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Windows XP Upgrade Review Chapters

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? - Conclusion

7. Windows XP Information

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Windows XP Upgrade Review

Microsoft's Overview of Windows XP

Windows 2000 represented an important milestone in operating system reliability and availability, due in large part to its 32-bit computing architecture and fully protected memory model. With Windows XP, Microsoft builds on that foundation by adding features and improvements, such as better application and hardware compatibility, and new features like shared DLL support, system restore, and device driver rollback. The benefits to home users and system administrators alike are clear: Fewer critical problems occur, problem resolution is faster and easier, and personal computing is a more reliable and productive experience.

System Requirements to Use Windows
XP Home or Professional

1. PC with 300 megahertz 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
2. 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)
3. 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available hard disk space*
4. Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor
5. CD-ROM or DVD drive
6. Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

* Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install. Additional available hard disk space may be required if you are installing over a network.

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You Should buy Windows XP Professional if you want to:

1. Connect a laptop to a large school or business network. Most larger networks are domain-based. Windows XP Professional is required to access a domain-based network.

2. Remotely control your Windows XP home computer from another loction. Microsoft calls this function the "Remote Desktop".

3. Encrypt your data files. The NTFS file system improves security by allowing you to encrypt files and folders, and restrict access to files.

4. You want to use a dual processor motherboard. Windows XP Professional is required to run 2 processors on 1 motherboard.

There are many other features found only in Windows XP Professional and to be truthful, I doubt even Microsoft has an all encompassing list of all the differences. You can read more about Windows XP Professional on Microsoft's site.

Microsoft Windows XP Links

  1. Windows XP Home Page
  2. Windows XP Professional Page
  3. Windows XP Home Edition
  4. Windows XP Professional Compared to Other Windows Versions



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