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What will I notice about XP???

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by BigDaveinNJ, Oct 13, 2003.

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  1. BigDaveinNJ

    BigDaveinNJ Thread Starter

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    I have been using WINDOWS 98se for about 4 years now. I use my PC for basic web surfing, some image editing and playing a few games. I am pleased with my computer.

    I was thinking of getting a PC with WINDOWS XP on it. What are some of the things that I will notice if I were to go to XP, as compared to WIN 98se?

    Is it faster, more customizable? What is the biggest difference?

    Thanks in advance

    DAVID :)
     
  2. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    The one big difference is less crashes

    When a badly behaved program tries to take over the system, if you had 98 or ME then it is very likely the whole computer would crash and you had to reboot & run scandisc etc.etc

    with XP only the dodgy program closesd not the whole system

    This makes XP vastly more stable and better to work with
     
  3. ~Candy~

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    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy less crashes. The only time I had to reboot since June has been for virus updates and/or windows updates where you are forced to restart ;) Quite amazing from what I'm used to :p
     
  4. mobo

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    What are some of the things that I will notice if I were to go to XP, as compared to WIN 98se?

    Welcome to a whole other world :D
     
  5. coderitr

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    The first thing you will notice is that MS completely re-worked the interface. It has a very "romper-room" look and feel by default. The good news is that you can go back to the basics -- or "classic" look of Win9x pretty easily. Here's how:

    1. In the "Display Properties" on the Advanced tab, see a "Windows and Buttons" tag. The default for XP in the combo is "Windows XP Style". Change that to "Windows Classic Style" and click OK.

    2. Right-click the task bar and select Properties. Select the Start Menu tab. Click the "Classic Start Menu" radio button and click Apply.

    3. Click Customize on the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog. This dialog allows you to select optional pieces of the Start Menu to display. Decide whether you like the options presented and select them here. Personally, I always turn off "Scroll Programs" and "Use Personalized Menus". That turns off that annoying "feature" that hides Start Menu items you don't use that often and the vertical scroll bar you get on the start menu if it gets too long.

    4. On the Task Bar and Start Menu Properties dialog, Taskbar tab, I turn off "Hide Inactive Icons" also. That will keep the icons from disappearing from your system tray even though the programs are still running. It may make your system tray more cluttered and you are free to use that option if you wish but I prefer a more spartan approach to my computer.

    5. Windows XP allows you to have multiple user accounts; each with its own desktop settings, screen saver, favorites menu, etc. While this is nice for some, sharing documents between users is more problematic than MS would have you believe. If you don't want to have multiple user accounts you can have one account that is automatically logged on at startup. To do this go to Start/Run and enter "control userpasswords2" without the quotes. Uncheck the box "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer". When you click OK you will get a dialog prompting you for the user to be automatically logged on and its password (if you didn't set a password on the account then leave it blank.) You can use the default Administrator account but chances are you logged on the first time with a specific user and if you select Administrator, your changes to the default look and feel of XP will be lost. If you want to use your account, simply enter the name and optional password and click OK. Be careful entering this name. It must match exactly the name on the account. It may not be case sensitive though.

    Happy computing....

    coderitr:)
     
  6. Ronnie151

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    if you ever have to reformatt XP install all the drivers you need to run your system. Sure save lots of time.
     
  7. crjdriver

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    There is no comparison between win9x and nt based os. Before you install xp, make sure your computer is up to running the os. XP is much more demanding of hardware than win9x. You should have at least 256 meg of ram. XP will run with less, however it will run smoother with 256 or more.

    I always recommend a clean install; upgrades from win9x os to nt based os do not generally go well.
     
  8. Mr_Webmaster

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    Click on the image to take you to the XP Readyness test page. It'ss make sure your computer is up to par and be able to run XP
     
  9. $teve

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    Xp is like Windows 2000 meets the Telly tubbies.
    I also agree with all the above comments.
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  10. marcus77

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    To get the best performance out of XP, I suggest a "clean" installation.

    1)Back-up all of your files onto disk (CD or flash, unless you have enough floppy disks)

    2) Download and back-up all of the drivers that you will need for XP on CD or floppy.

    3)Format and erase your entire hard drive.

    4)Reinstall your previous OS (Win 98), reboot.

    5)Install the XP update, reboot.

    6)Install the drivers, software, and personal files.
     
  11. crjdriver

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    There is no need to install win9x first; you can do a clean install with the upgrade disk. During the install process setup will ask for a qualifying product; insert your win9x cd and setup will verify and then ask for the xp cd to continue. Installing over win9x is not recommended.
     
  12. Anton Wan

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    really... I never knew that. I guess you learn something everyday. Will it work if you show it a Win 95, ME, NT etc.?
     
  13. ~Candy~

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    Not sure about NT, but 95 and ME should work.
     
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    Oops, guess 95 is out too :D
     
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