Advantages Stable | User friendly
Disadvantages Not the most secure OS | Expensive
Before I start this review I'm going to apologise for how long it is likely to be, but to properly review such a huge product as an operating system is going to take quite a lot more than a few paragraphs. To make it easier for you to find the information you personally will need, I'll organise everything under headings.---My History with Windows---
The first version of Windows I ever used was Windows 3.1, a long, long time ago and I remember thinking how wonderful it looked and how much more you could do with it. This was in a time, when all the other computer systems I had used were text based, and any programs that you might use were kept on some sort of floppy disc or tape.I also had very limited use of Windows for workgroups, but these were a long time ago.
Quite a few years passed, and finally I was able to afford my own computer, which came with Windows ME, which looked very nice and was easily customisable, but boy was it unstable. I found that it was "crashing" several times a day and I almost cheered on the day that my next computer that came with Windows XP arrived.I've since owned three computers that have each come with Windows XP Home installed, and have had quite a bit of experience with it over the last three years.
---Do you need the complete package?---This is an important question to ask yourself before buying Windows XP/SP2 Home Complete, especially as there is a huge price difference between this and an upgrade. If you are running Windows 98, 98SE or ME, then you will only need to upgrade, if you are running any other operating system (or have none at all) then you will need to buy the complete package.
Another interesting point to make is that there are two versions of the complete software available, one is the retail package, which is what I'm reviewing and the other is the OEM version, which can only be bought with a piece of hardware and is intended for use when building a computer.---Why I bought it---
I bought this package because my original operating system was destroyed by a nasty virus, and as I had changed the way my hard drive was formatted, the supplied recovery disc wouldn't work. I didn't have time to get an OEM version, and didn't need any hardware anyway, so I decided to just buy the complete package to save myself time.---System Specifications---
Windows XP Home is quite hungry in terms of processing power, RAM and hard drive space and requires that the computer meets AT LEAST the following specifications (although the higher the specs the better it will work).* PC with 300 megahertz (MHz) or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233-MHz minimum required; Intel Pentium/Celeron family, AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended
* 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)* 1.5 gigabyte (GB) of available hard disk space.
* Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher resolution video adapter and monitor* CD-ROM or DVD drive
* Pentium 530 (running at 3000 MHz)* 1024 MB RAM
* 2x200 GB Hard Drive.
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