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I want to get windows xp home, but I need more memory. I have talked to one person who says my hp with 32 mb sdram can;t be upgraded to accept xp because its too old and other stuff won't work even if I increase ram to 256mbsdram. Man at gateway says no problem getting more ram and computer will work ok but being its a hp I will have to take it back to best buy. Anybody know if my hp#8260 can be upgraded or do I need to shell out big bucks. also the computer guy says xp isn;t worth adding more memory and it isn't as good as the windows 98. What do you guys think?? Steve
 
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It looks as though your 8260 meets the minimum requirements but not the recommended requirements. Yor processor is 266MHZ
recommended is 300 (this you cannot change easily), the minimum for RAM is 64 and recommended is 128MB. You could upgrage to max of 384MB rather cheaply through Crucial.
My recommendation at this point would be to not upgrade to XP
since you do not meet the recommended processor speed and you may find many problems occurring after install. That is just my Two Cents and others may have different opinions.
Here are three sites for reference.
Hope that helps Dave

Your computer
http://www.hp.com/cposupport/personal_computing/support_doc/bph03921.html#P6_120

Microsoft recommends for requirements
http://www.microsoft.com/catalog/display.asp?site=11052&subid=22&pg=3

Crucial Memory Mfg Your units memory
http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.asp?model=Pavilion+8260&x=15&y=16
 
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Unfortunately systems and software are advancing so quickly one ends up making tough choices whether to stay with what they have or spend money to upgrade systems and software. One good thing there are many fine systems available now at very good prices.
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I recommend you use Windows 98 SE for an older PC. Windows XP is the latest but not everyone needs it. Plus, if you have any old DOS or WIN16 applications Windows XP will not support them.

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