issue but they should still be available from Sony.

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November 2, 2013 at 05:47:58
Thanks Riider

Thank you explained in simply. I know our system is way outdated we do not want to update the plan is on getting a new computer all together.
But the thing is we are on the fence between continuing with Microsoft or going Mac seems anyone I have spoken to gave up on Microsoft and turned to Mac and never looked back.

So if we could just make that decision we would run out and buy one today : )

Things have really changed and you go into stores and they want to charge you for this and that they really push $$$$ to remove all bloatware.

It is a big decision as we do not want to have to replace the new one anytime soon.This one has lasted us 12 years believe it not...but with all the updates still coming in from Microsoft this beast is slowly chocking up : (

So on closing we want to know what we should be looking for in specs:

Top of the line would be nice in either Mac or Microsoft

System Memory (RAM)

Hard Drive Capacity

Processor Brand

Processor Type

Processor Cores

Video Card

Preferable Brands if Microsoft

And anything else I might have missed.

Thanks again

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November 2, 2013 at 06:29:32
I know nothing about Macs so I can't help you there. And any new PC you buy is going to have Windows 8 (& a boat load of bloatware). I've used it very little myself & don't care for it. The new 8.1 version is supposed to address a lot of the complaints about 8.0, such as lack of a Start button, so I'll probably be giving it another look soon.

Another alternative would be to ride out the PC you have a little while longer, but you're going to have to add more RAM. Is $15-20 to add another 512MB too much of an "investment"? You can then wipe the HDD & install a modern version of Linux, such as Mint or Zorin. Or would you prefer to spend $1000 or more for a "top of the line" computer?

BTW, Microsoft doesn't make computers, they make software.

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November 2, 2013 at 12:26:21
If you get it running before April 2014 then all the service packs should arrive as part of Windows Update. Might take a while but you just stand back and let it get on with it apart from the odd restart.

If you are intending to keep XP consider these:

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 3, 2013 at 09:26:06
Thanks to both replies will take both of your advices. Always can count on someone on here to help out : )

Have a great rest of the weekend and will post back sometime sooner than later to give an update.

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November 3, 2013 at 11:02:18
Fine, we'd like to know how it shakes out.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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