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1. Introduction - Two Versions of Windows XP

2. Dual Booting Windows XP

3. Getting Past the Registration Dilemma

4. The Good Things about Windows XP

5. The Not-So-Good Things About Windows XP

6. Should You Upgrade?

7. Windows XP Information

 

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Windows XP Upgrade Review

Should You Upgrade?

So you've made it to the end of this article and you're still wondering if Windows XP is right for you? My recommendations:

Your Computer is Fairly New (800 MHz or faster CPU).
I would suggest to anyone with a newer computer, that $85 (Windows XP Home Edition), is not too much to pay for a faster operating system that seldom crashes.
If you use the Internet often, print digital pictures, collect MP3 files, or use your CD-RW drive frequently, then upgrading to Windows XP is almost a no-brainer.
You should use the Windows XP compatibility utilities to make sure your software and hardware are compatible with Windows XP.

Your computer is new enough, however you are quite content with your current version of Windows. Load Windows XP in a dual boot configuration. You then have the best of both worlds, you can try out Windows XP, and you also have the luxury of running back to your old version of Windows whenever you want. The only thing it costs you is hard drive space.
You should use the Windows XP compatibility utilities to make sure your software and hardware are compatible with Windows XP.

Your computer is over 2 year old. It is unlikely that these computers will meet the recommended requirements to run XP, and there is a high probability of incompatible hardware and software.
Furthermore, it is not very cost effective to upgrade an older computer to run Windows XP, as chances are you will soon buy a new computer or otherwise outgrow your old computer anyway.
You should use Microsoft's Windows XP compatibility utilities to determine if your hardware and software is compatible with Windows XP before you buy it.

Should You Buy Windows XP Professional? Windows XP Professional is a good buy at $185 if you need or want its added features.
If you will use your computer on a large network, or want to use multiple processors on the same motherboard, Windows XP Professional is required. We further explain the features of Windows XP Professional here.

Final Words

After 3 months of using Windows XP, I highly recommend it to anyone that has a new enough system to run it.
If you're still uncertain about upgrading to Windows XP, load it in a dual boot configuration, and then you can boot up your old version of Windows whenever you feel like it. Chances are you'll be like me and you'll start wondering how long you should keep your old version of Windows on your hard drive.

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