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Old 01-03-02, 08:54 PM
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WindowsXP- is it worth it?

My father bought XP for his computer, tried it out and whatnot, and came to the conclusion that he wanted the "professional" version (or whatever it's called) of XP. So he's willing to give it to me. So I was wondering- would it be worth it, if I'm using Win98 now? I mean I know there are sure to be benefits, but I'm just so wary of switching operating systems, and from my experience, always getting the latest newest version of a Microsoft product isn't that great of an idea (at least right when it comes out).
Also, I remember reading something about XP not letting you use mp3 files, or not letting you use winamp, or something along those lines. Is it true? If so, is there some way around it? Are there any other weird things like that about XP?

Basically, here's the deal- if I use my computer primarily for gaming (have a PIII-450 with 64mb GF2 and 512mb ram), mp3 playing, DVD watching (PowerDVD 3.0) and internet browsing, and am currently using Win98, is it a good idea to upgrade to XP? What problems might I run in to?
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I switched one of my computers to XP the other day from Win98SE. I have played MP3's using Winamp 2.78 and played movies using Power DVD 4.0 with no problems at all.

The only program I am having problems with so far is Zone Alarm Pro. For some reason I can't get it to start with windows!

I did notice that the system I installed it on is a little bit slower now though. It only has a 533 Celeron with 256MB RAM so yours may experience the same slowdown.

Other than those I like it, it has been very stable. I am planning to install it on my other computers once I make sure it is stable with all my programs. If it is free I would at least try it and see if you like it.
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yes, its worth it
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Originally posted by jumbojp

The only program I am having problems with so far is Zone Alarm Pro. For some reason I can't get it to start with windows!

upgrade zone alarm

this is a known issue with older builds

i actually created a batch file with the wait command in it, that ran at startup and then the batch file would start zone alarm.. that was able to get around the problem



seems zone alarm wanted to start up too quick, and it was causing problems with windows.. but having a 5 second wait, would allow it to load correctly..

the problem was fixed with the new builds
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Most likely you will need to upgrade your anitvirus application too.
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You really need to take each piece of hardware and software that you run and see if they are XP compatable (microsoft's site has some of this info, the maker of the hardware or software would also have it)

With a 450 be prepared for a bit of a slow down.

Are you having problems with your current OS that can not be solved?

If everything is compatable and a little slow down won't bother you, then go for it. If you have unresovled issues then also go for it but be prepared you may need hardware and softeware upgrades to complete.
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Originally posted by twikoff


upgrade zone alarm

this is a known issue with older builds

i actually created a batch file with the wait command in it, that ran at startup and then the batch file would start zone alarm.. that was able to get around the problem



seems zone alarm wanted to start up too quick, and it was causing problems with windows.. but having a 5 second wait, would allow it to load correctly..

the problem was fixed with the new builds

I wish I could, but I can't

I bought it from Morpheus

It is build 2.6.84 I think which is pretty recent, but I guess not recent enough!
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Originally posted by jumbojp



I bought it from Morpheus

It is build 2.6.84 I think which is pretty recent, but I guess not recent enough!
This Morpheus of which you speak is a wondrous place..

I installed XP on my Windows 98 PIII 500, and there is no slow down. And now my system stays up for days and days.

w/ 98 I used to reboot every day. My fave thing about XP is that it has an event viewer....
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WindowsXP- is it worth it?
If you are running a PIII-450 with a lot of RAM under Win98, yes. WinXP is built around WinNT technology, which dispenses with the old 16-bit code, and is a big step up from Win98.

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