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Hi guys new to this so bear with me if i don't get all the info right for the first time but my question is to you is.

1. I have a pentium processor running at 233 megahertz running win 98SE with 128 megahertz of RDRambus RAM and i am upgarding to 256 mgs and was wondering if buying windows xp home edition will help my computer in anyway possible or if its going to be a waste of my time. I don't know what power supply i am running but my system is a dell optiplex GN+ series. with USB in the back and an onboard Ethernet deal. If you can help me thats great and if not could you refer me to someone who would be able to help me in this matter thanks. P.S. Could i put windows 2000 on here and also this is a personal computer which is not part of a business.
 
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Although I like XP a lot more than Win98SE as far as it "helping your computer" I'm not sure what you mean. A 233 MHz processor is the minimum required for XP. You may also find that some of your system components may not work with XP. You and your system might be happier with 98SE.
 
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There isn't much to help such a slow computer's performance. Windows2000 or XP have even greater hardware requirements for good performance than Win98 does. Adding the memory you mentioned, as well as possible getting a 7200 rpm drive are about all you are going to be able to do to make much of a real difference. And on the 7200 rpm drive, make sure you computer's BIOS will recognize whatever size you get. It's tough to get a 20 gig one these days and I'm not even sure those old computers will recognize one.
 

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AP2234:

Forget about installing Windows XP in that computer, even if you increase the RAM to 256 MB, because the processor is just too slow. And like the others said, you'll likely run into a problem with hardware compatibility and with the BIOS being too old.

Windows 98SE will run fine with a 233 MHz processor and 256 MB of RAM - as long as you don't hobble it with a bloated startup load(too many unnecessary programs running in the background), memory-hungry programs, and fancy wallpaper and screensavers.

Read here.
 
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AP2234,

Hopefully after three of basically the same responses you have some information to make a decision.
 

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Are you sure that you have Rambus memory in that "dinosaur" of yours? I couldn't even find it listed in the Crucial and Kingston sites. The MemoryX site has it listed and shows that it uses the older EDO modules. It does support up to 256 MB of RAM. You can look at the site here.

All that aside, stick with Windows 98SE in that computer.
 
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