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OES XP vs. "off-the-shelf" from Microsoft

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mark4man, Oct 10, 2003.

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  1. mark4man

    mark4man Thread Starter

    Aug 26, 2001

    Windows XP (Home), which came loaded on my new Dell, has always performed screwy (even after a total uninstall/drive reformatting/reinstall.)

    Device drivers cause audio apps (& the OS itself) to crash . . . Windows Explorer shuts down unexpectedly . . . along with numerous other minor problems.

    The worst thing of all is, "System Restore" has never worked . . . never. Dell doesn't even know the answer to that one.

    I have heard that OS's, particularly XP, which are packaged as a partnership deal with various PC mfg.'s (which I've heard referred to as OEM Operating Systems), work crappy.

    Is this true?

    Are the System Files set up differently? Are they screwed up because they're not a pure Microsoft OS release? Or, is there no difference in the way they're structured at all.

    As a PC audiophile (I do a lot of work with digital audio multutracking/recording apps . . . SONAR, WaveLab, etc.), am I better off with an off-the-shelf version of XP?



    BTW - If so, what should I be looking for on the box? (i.e., latest release, etc.) Thanks again.
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