Should You Upgrade to Windows XP?Wondering whether to upgrade to the latest Microsoft operating system operating system (OS)
Software that controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files, and controls the processing of computer programs. , Windows XP The previous client version of Windows. XP was a major upgrade to the client version of Windows 2000 with numerous changes to the user interface. XP improved support for gaming, digital photography, instant messaging, wireless networking and sharing connections to the Internet. ? Want to know if Windows XP Professional is a good investment of your time and money, or if XP merely stands for "extra profit" for Microsoft?
THE SHORT ANSWER
Yes, you probably ought to upgrade to Windows XP Professional if You're still running Windows 95 or Windows 98 (Windows 9X Refers to Windows 95, 98 and ME.
(operating system) Windows 9X - A shorthand meaning Windows 95 or Windows 98. ) technology, regardless of your office size. Microsoft will not support Windows 95, 98 and NT 4.0 forever (see the October issue of California CPA (Computer Press Association, Landing, NJ) An earlier membership organization founded in 1983 that promoted excellence in computer journalism. Its annual awards honored outstanding examples in print, broadcast and electronic media. The CPA disbanded in 2000. for more details).
If you're using Windows 2000 already, the reasons to upgrade are not quite as compelling. In the simplest terms, Windows XP is based on the Windows 2000 core, but offers a better-looking interface.
If you've got Windows 2000 and it's stable, there's probably not a whole lot of reason to move to XP. The new features in Windows XP aren't going to be enough to rock your world. You're already on what amounts to the NT core, and NT is the underlying technology for Windows 2000, which is a 32-bit, stable operating system.
MYTHS FROM MARVELS
After using Windows XP for a few weeks now, I've discovered some very good reasons to upgrade. With 40 to 50 programs installed, I've encountered only a few minor incompatibilities. There are also new music and multimedia features, the task bar is better organized and zip compression and fax services are built-in so you no longer need to purchase and install separate zip compression or fax utilities.
Not all of the new features of Windows XP are all they're cracked up to be, however. Microsoft offers several reasons to upgrade to Windows XP Professional on its Web site, www.Microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/evaluation/whyupgrade/top10.asp. Let's take a look at a few of them and separate the myths from the marvels of Windows XP.
* It's 46 Percent Faster than Windows 98 Second Edition. Yes, Windows XP is much faster than the Windows 98 second edition, perhaps even the entire 46 percent faster touted by Microsoft. It is notably faster to boot up as well as shut down.
* Fast Resume from Hibernation or Standby. It's truly mind-blowing how fast a laptop can come back to life from hibernate See hibernation mode. mode with Windows XP. I often don't reboot To reload the operating system, which restarts the computer. See boot.
(operating system) reboot - (From boot) A boot with the implication that the computer has not been down for long, or that the boot is a bounce intended to clear some state of wedgitude.
See warm boot. for days at a time and it just comes right back up.
* Remote Desktop. One of the selling features of Windows XP is the Remote Desktop. In theory, you can create a virtual desktop and have a friend or IT professional who is also running XP remotely control your computer to demonstrate a process or help solve a problem.
In reality, though, this feature does not work for users who are behind a firewall. And since many business PC users have installed firewalls to protect themselves from hackers, the remote access is just not feasible for most people.
* System Restore. Now here's a feature to e-mail home about. If you don't like the changes you made to your system today, you can just set the clock back to yesterday and all your settings will be restored. Programs you installed will vanish. Programs you uninstalled will be back. Icons on your desktop will be as they were. Literally if you've had a bad day, you can just wipe it out. Recently, I had a program that didn't install very well. So I just set the clock back by a day. It is a sweet feature.
And, if you've had a particularly good day fiddling with your configuration settings, you can mark the day on the system calendar, and restore your computer to those settings at any time.
TAKING IT ALL IN
Overall, Windows XP is a very solid release from Microsoft. It looks great, and so does Internet Explorer Microsoft's Web browser, which comes with Windows starting with Windows 98. Commonly called "IE," versions for Mac and Unix are also available. Internet Explorer is the most widely used Web browser on the market. It has also been the browser engine in AOL's Internet access software. 6 (which comes with Windows XP).
Rumors that Windows XP will not run your legacy MS-DOS MS-DOS
in full Microsoft Disk Operating System
Operating system for personal computers. MS-DOS was based on DOS, developed in 1980 by Seattle Computer Products. Microsoft Corp. bought the rights to DOS in 1981, and released MS-DOS with IBM's PC that year. applications are simply not true. When running any application under Windows XP, you can click on the compatibility tab that allows it to run as if it were Windows 95, 98, NT or a 2000 workstation. If you have an ill-behaved program, you can tell Windows XP to pretend to be any previous version of Windows.
The networking wizard does make it easier to set up a network. And Windows XP is actually easier to navigate around, although things aren't quite where you remember them being. But once you get used to it, you will realize it's a better design.
David M. Cieslak, CPA, CITP (Certified Information Technology Professional) A specialty credential awarded by the AICPA to its CPA members who excel in the provision of technology-related business services. , MCP (1) See Microsoft certification.
(2) (MultiChip Package) A chip package that contains two or more chips. It is essentially a multichip module (MCM) that uses a laminated, printed-circuit-board-like substrate (MCM-L) rather than ceramic (MCM-C). is a principal in Information Technology Group, Inc., a computer consulting firm Noun 1. consulting firm - a firm of experts providing professional advice to an organization for a fee
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