What version of XP to choose

Gateway / Mx6436
December 13, 2009 at 04:34:52
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 1.794 GHz / 1982 MB

I was using my Gateway Restore Windows Media Center for the longest time, but now all it does it give me headaches.

Recently I have been using a older version, Windows XP Home SP3 (not sure what version, other than it came with somebodies laptop), and although it runs better (more quick response and less "Not responding" programs), I am looking to buy a full Microsoft version of Windows XP that is not from the laptop manufacturer.

I am running a single Turion 64 1.8 ML-34 processor with 2 GB of RAM and am looking for something that will run both quick and smooth.

I am interested in all experienced peoples point of view, and am interested mostly in Windows XP.

I use my laptop mostly for browsing and word/spreadsheet (OpenOffice) processing with alot of gaming in my spare time.

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December 13, 2009 at 07:06:29
I use XP Pro exclusively myself and prefer it as it has the ntbackup backup software built into it as well as a few other features the Home version doesn't have.

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December 13, 2009 at 07:15:31
I am looking to buy a full Microsoft version of Windows XP ..

Where have you been in the last 20 months? M$ stops selling retail Windows XP in April 2008.


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December 13, 2009 at 07:28:19
You already have XP Home installed & it's working. Granted, it's an "illegal" copy, but it IS working...so why do you need to do anything?

XP Home is a little more lightweight than XP Pro. If you don't need all the networking extras, just stick with what you have.

XP Home vs. XP Pro networking: What's the difference?

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December 13, 2009 at 08:45:02
Have you installed the latest updates and service packs for the version you are running?

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December 13, 2009 at 11:06:29
ya, it took a couple days, but i finally got all the updates.

Well, I realize that this is somewhat a "illegal" version as , i am not sure, but i am guessing that cause all the windows i am shopping for advertise as for the use of a single computer and not a single group of people.

But, it makes browsing more enjoyable and faster as i don't have to reload ever couple of days (I hope, it has yet to be proven) till I can make up my mind as to what Windows I require.

Thanks, i do have Windows 95 but no DOS, is there a freeware DOS that can be burnt to a DVD that will make my Win 95 work?

ha ha, it would be interesting to see how my games work in that environment, if at all. I bet everything would be fast if my drivers are compatible with that version.

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December 13, 2009 at 11:28:42
Forget about Win95.

All versions of Windows are for a single user unless you buy a volume license.

There is no inherent reason why WinXP MCE can't run just as fast as the version you are using.

If you installed and didn't install the dedicated drivers for your laptop then it may run slow. This is the case with any version of any OS.

The version of Windows you are currently using may have had the needed drivers embedded on the CD.

BTW, WinXP pro sp3 is NOT older than your media cent edition.

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December 13, 2009 at 16:56:07
Thanks, i do have Windows 95 but no DOS, is there a freeware DOS that can be burnt to a DVD that will make my Win 95 work?

You don't need a separate DOS for Windows 95. All the DOS you need is incorporated into the Windows 95 installation.

I agree with OtheHill, forget about Win95. You will have problems installing it on a modern computer. You will have to under-clock your CPU to less than 350 Mhz, install windows 95, install a patch that may or may not be still available, then bring the CPU up to full speed again.

As you are running a 64 bit CPU I'm not even sure the Windows 95 will even recognize it as large parts of Windows 95 were still 16 bit.


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