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1. Microsoft Windows XP Professional Upgrade with Service Pack 2
list price: $199.99
our price: $179.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00022PTT8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft Software
Sales Rank: 83
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Amazon Product Description

With Windows XP Professional Edition with Service Pack 2, you get safer browsing and communication, powerful security tools, and improved experiences. Windows XP is the operating system release that unifies the Microsoft range, with all the desktop versions now built on the NT/2000 code base rather than the shakier foundation of Windows 95, 98, and Me. That makes XP a great upgrade for users of the now-obsolete 9x and Me line, but for those already on Windows 2000 Professional it is a closer call. Despite the similar name, there is no special synergy between Windows XP and Office XP, which works fine on Windows 2000.

The Security Center lets you check the status of your essential security settings.

XP certainly looks different, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop that on first installation shows only the taskbar and Recycle Bin. XP is also more customizable than earlier versions of Windows, and includes visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. That is the window-dressing, but underneath are some significant improvements. One of the most interesting is Remote Desktop. A standard XP feature, this uses technology from Microsoft Terminal Server to enable users to access their computer over any connection; for example, by dialing into the office from home.

This is not just file access--this technology lets you run applications remotely as if you were sitting at your desk at work. This is mature technology, stable and carefully thought out. So, for example, you can print from a remote word processor to a local printer. A variation on the theme is Remote Assistance, where the user can allow a remote helper to view their desktop, or optionally gain control of the keyboard and mouse, in order to troubleshoot a problem. The feature can also be disabled to ease security concerns.


Laptop users benefit from enhanced power management, with options to extend battery life by reducing CPU speed and display brightness. IrDA support has been fixed so that, unlike Windows 2000, Windows XP can easily use modems in mobile telephones via infrared. A new screen font, ClearType, improves legibility for laptop or other flat screens, and there is built-in support for wireless networking using the popular 802.11 standard. A great feature of XP, also found in Windows 2000, is the ability to synchronize network files with offline copies. Previously, these files could not be stored securely, but now they can be encrypted.


The Information Bar in Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 notifies you when it blocks ActiveX control or active content and then lets you decide what to do.

For Web browsing, XP comes with Internet Explorer 6.0. The enhancements in IE 6.0 are mainly of interest to Web developers, and in any case Microsoft makes IE freely available to all Windows users. Although Java is not installed by default, it is not difficult to download a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Windows Messenger, originally a chat client, has evolved into a collaboration tool that allows for video conferencing and application sharing.

Service Pack 2 allows users to instruct Internet Explorer how to handle downloads from a specific publisher

The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, in which other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but it does prevent most types of unauthorized connection.

Windows XP has strong multimedia features. The new Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist, and write your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. Although there is loss of quality as a result of compression, the process is easy and convenient. Media Player 8.0 can play back DVD video, but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed. You can also play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos, but sadly, not the popular RealMedia formats. In the end, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated.

The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. The Start menu now automatically features the most frequently used programs at the top of the list, and you can add and remove shortcuts by right-clicking the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walk-throughs.

Windows XP Professional includes all the features of Windows XP Home, and adds support for dual processors, encryptable file systems, offline folders, the Remote Desktop as described above, and extra administration features that come into play when connected to a Windows server domain. XP is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum requirements. There is also activation to consider, a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure that requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation, and in the future if you reinstall or make major system changes.

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Features

Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker Makes browsing the Internet more enjoyable by enabling you to reduce unwanted ads and content.
Internet Explorer download monitoring Warns you about potentially harmful downloads and gives you the option to block files that could be malicious.
Internet Explorer Information Bar Provides better information about events that are happening as you browse the Web, so it’s easier to know what’s going on and address potential security issues.
Windows Security Center Allows you to easily view your security status and manage key security settings in one convenient place.
Windows Firewall update Automatically turned on by default, this improved firewall helps protect Windows XP from viruses, worms, and other security threats that can spread over the Internet.
Improved wireless support Dramatically improves and simplifies the process of discovering and connecting to wireless networks.
Bluetooth technologies Enables you to easily connect to the latest Bluetooth-enabled hardware devices such as keyboards, cell phones, and PDAs.
Windows Media Player 9 Series Makes it easy to enjoy music, video, and broadband content with enhanced security.
... Read more

Features

  • Automatically keep your PC up-to-date with the latest security enhancements including the Windows Security Center, Windows Firewall.
  • Windows XP Professional provides rich, wireless network support, helping you simply and easily connect to wireless networks whether in your home, office, or out on the road.
  • Quickly set up and connect all the computers, printers, devices, and an Internet connection in your home with the all new Network Setup Wizard.
  • Encrypting File System provides an additional level of file protection from hackers and data theft by transparently encrypting files with a randomly generated key.
  • Clean, simple design of Windows XP Professional puts the features you use most often at your fingertips, helping you find them quickly.

2. Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade with Service Pack 2
list price: $99.99
our price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002423YK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft Software
Sales Rank: 60
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Amazon Product Description

With Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2, you get safer browsing and communication, powerful security tools, and improved experiences. Packed with multimedia features, Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 aims to unlock the full potential of your personal computer. It also looks great, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop.

The Security Center lets you check the status of your essential security settings.

The best thing about Windows XP is that, because it belongs to the Windows NT/2000 product family, it's designed from the ground up for reliability, security, and networking. XP Home users will soon see the benefits of this. The dreaded Windows crash-and-reboot cycle really is much less common with XP, and, provided the hardware is up to scratch, XP's performance is better, too. The downside is that using a different code base can make compatibility with old applications less assured. Business applications normally run fine, but older games, MIDI software, and system utilities may well cause problems.

Windows XP is more customizable than previous versions, including its visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. Fast User Switching is a neat feature for computers used by more than one person--it lets another user log on without killing the previous user's session, and when you switch back, running applications and open documents are as you left them. This is impressive, but what really counts is that XP understands how to deal with multiple users. Each user has their own special folders, such as My Documents, which cannot be seen by other users. And for those with more than one computer, the network setup wizard simplifies setting up a network.


Windows XP Home has many strong multimedia features. New Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist, and write your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. You can also play back DVD-Video (but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed) and play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos (but sadly not the popular RealMedia formats). Admittedly, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated. There is also Windows Movie Maker, a basic tool for capturing and editing videos that's fun to use, although too limited for serious work.


The Information Bar in Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 notifies you when it blocks ActiveX control or active content and then lets you decide what to do.

For Web browsing, XP Home comes with Internet Explorer 6.0 and MSN Explorer. The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, in which other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but it does prevent most types of unauthorized connections.

Service Pack 2 allows users to instruct Internet Explorer how to handle downloads from a specific publisher

The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. For example, you can add and remove shortcuts from the Start menu by right-clicking on the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walkthroughs. Laptop or other flat-screen users can set Windows to use ClearType for screen fonts, for a more readable display.

There are, of course, some pitfalls. Windows XP Home is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum. Business users note: unlike Windows 98 or Me, XP Home Edition cannot join a Windows server domain, so the networking is peer-to-peer only--see Windows XP Professional Edition for this functionality. There is also no multiprocessor support, and a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation and any future system changes. But don't let that put you off: this is Microsoft's best Windows yet.

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Features

Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker Makes browsing the Internet more enjoyable by enabling you to reduce unwanted ads and content.
Internet Explorer download monitoring Warns you about potentially harmful downloads and gives you the option to block files that could be malicious.
Internet Explorer Information Bar Provides better information about events that are happening as you browse the Web, so it’s easier to know what’s going on and address potential security issues.
Windows Security Center Allows you to easily view your security status and manage key security settings in one convenient place.
Windows Firewall update Automatically turned on by default, this improved firewall helps protect Windows XP from viruses, worms, and other security threats that can spread over the Internet.
Improved wireless support Dramatically improves and simplifies the process of discovering and connecting to wireless networks.
Bluetooth technologies Enables you to easily connect to the latest Bluetooth-enabled hardware devices such as keyboards, cell phones, and PDAs.
Windows Media Player 9 Series Makes it easy to enjoy music, video, and broadband content with enhanced security.
... Read more

Features

  • Operating system features -
  • Create and enjoy home movies with the built-in Video support
  • Share your video project with the easy E-mail attachment & mass-mailing features
  • Go Mobile with the ability to Communicate anytime, anywhere
  • Discover and Download online music, with the easy-to-use Internet features

3. Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2
list price: $299.99
our price: $269.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00022PTI4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft Software
Sales Rank: 638
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Amazon Product Description

With Windows XP Professional Edition with Service Pack 2, you get safer browsing and communication, powerful security tools, and improved experiences. Windows XP is the operating system release that unifies the Microsoft range, with all the desktop versions now built on the NT/2000 code base rather than the shakier foundation of Windows 95, 98, and Me. That makes XP a great upgrade for users of the now-obsolete 9x and Me line, but for those already on Windows 2000 Professional it is a closer call. Despite the similar name, there is no special synergy between Windows XP and Office XP, which works fine on Windows 2000.

The Security Center lets you check the status of your essential security settings.

XP certainly looks different, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop that on first installation shows only the taskbar and Recycle Bin. XP is also more customizable than earlier versions of Windows, and includes visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. That is the window-dressing, but underneath are some significant improvements. One of the most interesting is Remote Desktop. A standard XP feature, this uses technology from Microsoft Terminal Server to enable users to access their computer over any connection; for example, by dialing into the office from home.

This is not just file access--this technology lets you run applications remotely as if you were sitting at your desk at work. This is mature technology, stable and carefully thought out. So, for example, you can print from a remote word processor to a local printer. A variation on the theme is Remote Assistance, where the user can allow a remote helper to view their desktop, or optionally gain control of the keyboard and mouse, in order to troubleshoot a problem. The feature can also be disabled to ease security concerns.


Laptop users benefit from enhanced power management, with options to extend battery life by reducing CPU speed and display brightness. IrDA support has been fixed so that, unlike Windows 2000, Windows XP can easily use modems in mobile telephones via infrared. A new screen font, ClearType, improves legibility for laptop or other flat screens, and there is built-in support for wireless networking using the popular 802.11 standard. A great feature of XP, also found in Windows 2000, is the ability to synchronize network files with offline copies. Previously, these files could not be stored securely, but now they can be encrypted.


The Information Bar in Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 notifies you when it blocks ActiveX control or active content and then lets you decide what to do.

For Web browsing, XP comes with Internet Explorer 6.0. The enhancements in IE 6.0 are mainly of interest to Web developers, and in any case Microsoft makes IE freely available to all Windows users. Although Java is not installed by default, it is not difficult to download a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Windows Messenger, originally a chat client, has evolved into a collaboration tool that allows for video conferencing and application sharing.

Service Pack 2 allows users to instruct Internet Explorer how to handle downloads from a specific publisher

The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, in which other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but it does prevent most types of unauthorized connection.

Windows XP has strong multimedia features. The new Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist, and write your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. Although there is loss of quality as a result of compression, the process is easy and convenient. Media Player 8.0 can play back DVD video, but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed. You can also play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos, but sadly, not the popular RealMedia formats. In the end, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated.

The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. The Start menu now automatically features the most frequently used programs at the top of the list, and you can add and remove shortcuts by right-clicking the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walk-throughs.

Windows XP Professional includes all the features of Windows XP Home, and adds support for dual processors, encryptable file systems, offline folders, the Remote Desktop as described above, and extra administration features that come into play when connected to a Windows server domain. XP is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum requirements. There is also activation to consider, a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure that requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation, and in the future if you reinstall or make major system changes.

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Features

Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker Makes browsing the Internet more enjoyable by enabling you to reduce unwanted ads and content.
Internet Explorer download monitoring Warns you about potentially harmful downloads and gives you the option to block files that could be malicious.
Internet Explorer Information Bar Provides better information about events that are happening as you browse the Web, so it’s easier to know what’s going on and address potential security issues.
Windows Security Center Allows you to easily view your security status and manage key security settings in one convenient place.
Windows Firewall update Automatically turned on by default, this improved firewall helps protect Windows XP from viruses, worms, and other security threats that can spread over the Internet.
Improved wireless support Dramatically improves and simplifies the process of discovering and connecting to wireless networks.
Bluetooth technologies Enables you to easily connect to the latest Bluetooth-enabled hardware devices such as keyboards, cell phones, and PDAs.
Windows Media Player 9 Series Makes it easy to enjoy music, video, and broadband content with enhanced security.
... Read more

Features

  • Automatically keep your PC up-to-date with the latest security enhancements including the Windows Security Center, Windows Firewall.
  • Windows XP Professional provides rich, wireless network support, helping you simply and easily connect to wireless networks whether in your home, office, or out on the road.
  • Quickly set up and connect all the computers, printers, devices, and an Internet connection in your home with the all new Network Setup Wizard.
  • Encrypting File System provides an additional level of file protection from hackers and data theft by transparently encrypting files with a randomly generated key.
  • Clean, simple design of Windows XP Professional puts the features you use most often at your fingertips, helping you find them quickly.

4. Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2
list price: $199.00
our price: $179.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00022PTRU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft Software
Sales Rank: 255
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Amazon Product Description

With Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2, you get safer browsing and communication, powerful security tools, and improved experiences. Packed with multimedia features, Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 aims to unlock the full potential of your personal computer. It also looks great, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop.

The Security Center lets you check the status of your essential security settings.

The best thing about Windows XP is that, because it belongs to the Windows NT/2000 product family, it's designed from the ground up for reliability, security, and networking. XP Home users will soon see the benefits of this. The dreaded Windows crash-and-reboot cycle really is much less common with XP, and, provided the hardware is up to scratch, XP's performance is better, too. The downside is that using a different code base can make compatibility with old applications less assured. Business applications normally run fine, but older games, MIDI software, and system utilities may well cause problems.

Windows XP is more customizable than previous versions, including its visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. Fast User Switching is a neat feature for computers used by more than one person--it lets another user log on without killing the previous user's session, and when you switch back, running applications and open documents are as you left them. This is impressive, but what really counts is that XP understands how to deal with multiple users. Each user has their own special folders, such as My Documents, which cannot be seen by other users. And for those with more than one computer, the network setup wizard simplifies setting up a network.


Windows XP Home has many strong multimedia features. New Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist, and write your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. You can also play back DVD-Video (but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed) and play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos (but sadly not the popular RealMedia formats). Admittedly, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated. There is also Windows Movie Maker, a basic tool for capturing and editing videos that's fun to use, although too limited for serious work.


The Information Bar in Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 notifies you when it blocks ActiveX control or active content and then lets you decide what to do.

For Web browsing, XP Home comes with Internet Explorer 6.0 and MSN Explorer. The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, in which other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but it does prevent most types of unauthorized connections.

Service Pack 2 allows users to instruct Internet Explorer how to handle downloads from a specific publisher

The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. For example, you can add and remove shortcuts from the Start menu by right-clicking on the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walkthroughs. Laptop or other flat-screen users can set Windows to use ClearType for screen fonts, for a more readable display.

There are, of course, some pitfalls. Windows XP Home is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum. Business users note: unlike Windows 98 or Me, XP Home Edition cannot join a Windows server domain, so the networking is peer-to-peer only--see Windows XP Professional Edition for this functionality. There is also no multiprocessor support, and a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation and any future system changes. But don't let that put you off: this is Microsoft's best Windows yet.

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Features

Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker Makes browsing the Internet more enjoyable by enabling you to reduce unwanted ads and content.
Internet Explorer download monitoring Warns you about potentially harmful downloads and gives you the option to block files that could be malicious.
Internet Explorer Information Bar Provides better information about events that are happening as you browse the Web, so it’s easier to know what’s going on and address potential security issues.
Windows Security Center Allows you to easily view your security status and manage key security settings in one convenient place.
Windows Firewall update Automatically turned on by default, this improved firewall helps protect Windows XP from viruses, worms, and other security threats that can spread over the Internet.
Improved wireless support Dramatically improves and simplifies the process of discovering and connecting to wireless networks.
Bluetooth technologies Enables you to easily connect to the latest Bluetooth-enabled hardware devices such as keyboards, cell phones, and PDAs.
Windows Media Player 9 Series Makes it easy to enjoy music, video, and broadband content with enhanced security.
... Read more

5. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0 with Windows XP Professional
list price: $249.99
our price: $224.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002NT83U
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 254
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Features

  • Access PC-only software, files, networks, and devices with your Mac
  • Zero-configuration printing; better graphics handling; expanded preferences
  • Cut and paste between platforms; share folders and other media between platforms
  • Easily shut down virtual PC and relaunch right where it left off
  • G5 support; simple, intuitive installation process; use PC and Mac peripherals

6. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0 with Windows XP Home
list price: $219.99
our price: $197.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002NT5HO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 466
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7. Microsoft Windows XP Professional
list price: $299.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005MOTH
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 145
Average Customer Review: 3.47 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Windows XP is the operating system release that unifies the Microsoft range, with all the desktop versions now built on the NT/2000 code base rather than the shakier foundation of Windows 95, 98, and Me. That makes XP a great upgrade for users of the now-obsolete 9x and Me line, but for those already on Windows 2000 Professional it is a closer call. Despite the similar name, there is no special synergy between Windows XP and Office XP, which works fine on Windows 2000.

XP certainly looks different, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop that on first installation shows only the taskbar and Recycle Bin. XP is also more customizable than earlier versions of Windows, and includes visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. That is the window-dressing, but underneath are some significant improvements. One of the most interesting is Remote Desktop. A standard XP feature, this uses technology from Microsoft Terminal Server to enable users to access their computer over any connection; for example, by dialing into the office from home. This is not just file access--this technology lets you run applications remotely as if you were sitting at your desk at work. This is mature technology, stable and carefully thought out. So, for example, you can print from a remote word processor to a local printer. A variation on the theme is Remote Assistance, where the user can allow a remote helper to view their desktop, or optionally gain control of the keyboard and mouse, in order to troubleshoot a problem. The feature can also be disabled to ease security concerns.

Laptop users benefit from enhanced power management, with options to extend battery life by reducing CPU speed and display brightness. IrDA support has been fixed so that, unlike Windows 2000, Windows XP can easily use modems in mobile telephones via infrared. A new screen font, ClearType, improves legibility for laptop or other flat screens, and there is built-in support for wireless networking using the popular 802.11 standard. A great feature of XP, also found in Windows 2000, is the ability to synchronize network files with offline copies. Previously, these files could not be stored securely, but now they can be encrypted.

For Web browsing, XP comes with Internet Explorer 6.0. The enhancements in IE 6.0 are mainly of interest to Web developers, and in any case Microsoft makes IE freely available to all Windows users. Although Java is not installed by default, it is not difficult to download a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Windows Messenger, originally a chat client, has evolved into a collaboration tool that allows for video conferencing and application sharing.

The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, in which other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but it does prevent most types of unauthorized connection.

Windows XP has strong multimedia features. The new Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist, and write your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. Although there is loss of quality as a result of compression, the process is easy and convenient. Media Player 8.0 can play back DVD video, but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed. You can also play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos, but sadly, not the popular RealMedia formats. In the end, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated.

The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. The Start menu now automatically features the most frequently used programs at the top of the list, and you can add and remove shortcuts by right-clicking the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walk-throughs.

Windows XP Professional includes all the features of Windows XP Home, and adds support for dual processors, encryptable file systems, offline folders, the Remote Desktop as described above, and extra administration features that come into play when connected to a Windows server domain. XP is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum requirements. There is also activation to consider, a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure that requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation, and in the future if you reinstall or make major system changes.

Overall, it's a big step forward for those coming from Windows 9x or Me, and attractive rather than compelling as an upgrade from 2000. --Tim Anderson ... Read more

Reviews (914)

5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth, Steady and Solid -- Well Worth the Price!
I recently upgraded to Windows XP from Windows 98 Second Edition, and I have been THOROUGHLY impressed! With Windows 98 I experienced frequent blue screens and crashes. With Windows XP all of those problems are now history. Also, many of the drivers I needed to load AFTER loading Windows 98 are now already included. My video card drivers were loaded, my CD burner functions were all present, and my scanner worked flawlessly without installing any additional software.

The biggest hurdle with this product is successful installation. If you have older components you may have significant problems getting them to function with the new OS. Some older apps are also likely to have difficulty. My hardware and my software are all fairly current, so I had no trouble.

I have upgraded my newer computer at home with Windows XP, but the older computer at my church study has Windows 98, and will have it for some time. I am reluctant to upgrade because of the installation problems inevitable with the older components.

This product is definitely worth the price, but some persons may need to upgrade components BEFORE upgrading their OS.

If you have a newer or brand new computer and are seeking the smoothest, steadiest and most solid OS, I HIGHLY recommend Windows XP.

2-0 out of 5 stars Horror show
I am not a computer guru but I am very good at fixing problems on my machine and have been using windows since 95. I did a fresh install of XP home edition on Oct 30th. I still have not been able to get my CD writer to work properly. The burner worked fine with M.E. No matter how much I slow the write speed, the disks are corrupt. It burns the disk but the disk cannot be read (sometimes it can). Doesn't matter if it is data or music. This all happened when I installed XP. I have contacted support, updated the driver, replaced my IDE cable. It just does not work (I replaced the writer, just for fun - no change).

Also my DVD player will not read DVD's. I have purchased software to burn CD's and play DVD's that is supposed to work with XP but no luck.

I used to have issues about Microsoft's hardcore piracy protection. I like to reformat sometimes. I have read that you have to contact Microsoft and explain why you are installing again. This used to concern me but it has fallen low on the list.

Since I have installed XP, my machine is horrible at doing the things XP was supposed to be made for. I have had no luck with any support. I think I am going to bail on it. I am a beaten man...

5-0 out of 5 stars MAJOR improvement over '98; Microsoft finally got it right!
I purchased a BYO system and went with an OEM version of XP Home edition. Given Microsoft's track record when coming out with a new OS (always wait at least 1 year to make sure most of the major bugs are out), I was skeptical; but, to my surprise I have been VERY pleased with XP so far. I leave my computer on 24/7, and I have not seen ONE B.S.O.D. since I installed it a month ago. In fact, I have not had to restart my computer ONE time due to a system crash/lockup.
I was also concerned about having to download drivers for all of my peripherals and plug-in cards; but again, Microsoft surprised me! My printer, network card, cd-rw drive, video card and gamepad installed almost instantly without me doing anything! XP comes preloaded with MANY drivers, and when the device is plugged in XP instantly recognizes it and loads the correct driver before your even done sitting down. No hardware wizard to mess with . . . just a quick painless install.
My recommendation? Backup all your files, wipe out your hard drive and install XP from scratch (NOT as an upgrade or on top of '98). This will ensure you get the smoothest operation. Also, as mentioned, XP may not support some older devices; but if it's not supported it's probably time for you to get a new one anyway.

5-0 out of 5 stars Windows XP Professional
I have been a freelance translator for the past 15 years; and as such, was forced to learn how to operate a computer at a rather advanced age. That was during 1990. I started with a plain little computer, no WYSIWYG. . .and I can't even remember what the operating system was, but it was, most assuredly built by Bill Gates and was not yet "Windows".
I have FINALLY GRADUATED to this WONDERFUL version of Windows. . Windows XP Professional, the zenith of operating systems. I assure anyone who is reading this, that it is a most worthwhile investment. No more crashes. The computer even TELLS YOU when it has "indigestion". I love it. I cannot believe how good it is. I recommend it most heartily to everyone. You will certainly not be sorry once you load it on to your computer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Turned my Dinosaur PC into a Performer
When I had Windows 98, my computer had a lot of problems. It was always stalling, it was unstable, and practically froze on me 2 times a day over an 8 hour usage. When I installed Windows XP the difference was completely noticeable. I stopped getting the stupid errors on the screen, and my computers functionality and power increased at least by 210%. Windows Xp has its downside though. It still has a compatibility problem with really old programs, (Try Nisus Missle Master 2.5 made back in 1992, for example). But who cares? All I've ever wanted is a computer that can go beyond its limits. Now, with Windows XP, your computer can pass every limit ever made. ... Read more


8. Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
list price: $319.00
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Asin: B00003JAU7
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 319
Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
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With its responsive user interface and improved reliability, Windows 2000 Professional is truly the most appealing version yet of Microsoft's operating system. Provided you have the hardware to run it (at least 64 MB of RAM is required), you won't find a better, more serious OS for business computing.

If you are upgrading from previous editions, the Windows 2000 wizards are particularly useful; they'll detect all your software and possible compatibility problems before you make the switch. In testing, our upgrade for a laptop was smooth and sure, and all previously installed software was automatically brought onboard to the new version.

Previously, Microsoft offered only limited support for notebook users within Windows NT 4.0. Windows 2000, however, allows most recent laptops to take advantage of power-management features, plug-and-play standard, plus recent hardware advances, such as the Universal Serial Bus (USB), IrDA for infrared devices, and FireWire. All these improvements mean that Windows 2000 will run on a greater array of systems.

There are some unexpected additions, too. You can also "hibernate" your Windows 2000 notebook to save and restore your work quickly as you go out on the road. In addition, this new OS adds more support for working offline with data saved from the Internet. (The Windows 2000 version of Internet Explorer 5.0 and Active Desktop, which allows you to access Web content from the desktop, are bundled here too.)

Besides support for mobile users, Windows 2000 beefs up reliability and greatly reduces the need to reboot as you update drivers, settings, and the like. Although you can still expect your Linux friends to brag that their favorite OS is even more reliable, the ease of configuration in Windows 2000 and its new-and-improved reliability make for an excellent choice for any serious computer user. Of course, if your business is using Windows 2000 Server on the back end, you will also benefit from easier installation and configuring of software, since these tasks can now be automated by remote administrators.

In all, Windows 2000 is a great-looking operating system, with a slick visual style, a responsive user interface, and plenty of power beneath the hood. For desktop and mobile users, it's a state-of-the-art choice for running today's Windows applications and for getting to the Internet. --Richard Dragan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Windows 2000 is far superior to Windows 98
Let me tell you Microsoft has done something right finally. Windows 2000 has the stability of NT and the compatability of 98(well almost). I have it running for a week(I had advanced copy) so far and there hasn't been a crash nor a blue screen of death like in Windows 98 SE. The basic requirement I think is a lot of ram, 64+ is fine but I think 128 is good and 256 the optimal. Windows 2000 Professional is easy to use, it looks just like Windows 98 except underneath all of it, it's the NT kernel, which means stability. Windows 2000 has gotten rid of DOS(almost) there is very little dos support and you may not be able to play certain legacy games. The good thing is that companies are writing drivers so that there is a lot of compatability with new things. Basically everything you have in Win98 can probably run in Win2000. There is a program you can download at Microsoft.com to check if there are any compatability issues. The fact that Microsoft must first approve software drivers before it is made available to the public is another boon. I hope this has helped you! Windows 2000 is really great compared to Win98 or 95!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good OS for heavy duty tasks
I've been using W2K since 1999 (MSDN Beta 3) and bought the whole OS in early 2000. I've been working with it since and has been one of the best decisions I've ever made when it comes to stable OSs. It's a great upgrade since it makes things way easier the way they were on NT 4, but it also has its downsides. It's not easy to learn for the average computer user, meaning that you've got to be more aware the way your computer works, although no special training is required (you can learn just by reading thoroughly the help files or finding advice on the net). Sometimes programs crash (although Windows does not), but can leave a fairly unstable environment to work with, and if that happens, well, Windows becomes stupid, and maybe, you'll have to reboot. UNIX based systems are a better choice, but in a growing Windows world, this one is a good headstart into the corporate computing environment.

Oh, BTW, take your eyes off Windows XP (either Home or Pro). It'll only slow you down. Better get this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a decent OS to come out from Microsoft
This is a tough review to write, because I am really struggling about whether I should give a perfect 5. But my philosophy is- nothing is perfect, so I am giving this great OS a 4.

Windows 2000, built on the NT core, offers great stability and resource management. Everything M$ claims about this OS has mostly been true. Win 2k is robust (great support for Desktops and Laptops in terms of hardware), secure (NTFS file system lets u encrypt your files and password access required to access the system), managable (great for LAN within a single domain, where people can log in and personalize their desktop w/o worries), and stable (once the proper drivers are set, applications run smoothly and if for some reason apps fail, windows will give you an option to close the app w/o affecting overall system).

Perhaps the greatest plus is the OS's Plug N' Play ability, in which NT 4 lacks bigtime. All drivers for Win 2k uses the WDM (Windows 32-bit driver model), which Win98SE could sometimes use as well and provides better resource assignment for hardware. This abstraction gives the hardware open possibility to be both Win 98SE and 2k compatible: expect a much more array of hardware to support win 2k than NT. Note however that drivers designed for 98SE might not work for 2k (but interestingly, 2k drivers will work under 98SE, which I experimented), so 2k specific drivers must be installed.

The only negative thing for this OS is probably its difficult to setup network. Network setup in 2k requires the user to know what they are doing, and small home LAN is MUCH MORE difficult to setup than Win 98. Also, some games might not run under win2k due to its true 32bit nature (although DirectX 7(+? maybe.)is supported), making 2k a less than attractive entertainment platform.

Overall, this OS is great. By the current market trend, users can always expect new hardware support (USB, Firewire, etc.), and as games become more 32-bit oriented, gamers can expect more games to be playable on a stable platform. Give credit to M$ for finally getting it done right- a true 32-bit OS w/ great hardware support and ease of use from a decent GUI.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Operating System of All Time
This is a great operating system. I've never had a problem with it. My computer's at 1.3 gig, but it seems like 3. Games run smoothly, extremly fast word processor, can it get better? Internet runs quickly (probably because I have a Cable Modem), if you just want to open a file on the internet, you can do that. If you compare it to Mac OS 9, it beats it in every possible way. Trust me, this is the best OS you will use for a while. 2000 is better than XP.

5-0 out of 5 stars Windows 2000 is still not a bad choice.
The year is nearly 2004 and I am still using Windows 2000. I used to be an NT 4 user but 2000 has to be the most solid Windows OS I have had the experience of using. Most software packages will still run under 2000 and so will new ones, even most games.

Windows 2000 is very secure and I use it mostly for hardcore multimedia work. I can count the amount of crashes I have had within almost 4 years using this OS on 1 hand! For the type of work that I do (Video, web, 3D) I need an OS that is going to be put through some intensive processes. 2000 did it for me.

Going with 2000 may not be the best choice for everybody, and XP is probably much better for the domestic home computer user, but if you want a solid system then look no further than 2000. It will not let you down. ... Read more


9. Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00005MOTF
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Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 160
Average Customer Review: 3.47 out of 5 stars
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Packed with multimedia features, Windows XP Home Edition aims to unlock the full potential of your personal computer. It also looks great, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop.

The best thing about Windows XP is that, because it belongs to the Windows NT/2000 product family, it's designed from the ground up for reliability, security, and networking. XP Home users will soon see the benefits of this. The dreaded Windows crash-and-reboot cycle really is much less common with XP, and, provided the hardware is up to scratch, XP's performance is better, too. The downside is that using a different code base can make compatibility with old applications less assured. Business applications normally run fine, but older games, MIDI software, and system utilities may well cause problems.

Windows XP is more customizable than previous versions, including its visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. Fast User Switching is a neat feature for computers used by more than one person--it lets another user log on without killing the previous user's session, and when you switch back, running applications and open documents are as you left them. This is impressive, but what really counts is that XP understands how to deal with multiple users. Each user has their own special folders, such as My Documents, which cannot be seen by other users. And for those with more than one computer, the network setup wizard simplifies setting up a network.

Windows XP Home has many strong multimedia features. New Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist, and write your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. You can also play back DVD-Video (but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed) and play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos (but sadly not the popular RealMedia formats). Admittedly, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated. There is also Windows Movie Maker, a basic tool for capturing and editing videos that's fun to use, although too limited for serious work.

For Web browsing, XP Home comes with Internet Explorer 6.0 and MSN Explorer. The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, in which other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but it does prevent most types of unauthorized connections.

The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. For example, you can add and remove shortcuts from the Start menu by right-clicking on the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walkthroughs. Laptop or other flat-screen users can set Windows to use ClearType for screen fonts, for a more readable display.

There are, of course, some pitfalls. Windows XP Home is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum. Business users note: unlike Windows 98 or Me, XP Home Edition cannot join a Windows server domain, so the networking is peer-to-peer only--see Windows XP Professional Editionfor this functionality. There is also no multiprocessor support, and a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation and any future system changes. But don't let that put you off: this is Microsoft's best Windows yet. --Tim Anderson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth, Steady and Solid -- Well Worth the Price!
I recently upgraded to Windows XP from Windows 98 Second Edition, and I have been THOROUGHLY impressed! With Windows 98 I experienced frequent blue screens and crashes. With Windows XP all of those problems are now history. Also, many of the drivers I needed to load AFTER loading Windows 98 are now already included. My video card drivers were loaded, my CD burner functions were all present, and my scanner worked flawlessly without installing any additional software.

The biggest hurdle with this product is successful installation. If you have older components you may have significant problems getting them to function with the new OS. Some older apps are also likely to have difficulty. My hardware and my software are all fairly current, so I had no trouble.

I have upgraded my newer computer at home with Windows XP, but the older computer at my church study has Windows 98, and will have it for some time. I am reluctant to upgrade because of the installation problems inevitable with the older components.

This product is definitely worth the price, but some persons may need to upgrade components BEFORE upgrading their OS.

If you have a newer or brand new computer and are seeking the smoothest, steadiest and most solid OS, I HIGHLY recommend Windows XP.

2-0 out of 5 stars Horror show
I am not a computer guru but I am very good at fixing problems on my machine and have been using windows since 95. I did a fresh install of XP home edition on Oct 30th. I still have not been able to get my CD writer to work properly. The burner worked fine with M.E. No matter how much I slow the write speed, the disks are corrupt. It burns the disk but the disk cannot be read (sometimes it can). Doesn't matter if it is data or music. This all happened when I installed XP. I have contacted support, updated the driver, replaced my IDE cable. It just does not work (I replaced the writer, just for fun - no change).

Also my DVD player will not read DVD's. I have purchased software to burn CD's and play DVD's that is supposed to work with XP but no luck.

I used to have issues about Microsoft's hardcore piracy protection. I like to reformat sometimes. I have read that you have to contact Microsoft and explain why you are installing again. This used to concern me but it has fallen low on the list.

Since I have installed XP, my machine is horrible at doing the things XP was supposed to be made for. I have had no luck with any support. I think I am going to bail on it. I am a beaten man...

5-0 out of 5 stars MAJOR improvement over '98; Microsoft finally got it right!
I purchased a BYO system and went with an OEM version of XP Home edition. Given Microsoft's track record when coming out with a new OS (always wait at least 1 year to make sure most of the major bugs are out), I was skeptical; but, to my surprise I have been VERY pleased with XP so far. I leave my computer on 24/7, and I have not seen ONE B.S.O.D. since I installed it a month ago. In fact, I have not had to restart my computer ONE time due to a system crash/lockup.
I was also concerned about having to download drivers for all of my peripherals and plug-in cards; but again, Microsoft surprised me! My printer, network card, cd-rw drive, video card and gamepad installed almost instantly without me doing anything! XP comes preloaded with MANY drivers, and when the device is plugged in XP instantly recognizes it and loads the correct driver before your even done sitting down. No hardware wizard to mess with . . . just a quick painless install.
My recommendation? Backup all your files, wipe out your hard drive and install XP from scratch (NOT as an upgrade or on top of '98). This will ensure you get the smoothest operation. Also, as mentioned, XP may not support some older devices; but if it's not supported it's probably time for you to get a new one anyway.

5-0 out of 5 stars Windows XP Professional
I have been a freelance translator for the past 15 years; and as such, was forced to learn how to operate a computer at a rather advanced age. That was during 1990. I started with a plain little computer, no WYSIWYG. . .and I can't even remember what the operating system was, but it was, most assuredly built by Bill Gates and was not yet "Windows".
I have FINALLY GRADUATED to this WONDERFUL version of Windows. . Windows XP Professional, the zenith of operating systems. I assure anyone who is reading this, that it is a most worthwhile investment. No more crashes. The computer even TELLS YOU when it has "indigestion". I love it. I cannot believe how good it is. I recommend it most heartily to everyone. You will certainly not be sorry once you load it on to your computer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Turned my Dinosaur PC into a Performer
When I had Windows 98, my computer had a lot of problems. It was always stalling, it was unstable, and practically froze on me 2 times a day over an 8 hour usage. When I installed Windows XP the difference was completely noticeable. I stopped getting the stupid errors on the screen, and my computers functionality and power increased at least by 210%. Windows Xp has its downside though. It still has a compatibility problem with really old programs, (Try Nisus Missle Master 2.5 made back in 1992, for example). But who cares? All I've ever wanted is a computer that can go beyond its limits. Now, with Windows XP, your computer can pass every limit ever made. ... Read more


10. Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
list price: $129.99
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Asin: B0000E6NK9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple
Sales Rank: 111
Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Super-modern operating system combining the strength of UNIX with the elegance of Macintosh
  • Over 150 new features and significant enhancements to its modern, UNIX-based foundation
  • iChat AV for personal video conferencing in high-quality, full-screen video over the Internet
  • Expose for instant access to any window; displays all open or current-application windows
  • FileVault for keeping your valuable documents safe with powerful AES-128 bit encryption

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5-0 out of 5 stars Oh, so it WAS possible to improve on Jaguar!

Software is funny that way. You can be happy with a release until you see the next generation, then you realize all its deficiencies at once. Now, finally, after 19 years of joy and suffering, with Panther we have what is very nearly the perfect desktop OS for the Mac - until the next one. I rate it 4.9 stars, and I'll round up this time.

If you own anything from 10.1.5 on down and have the supported hardware, the upgrade to Panther is the king of no-brainers. Everything is improved, and improved markedly - features too numerous to mention. It's even a bit faster.

If you're starting with Jaguar, the upgrade is more subtle, and you may want to take your time, maybe wait for 10.3.2 or 10.3.3. However, the improvement in Finder, which now goes by the iTunes model, is so dramatic that you will want to consider upgrading right away. Also, Panther plays really, really nice with a Windows network, which is the cross I have to bear, and if you do to, I think you'll want Panther now.

Deficiencies are mainly in the bundled apps, not the core OS, and they are mainly lack of features that were left off to keep the bundled aps from running away. I'm sure Expose will be great once I get used to it, but now it oftne surprises me when I don't expect it. iCal is nice, and I use it, but it could be a lot more powerful. Address book is beautfully done, and nicely integrated. Mail is generally excellent, but needs more formatting options. I use X11 frequently and it is solid, but there is room for improvement. Preview is very nice, but I wish it could export in more formats. For home use, iPhoto and iMovie are perfect for the casual user (like me), but more serious prosumer photographers and videographers will want unbundled apps like Photoshop or Final Cut Express.

Overall,very nice work by Apple, and will be hard to top. What's next - Tiger?

5-0 out of 5 stars Panther Delivers
Oops! Hit save twice without meaning to, and I can't seem to edit out the rest of this review. Sorry!

I ordered this product because I was suffering some difficulties with an earlier version of OS X (10.2.8), and because this one promised some nice improvements and a speed jump.

Goodness.

Installation was a snap. Several online news sources strongly recommended running disk and permissions repair from the Disk Utility; that took about a half-hour for both--I have a 40GB drive. Then I ran the installer, clicked maybe four buttons, and another twenty minutes later I was running 10.3. Not only does it look cool and contain some fabulous interface improvements--Exposé alone is one of those OS doodads you wonder how you ever got along without, and I can finally run the HP driver for my home-networked DeskJet--but the speed and responsiveness of my computer has bumped--this is a subjective measure, but I think a good one--probably 15-25%.


It's also quite stable--not that earlier versions of OS X weren't, but this one has run like a dream. Running on my PowerBook G3 (Pismo/FireWire/2000 model) for the past week and a half, no bombs (of course--in a year and a half of running X, I've had two kernel panics), few application crashes (actually, I'm not sure I can remember any), and only one glitch: if the "Wake for system administrator" box was checked in the Energy Saver "options" tab, my computer would occasionally wake from sleep, but the monitor would be irrevocably black. Fortunately, I don't need to have a SysOp diddle with my system--if I did, I'd probably drop the review a star.

The new 'quick user change' option is a godsend, since my kids occasionally use my computer, and I like to be able to leave my email, etc, on while theire doing their thing. It's incredibly smooth--the only drawback being that you can't (apparently) have the same application opened by two different users at the same time. That includes the Classic environment. In order to switch between my daughters' accounts, I needed actually to log out, since both of them primarilly use OS 9 edutainment apps. Ah well. That's the one thing I'd love the Apple geniuses to rethink for 10.4!

The wonderful thing is that this OS actually breathes new life into my 3 1/2 year old laptop--think of the last time an operating system upgrade didn't actually SLOW DOWN your vintage computer. The smoothness and the features--especially the HP IP printing driver--make it possible for me now actually to consider jettisoning Classic. I think that's a strong enough endorsement of how terrific this version of OS X is. If you've been putting off upgrading from OS 9 till the system got a bit more mature, your patience has been rewarded; this is a beatiful, fully-grown operating system.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best OS I have ever experienced!!!
Super Awesome OS !!! AAAAAAAAAAA+++++++

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid update!
Solid update, has a lot of nice little changes. However I don't like that you have to pay for it when you've already bought the other.

5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth as Butter
Although I was familiar with 10.2 from using other computers, I still had Classic on mine and have been so in heaven since upgrading to Panther. It's like a calm wave has washed over my whole experience of my G4. I've been a Mac user for over 15 years and wished for many little improvements over time. With Panther, all of these have been accomplished, and more. Essentially, this OS has taken the (few) superior things Windows had (such as the dock and a more accessible finder), kept the good Mac things, and added an overall fluidity, pleasing aesthetic, and ease-of-use.

There are certain improvements besides those mentioned that make the upgrade to Panther a no-brainer. The most noticeable and helpful of these for me is the improved partitioning between programs, i.e. when you're experiencing a problem with one application, it does not effect the others. So, I can keep working in Word and Mail, for instance, even when my browser crashes (as they are apt to do). Speaking of browser crashes, I experience far fewer with Apple's Safari (that comes with Panther) than I previously did with Explorer. Besides less bugs, it's more streamlined and basically nicer to use than the others.

The other native programs are equally user-friendly and actually quite useful. iCal is the coolest; it lets you subscribe to various calendars from anyone who publishes them (like friends' agendas, company schedules, the many available on icalshare.com, etc.) iPhoto, Address Book, and iTunes are also each very good at what they do.

All in all, Panther has significantly enhanced my productivity and enjoyment of my computer. ... Read more


11. Microsoft Works Suite 2005 [Money, Encarta, Picture It, Streets & Trips, Word 2002]
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B0002KQOP8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft Software
Sales Rank: 446
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  • Write like a professional with Word 2002
  • Get up and go with Streets & Trips 2005
  • Edit and organize your photos with Picture It! Premium 10
  • Explore the world with Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2005
  • Get those finances in order with Money Standard 2005

12. Microsoft Windows XP Professional Upgrade
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Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 266
Average Customer Review: 3.47 out of 5 stars
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Windows XP is the operating system release that unifies the Microsoft range, with all the desktop versions now built on the NT/2000 code base rather than the shakier foundation of Windows 95, 98, and Me. That makes XP a great upgrade for users of the now obsolete 9x and Me line, but for those already on Windows 2000 Professional it is a closer call. Despite the similar name, there is no special synergy between Windows XP and Office XP, which works fine on Windows 2000.

XP certainly looks different, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop that on first installation shows only the taskbar and recycle bin. XP is also more customizable than previous versions of Windows, and includes visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. That is the window-dressing, but underneath are some significant improvements. One of the most interesting is Remote Desktop. A standard XP feature, this uses technology from Microsoft Terminal Server to enable users to access their computer over any connection; for example, by dialing into the office from home. This is not just file access--this technology lets you run applications remotely as if you were sitting at your desk at work. This is mature technology, stable and carefully thought-out. So, for example, you can print from a remote word processor to a local printer. A variation on the theme is Remote Assistance, where the user can allow a remote helper to view their desktop, or optionally gain control of the keyboard and mouse, in order to troubleshoot a problem. The feature can also be disabled to ease security concerns.

Laptop users benefit from enhanced power management, with options to extend battery life by reducing CPU speed and display brightness. IrDA support has been fixed so that, unlike Windows 2000, XP can easily use modems in mobile telephones via infrared. A new screen font, ClearType, improves legibility for laptop or other flat screens, and there is built-in support for wireless networking using the popular 802.11 standard. A great feature of XP, also found in Windows 2000, is the ability to synchronize network files with offline copies. Previously these files could not be stored securely, but now they can be encrypted.

For Web browsing, XP comes with Internet Explorer 6.0. The enhancements in IE 6.0 are mainly of interest to Web developers, and in any case Microsoft makes IE freely available to all Windows users. Although Java is not installed by default, it is not difficult to download a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Windows Messenger, originally a chat client, has evolved into a collaboration tool that allows for video conferencing and application sharing.

The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, in which other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but does prevent most types of unauthorized connection.

Windows XP has strong multimedia features. The new Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist, and write your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. Although there is loss of quality as a result of compression, the process is easy and convenient. Media Player 8.0 can play back DVD video, but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed. You can also play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos, but sadly not the popular RealMedia formats. In the end, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated.

The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. The Start menu now automatically features the most frequently used programs at the top of the list, and you can add and remove shortcuts by right-clicking the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walk-throughs.

Windows XP Professional includes all the features of Windows XP Home, and adds support for dual processors, encryptable file system, offline folders, the Remote Desktop as described above, and extra administration features that come into play when connected to a Windows server domain. XP is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum requirements. There is also activation to consider, a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure that requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation, and in the future if you reinstall or make major system changes.

Overall, it's a big step forward for those coming from Windows 9x or Me, and attractive rather than compelling as an upgrade from 2000. --Tim Anderson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth, Steady and Solid -- Well Worth the Price!
I recently upgraded to Windows XP from Windows 98 Second Edition, and I have been THOROUGHLY impressed! With Windows 98 I experienced frequent blue screens and crashes. With Windows XP all of those problems are now history. Also, many of the drivers I needed to load AFTER loading Windows 98 are now already included. My video card drivers were loaded, my CD burner functions were all present, and my scanner worked flawlessly without installing any additional software.

The biggest hurdle with this product is successful installation. If you have older components you may have significant problems getting them to function with the new OS. Some older apps are also likely to have difficulty. My hardware and my software are all fairly current, so I had no trouble.

I have upgraded my newer computer at home with Windows XP, but the older computer at my church study has Windows 98, and will have it for some time. I am reluctant to upgrade because of the installation problems inevitable with the older components.

This product is definitely worth the price, but some persons may need to upgrade components BEFORE upgrading their OS.

If you have a newer or brand new computer and are seeking the smoothest, steadiest and most solid OS, I HIGHLY recommend Windows XP.

2-0 out of 5 stars Horror show
I am not a computer guru but I am very good at fixing problems on my machine and have been using windows since 95. I did a fresh install of XP home edition on Oct 30th. I still have not been able to get my CD writer to work properly. The burner worked fine with M.E. No matter how much I slow the write speed, the disks are corrupt. It burns the disk but the disk cannot be read (sometimes it can). Doesn't matter if it is data or music. This all happened when I installed XP. I have contacted support, updated the driver, replaced my IDE cable. It just does not work (I replaced the writer, just for fun - no change).

Also my DVD player will not read DVD's. I have purchased software to burn CD's and play DVD's that is supposed to work with XP but no luck.

I used to have issues about Microsoft's hardcore piracy protection. I like to reformat sometimes. I have read that you have to contact Microsoft and explain why you are installing again. This used to concern me but it has fallen low on the list.

Since I have installed XP, my machine is horrible at doing the things XP was supposed to be made for. I have had no luck with any support. I think I am going to bail on it. I am a beaten man...

5-0 out of 5 stars MAJOR improvement over '98; Microsoft finally got it right!
I purchased a BYO system and went with an OEM version of XP Home edition. Given Microsoft's track record when coming out with a new OS (always wait at least 1 year to make sure most of the major bugs are out), I was skeptical; but, to my surprise I have been VERY pleased with XP so far. I leave my computer on 24/7, and I have not seen ONE B.S.O.D. since I installed it a month ago. In fact, I have not had to restart my computer ONE time due to a system crash/lockup.
I was also concerned about having to download drivers for all of my peripherals and plug-in cards; but again, Microsoft surprised me! My printer, network card, cd-rw drive, video card and gamepad installed almost instantly without me doing anything! XP comes preloaded with MANY drivers, and when the device is plugged in XP instantly recognizes it and loads the correct driver before your even done sitting down. No hardware wizard to mess with . . . just a quick painless install.
My recommendation? Backup all your files, wipe out your hard drive and install XP from scratch (NOT as an upgrade or on top of '98). This will ensure you get the smoothest operation. Also, as mentioned, XP may not support some older devices; but if it's not supported it's probably time for you to get a new one anyway.

5-0 out of 5 stars Windows XP Professional
I have been a freelance translator for the past 15 years; and as such, was forced to learn how to operate a computer at a rather advanced age. That was during 1990. I started with a plain little computer, no WYSIWYG. . .and I can't even remember what the operating system was, but it was, most assuredly built by Bill Gates and was not yet "Windows".
I have FINALLY GRADUATED to this WONDERFUL version of Windows. . Windows XP Professional, the zenith of operating systems. I assure anyone who is reading this, that it is a most worthwhile investment. No more crashes. The computer even TELLS YOU when it has "indigestion". I love it. I cannot believe how good it is. I recommend it most heartily to everyone. You will certainly not be sorry once you load it on to your computer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Turned my Dinosaur PC into a Performer
When I had Windows 98, my computer had a lot of problems. It was always stalling, it was unstable, and practically froze on me 2 times a day over an 8 hour usage. When I installed Windows XP the difference was completely noticeable. I stopped getting the stupid errors on the screen, and my computers functionality and power increased at least by 210%. Windows Xp has its downside though. It still has a compatibility problem with really old programs, (Try Nisus Missle Master 2.5 made back in 1992, for example). But who cares? All I've ever wanted is a computer that can go beyond its limits. Now, with Windows XP, your computer can pass every limit ever made. ... Read more


13. Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00005MOTE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 524
Average Customer Review: 3.47 out of 5 stars
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Packed with multimedia features, Windows XP Home Edition aims to unlock the full potential of your personal computer. It also looks great, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop.

The best thing about Windows XP is that, because it belongs to the Windows NT/2000 product family, it's designed from the ground up for reliability, security, and networking. XP Home users will soon see the benefits of this. The dreaded Windows crash-and-reboot cycle really is much less common with XP, and, provided the hardware is up to scratch, XP's performance is better, too. The downside is that using a different code base can make compatibility with old applications less assured. Business applications normally run fine, but older games, MIDI software, and system utilities may well cause problems.

Windows XP is more customizable than previous versions, including its visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. Fast User Switching is a neat feature for computers used by more than one person--it lets another user log on without killing the previous user's session, and when you switch back, running applications and open documents are as you left them. This is impressive, but what really counts is that XP understands how to deal with multiple users. Each user has their own special folders, such as My Documents, which cannot be seen by other users. And for those with more than one computer, the network setup wizard simplifies setting up a network.

Windows XP Home has many strong multimedia features. New Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist, and write your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. You can also play back DVD-Video (but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed) and play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos (but sadly not the popular RealMedia formats). Admittedly, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated. There is also Windows Movie Maker, a basic tool for capturing and editing videos that's fun to use, although too limited for serious work.

For Web browsing, XP Home comes with Internet Explorer 6.0 and MSN Explorer. The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, in which other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but it does prevent most types of unauthorized connections.

The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. For example, you can add and remove shortcuts from the Start menu by right-clicking on the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walkthroughs. Laptop or other flat-screen users can set Windows to use ClearType for screen fonts, for a more readable display.

There are, of course, some pitfalls. Windows XP Home is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum. Business users note: unlike Windows 98 or Me, XP Home Edition cannot join a Windows server domain, so the networking is peer-to-peer only--see Windows XP Professional Edition Upgrade for this functionality. There is also no multiprocessor support, and a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation and any future system changes. But don't let that put you off: this is Microsoft's best Windows yet. --Tim Anderson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth, Steady and Solid -- Well Worth the Price!
I recently upgraded to Windows XP from Windows 98 Second Edition, and I have been THOROUGHLY impressed! With Windows 98 I experienced frequent blue screens and crashes. With Windows XP all of those problems are now history. Also, many of the drivers I needed to load AFTER loading Windows 98 are now already included. My video card drivers were loaded, my CD burner functions were all present, and my scanner worked flawlessly without installing any additional software.

The biggest hurdle with this product is successful installation. If you have older components you may have significant problems getting them to function with the new OS. Some older apps are also likely to have difficulty. My hardware and my software are all fairly current, so I had no trouble.

I have upgraded my newer computer at home with Windows XP, but the older computer at my church study has Windows 98, and will have it for some time. I am reluctant to upgrade because of the installation problems inevitable with the older components.

This product is definitely worth the price, but some persons may need to upgrade components BEFORE upgrading their OS.

If you have a newer or brand new computer and are seeking the smoothest, steadiest and most solid OS, I HIGHLY recommend Windows XP.

2-0 out of 5 stars Horror show
I am not a computer guru but I am very good at fixing problems on my machine and have been using windows since 95. I did a fresh install of XP home edition on Oct 30th. I still have not been able to get my CD writer to work properly. The burner worked fine with M.E. No matter how much I slow the write speed, the disks are corrupt. It burns the disk but the disk cannot be read (sometimes it can). Doesn't matter if it is data or music. This all happened when I installed XP. I have contacted support, updated the driver, replaced my IDE cable. It just does not work (I replaced the writer, just for fun - no change).

Also my DVD player will not read DVD's. I have purchased software to burn CD's and play DVD's that is supposed to work with XP but no luck.

I used to have issues about Microsoft's hardcore piracy protection. I like to reformat sometimes. I have read that you have to contact Microsoft and explain why you are installing again. This used to concern me but it has fallen low on the list.

Since I have installed XP, my machine is horrible at doing the things XP was supposed to be made for. I have had no luck with any support. I think I am going to bail on it. I am a beaten man...

5-0 out of 5 stars MAJOR improvement over '98; Microsoft finally got it right!
I purchased a BYO system and went with an OEM version of XP Home edition. Given Microsoft's track record when coming out with a new OS (always wait at least 1 year to make sure most of the major bugs are out), I was skeptical; but, to my surprise I have been VERY pleased with XP so far. I leave my computer on 24/7, and I have not seen ONE B.S.O.D. since I installed it a month ago. In fact, I have not had to restart my computer ONE time due to a system crash/lockup.
I was also concerned about having to download drivers for all of my peripherals and plug-in cards; but again, Microsoft surprised me! My printer, network card, cd-rw drive, video card and gamepad installed almost instantly without me doing anything! XP comes preloaded with MANY drivers, and when the device is plugged in XP instantly recognizes it and loads the correct driver before your even done sitting down. No hardware wizard to mess with . . . just a quick painless install.
My recommendation? Backup all your files, wipe out your hard drive and install XP from scratch (NOT as an upgrade or on top of '98). This will ensure you get the smoothest operation. Also, as mentioned, XP may not support some older devices; but if it's not supported it's probably time for you to get a new one anyway.

5-0 out of 5 stars Windows XP Professional
I have been a freelance translator for the past 15 years; and as such, was forced to learn how to operate a computer at a rather advanced age. That was during 1990. I started with a plain little computer, no WYSIWYG. . .and I can't even remember what the operating system was, but it was, most assuredly built by Bill Gates and was not yet "Windows".
I have FINALLY GRADUATED to this WONDERFUL version of Windows. . Windows XP Professional, the zenith of operating systems. I assure anyone who is reading this, that it is a most worthwhile investment. No more crashes. The computer even TELLS YOU when it has "indigestion". I love it. I cannot believe how good it is. I recommend it most heartily to everyone. You will certainly not be sorry once you load it on to your computer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Turned my Dinosaur PC into a Performer
When I had Windows 98, my computer had a lot of problems. It was always stalling, it was unstable, and practically froze on me 2 times a day over an 8 hour usage. When I installed Windows XP the difference was completely noticeable. I stopped getting the stupid errors on the screen, and my computers functionality and power increased at least by 210%. Windows Xp has its downside though. It still has a compatibility problem with really old programs, (Try Nisus Missle Master 2.5 made back in 1992, for example). But who cares? All I've ever wanted is a computer that can go beyond its limits. Now, with Windows XP, your computer can pass every limit ever made. ... Read more


14. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0 with Windows 2000
list price: $249.99
our price: $219.99
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Asin: B0002NT34O
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 2581
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15. Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
list price: $209.00
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Asin: B00004W62O
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3018
Average Customer Review: 2.41 out of 5 stars
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With the cutely named Windows Me (for Millennium Edition), Microsoftraises the bar a bit with a new operating system that you'll certainly want toconsider for your next new PC. While this version will probably not be acompelling upgrade for most Windows 95/98 users, the newest member of theWindows operating-system family bundles a number of minor improvements aimed atmaking computing life easier for home users.

There are several noteworthy features in Windows Me, even if no one featurereally stands out. First, we liked that Windows Me boots noticeably faster. Thereason is that the underpinnings of DOS have been removed from this new release.One result of this absence is that you can no longer boot to a command window asin Windows 95/98 without special diskettes. (Also, don't expect Windows Me tosupport older hardware that uses virtual device drivers written in the days ofyore.) Of course, you can still run DOS command sessions within Windows Me.

Besides removing legacy support for DOS, Windows Me adds several otherimprovements to reliability. The most important is that every 10 hours or so,the operating system automatically backs up its system files (just like Windows2000), thus reducing the chance of your system being corrupted. Windows Me alsoborrows the TCP/IP stack (the low-level code that connects to the Internet) fromWindows 2000, meaning you should have slightly more reliable networkingconnections. For laptop users, you can also hibernate a session and restore itquickly, another feature borrowed from Windows 2000.

The personality of Windows Me also changed a bit for the better. Principally,you can take advantage of personalized menus, which show the most frequentlyaccessed menu choices on the Start bar and hide the others. (This feature isalso based on Windows 2000, but don't worry, you can turn it off.) InternetExplorer 5.5 is bundled here; so is support for working with compressed Zipfiles, which no longer require an add-on.

Microsoft has been touting the multimedia capabilities of the new Windows Me.There's a built-in video editor for video files, and the operating system makesit easy to connect to today's video cameras, scanners, and digital cameras. Butwithout built-in support for Real Media files, these features probably won'tplease everybody.

So what's the verdict on Windows Me? Provided you have recent hardware, thereare some good reasons to upgrade, but most users will want to stick with theircurrent OS. If you are buying a new system, by all means choose Windows Meinstead of Windows 98. Even though it isn't a major release for most users,Windows Me shows that Microsoft has done its homework when it comes to improvingthe computing experience for consumers. --Rich Dragan ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A so-so release from the Big M
It's not quite 98 and it's not quite XP, and it shows. For those of you looking to upgrade from 9x to ME, think twice: there is no real-mode DOS support in ME. If you rely heavily on DOS applications or play a lot of DOS-based game, stick with or upgrade to 98se. As for hardware support, ME does a satisfactory job of detecting older pieces, however the actual driver database is rather small, meaning that even if it detects your hardware, you may be required to load the correct drivers from a floppy or CD, or download them off the Internet. However, based on my experiences with my old HP DeskJet 600C, ME correctly detected it and installed the correct driver. I've used ME on my old Gateway G6-400 (PII 400, 128 MB SDRAM), and it ran fine. I was able to edit digital video, edit and share my digital photos, as well as enjoy numerous applications including my NES and SNES emulators (although I did have to run Windows Update in order to retrieve the latest version of DirectX).

Like previous versions of Windows, security is a problem. By default NetBIOS is enabled as well as several "phone home" programs (Automatic Updating, automatic codec downloads for WMP, etc.). With the correct tweaks and a working knowledge of computer security, ME is a breeze to secure. Furthermore, it appears that ME is prone to crashing as often as previous versions of Windows. Not to contradict myself, while ME functioned properly 80% of the time on my machine, there were times when it would continually crash upon loading or it would just not load. I have since switched to Linux as my main operating system, but I still use ME for CD-burning and gaming. For those who don't wish to plunk down $200 for XP or bother with Microsoft's privacy-snatching product activiation, ME is a good choice for both novices and experienced users.

5-0 out of 5 stars Geez.
I've read a lot of people's reviews, and seriously, they don't even used it as long as I did. I've been able to use my webcam, microphone, etc. and many other programs with this OS. It's the PERSON who doesn't know how to use it. The difference with Windows ME from Windows XP is that it has better security from hackers and it's also less buggy. Windows XP is an NT-based OS while ME still has it's base from Win95/Win98, which shows that it's still capable of having a really awesome performance. I totally recommend this product.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Luck
It is the worst operating systerm I have ever used. I can't hook my webcam or microphone up. DO NOT buy this product!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Win ME is a DISASTER!!! VERY UNSTABLE O.S.!!!
2 and a half years ago, I purchased a major brand PC that came bundled with Windows ME. I cannot overemphasize how unstable and prone to daily crashes, freezeups, and error messages this lousy operating system is!!! The PC has plenty of muscle, with over 300 MB of RAM (expanded), and a P3, 1 gig processor. Obviously more than enough power for Win ME. To add insult to injury, even the 'control alt delete' function' didn't work in many instances when I needed to get out of a frozen screen! Multiple e-mails and calls to Microsoft were NEVER returned! I realize Gates is in the catbird seat when it comes to operating systems for PC's, BUT you would think that THE major international giant for this kind of software would put more effort in creating and TESTING a major consumer O.S. BEFORE releasing it, and that they would care enough to issue recalls for it, or at least answer any customer service inquiries regarding this dog of a system. My respect for Microsoft has plummeted bigtime after being saddled with an essentially inoperable O.S. that hinders my productivity. What a black eye for Microsoft and a waste of money for consumers. Let's not even get started if you want to count all the aggravation and agita Win ME is responsible for!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars I'm upgrading to XP
"With the cutely named Windows Me (for Millennium Edition), Microsoft raises the bar a bit with a new operating system that you'll certainly want to consider for your next new PC." -Editorial Review

I have ME on my desktop computer and I have so many problems with it, that I rarely use it. I have XP on my laptop computer and find it much easier to use with fewer problems.

I constantly have to restart my ME computer because I get the blue "System Not Responding" screen. I have also had a lot of software trouble with ME. I can't even install AOL 9.0 because ME refuses to run the program.

So, I have to spend the extra money to upgrade to XP on my desktop, but as long as it runs better, I'm not going to complain. I would just like to use the computer after paying as much as I did for it. ... Read more


16. Mac OS X 10.3 Panther Family Pack
list price: $199.99
our price: $179.99
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Asin: B0000E6NKA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 1595
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Super-modern operating system combining the strength of UNIX with the elegance of Macintosh
  • Over 150 new features and significant enhancements to its modern, UNIX-based foundation
  • iChat AV for personal video conferencing in high-quality, full-screen video over the Internet
  • Expose for instant access to any window; displays all open or current-application windows
  • FileVault for keeping your valuable documents safe with powerful AES-128 bit encryption

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best & most secure OS's
This is one of the best & most secure OS's one can buy. Works great! I don't think I can add anything else that the other reviewers have already said.

2-0 out of 5 stars 10.3 now top notch but lousy license
When 10.3 was initially released it had an unduly restrictive Family Pack license and did not handle multiple computers on the same internet connection properly.
The latest update 10.3.2 solves the software problems.
However, the the 10.3 Family Pack and the iLife Family Pack license have exactly the same language -

"as long as those computers are located in the same household and used by persons who occupy that same household".

For those who respect intellectual property and read their licenses carefully, this means that the 10.3 Family Pack cannot be installed on a Powerbook which then is taken outside the same household nor on another Mac located at another of your personal residences. Apple has confirmed that this is the correct interpretation of their license language.

All Apple had to do with both Family Pack licenses is change
"located in the same household and used by" to
"located in the same household OR used by".

Unfortunately the lawyers cannot seem to agree with that simple change so don't waste your money on the Family Pack unless you can comply with the license or choose to ignore it.

5-0 out of 5 stars 10.3 now top notch
When 10.3 was initially released it had an unduly restrictive Family Pack license and did not handle multiple computers on the same internet connection properly.
The latest update 10.3.2 solves the software problems and Apple is rewriting the Family Pack license to allow installation on multiple computers including ones taken out of the primary residence.
With these fixes 10.3 and the Family Pack are a great deal - particularly for people who respect intellectual property rights.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Deal
For a single computer, 129 dollars is a completely reasonable price for Panther, but when you have multiple computers at home like I do, it adds up to a bit more than I care to spend.

However I am also 100% opposed to pirating software.

Thank goodness that Apple has provided this very affordable package licensing option. Now I can legally install Panther on all 4 of our Macs for less than what it would cost to buy the single user license for just 2 computers.

Why doesn't Microsoft offer something like this for Windows?

5-0 out of 5 stars License clarification
Peter F. Carpenter writes: "This means that I cannot install the Panther software on the Macs located in my other two personal residences nor can a take by Powerbook with the Panther software installed on it out of my house."

No, that's not what the license means. The license says "computers are located in the same household", and defines 'household' as " person or persons sharing the same housing unit such as a home".

Household does not mean "house". It refers to a group of cohabitating people, not the physical structure in which they live. I expect "household" would also apply to second homes owned by a family, but would not apply to homes owned by extended family. So your uncle Joe in the next state wouldn't be eligible to participate in the family pack, but your Mac in your vacation home in the next state would.

There is no problem removing a powerbook from your house, unless you are also removing yourself from the household (ie, the family unit). If your wife kicks you to the curb and asks for a divorce, you may need a new license. If you're just going down to Starbucks, or on a business trip, or to work, I expect you're okay. ... Read more


17. Video Professor Starter Pack
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0000EZ1NW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Video Professor
Sales Rank: 605
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Features

  • Learn Windows 98, Me, XP gives you a heads-up with the world's most popular operating system -- quick and easy lessons show you everything you need to know
  • Learn Outlook 2000 & 2002 is designed to show you what Outlook can really do -- it's far more than just an email program and you'll just how much
  • Learn The Internet will have you surfing the Web like a pro -- you'll even set up a stock portfolio online
  • Learn Word 2000 & 2002 shows you the ins and outs of this popular word processor -- manipulate text, check for spelling, use the thesaurus and more
  • In-depth, advanced learning options combined with step-by-step instructions -- you'll work in the actual program as you learn

18. RED HAT SOFTWARE Red Hat Linux 9.0 Pro
list price: $149.95
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Asin: B00008Y1CC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Red Hat Software
Sales Rank: 407
Average Customer Review: 3.38 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Bluecurve interface brings familiar look-and-feel to users of both Gnome and KDE desktop environments
  • Improved menu organization, for convenient access to frequently used tools
  • OpenOffice.org office Software suite
  • Mozilla open source Web Browser
  • Ximian Evolution Email client, contact manager & calendar

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the easiest way is the best way, or vice versa.
For years now, people have been asking me about Linux - how hard is it to learn? When will it be easy enough for a "non-techie" to use? My answer, as of Red Hat 8+ is pretty much - now.

If you use your PC to play on the web, "do" email, and use "Office"-type applications, it's probably easier these days doing so on Linux than on Windows XP. Go read the reviews of XP on this web site! The way they throw around acronyms: NTFS, ASPI, Microsoft "Product Activation" ("Dear Microsoft, is it okay for me to use my computer now?")... Red Hat 9.0 installs with a fairly simple and intuitive wizard. You can (the easiest way) decide to run only Linux on your machine, or, if you have a bit more technical acumen, you can run both Linux and Windows on the same machine (switching between the two by rebooting).

Some people are put off by the command-line interface in Linux (looks like DOS), but honestly, how often do you use DOS on your Windows system? Just like windows, everything can be done by clicking on an icon. Red Hat 9.0 ships with a graphical inteface called "Bluecurve" that looks and works VERY similarly to MS Windows - "Start" button, taskbar, icons on desktop - and puts everything near your fingertips.

Red Hat also comes with Mozilla (a web browser very similar to Netscape), Evolution (an Outlook-like email client and personal scheduling program), OpenOffice.org (a MS Office XP replacement that reads and WRITES your MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Powerpoint documents), and about 1400 other games and applications. Other standouts include GnuCash, the Linux version of Quicken, the Tux Racer game - if you haven't played it yet, there's demos for all operating systems on it's web site - suitable for all ages, and KStars, the desktop planetarium, and did I mention about 1400 other games and applications?

P.S. I'm guessing that with the recent Microsoft Blaster worm (and Slammer, and Nimda, and... ), the points about security risks in using Microsoft products - as opposed to Linux - is well made. *cough*

3-0 out of 5 stars Was good, no longer.
Red Hat was a pioneer. It ruled the Linux world at one point. Not anymore. The company has announced their decision to exit the retail linux market and the end-user linux distribution. They will focus on the server market and the business/corporate clients.

If you want a good Linux for home or office use and you are experienced, get SuSE 9.0 pro instead. If you are a begginer and want to move from the expensive/buggy/intrusive Windows platform to Linux, try LindowsOS 4.0.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not very compatible...
I just couldn't install it... apparently, even though my monitor is brand new, it's just not supported by the installation process. Instead of using this one, I had to turn to Mandrake, which hasn't given me any kind of trouble (I'm actually using it right now).

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware of five star reviews
Total and useless software, plus redhat don't even support this nightmare of bugs.

It is nice to buy software that has NO support. Plus, it does not even work with your hardware. I finally got Windows running again and using the disks of redhat for coasters!

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting reviews.. had to respond
Sure, if you want Windows then why are you looking at this? If you want to try something new and works great then this will replace Windows just fine. It comes with hundreds of dollars in software. You would spend that amount easily on the Windows side of things.

Oh and as far as modems go... I've used it for years with modems, ISDN and now cable modems. Just don't buy junk and you'll be fine.

Finally, RedHat isn't pulling it from the market. Thats the fun half truths we regularly get from Redmond. The product is alive and well. We simply have to read about what they are doing at www.redhat.com. Fedora is the next release of RedHat Linux. Remember that these release versions are stable though they have been pushing people to use the WS or ES versions of RedHat. You want a version like this then it will work just fine. The WS and ES versions however are built from this. (note to self.. learn how to better explain years of business model in only a few lines)

Personally I play games on Windows and work on Linux/Unix.

FYI.. never had a pony tail but I do like my new beard ::grinz:: ... Read more


19. Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Upgrade w/ Encryption Coded Software
list price: $219.00
our price: $189.99
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Asin: B00003JAU9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1155
Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

With its responsive user interface and improved reliability, Windows 2000 Professional is truly the most appealing version yet of Microsoft's operating system. Provided you have the hardware to run it (at least 64 MB of RAM is required), you won't find a better, more serious OS for business computing.

If you are upgrading from previous editions, the Windows 2000 wizards are particularly useful; they'll detect all your software and possible compatibility problems before you make the switch. In testing, our upgrade for a laptop was smooth and sure, and all previously installed software was automatically brought onboard to the new version.

Previously, Microsoft offered only limited support for notebook users within Windows NT 4.0. Windows 2000, however, allows most recent laptops to take advantage of power-management features, plug-and-play standard, plus recent hardware advances, such as the Universal Serial Bus (USB), IrDA for infrared devices, and FireWire. All these improvements mean that Windows 2000 will run on a greater array of systems.

There are some unexpected additions, too. You can also "hibernate" your Windows 2000 notebook to save and restore your work quickly as you go out on the road. In addition, this new OS adds more support for working offline with data saved from the Internet. (The Windows 2000 version of Internet Explorer 5.0 and Active Desktop, which allows you to access Web content from the desktop, are bundled here too.)

Besides support for mobile users, Windows 2000 beefs up reliability and greatly reduces the need to reboot as you update drivers, settings, and the like. Although you can still expect your Linux friends to brag that their favorite OS is even more reliable, the ease of configuration in Windows 2000 and its new-and-improved reliability make for an excellent choice for any serious computer user. Of course, if your business is using Windows 2000 Server on the back end, you will also benefit from easier installation and configuring of software, since these tasks can now be automated by remote administrators.

In all, Windows 2000 is a great-looking operating system, with a slick visual style, a responsive user interface, and plenty of power beneath the hood. For desktop and mobile users, it's a state-of-the-art choice for running today's Windows applications and for getting to the Internet. --Richard Dragan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Windows 2000 > Excellent Business OS
To the user who said, "This OS was released because NT was old and failing..." does not understand Windows or software development, and would rather plug Linux. NT, Win 2000's predecessor, is a solid and reliable OS geared toward the corporate/business user. Win 2000 builds upon NT's strengths while adding user interface enhancements and additional stability. For those who install a lot of software, you'll appreciate Win 2000's built-in protection against rogue apps (or poorly designed apps) that attempt to write over crucial system files. There are a ton of other enhancements in this release, geared toward the mobile user and professional. It's not the OS to run the largest selection of games however, and home users would be better off with Win98 or WinME. All in all, it's an amazing product.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Operating System, But Make Sure You Need It!
Windows 2000 is a definate improvement over NT 4.0, but unless you are using it in a "pure" Windows 2000 environment, you may not get all the features you've heard touted. Despite the increased reliace on Wizards to guide you through the steps, instalation of this OS is definately not for casual users. If you are a heavy computer game player, or have no reason to be dissatisfied with Windows 98, stay with your current operating system. If you are a real business user, or have a home network that involves more than a few shared files, go for it, you won't be dissappointed.

Beware of hardware problems. I've lost the audio drivers on my Dell system at work. For me this is no big deal as the system is used in an open office environment where we have sound cards simply because our systems came with them. We really don't need any audio playback. My home systems, several brands are represented, are all functioning just fine.

Some software can also be a problem. I had to switch from Norton AntiVirus 5.x (NAV 5) to AntiVirus 2000: Microsoft and Symantect both state NAV 5 will not work with Windows 2000... I didn't believe it, but they were right! I highly recommend that you run the Windows 2000 Evaluation Tool, available as a free download from Microsoft, before you attempt any Windows 2000 installation.

One real annoyance is the Windows Protection File (WPF). This is analogous to the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) found on NT 4.0 Ostensibly, the WPF is there to protect your operating system from corruption. It can do the job almost too well. I was unable to use a bootable Windows 98 disk to perform a flash BIOS upgrade after Windows 2000 was installed. Luckily, this upgrade is not essential to the operation of my system, I was just wanting to keep it current. I have not been able to fully research this issue to see if there is a way around it or if this is an isoloated instance.

Again, if you're in business, the features are worth while, especially in a pure Windows 2000 environment. On the other hand, if most of your computer time is used for surfing the Internet or game playing, you'll get more milage from Windows 98.

5-0 out of 5 stars What an improvement ...
Having used Windows 2000 for 6 months at work (upgraded from Windows NT) and at home for about 4 months (upgraded from Windows 98, 1st edition), the first real system crash has not happened yet. No blue screens, no dr Watson messages. The Borland developer tools work perfectly on this OS, and in spite of the numerous programming mistakes I make, I never had to restart! Multitasking works flawlessly, as good as Windows NT, but without the arcane feeling. No comparison with Windows 98. I love the GUI's. I am not a Microsoft fan, but I will recommend this OS to any serious software developer. The best part: most sophisticated games are not compatible with Windows 2000, so I don't have to fight with my kids over the computer that much anymore. Warning: expect to spend some time loading new drivers etc. to get all hardware working again. Most software needs to be reloaded and re-registered as well. I still did not get my scanner to work.

4-0 out of 5 stars A huge improvement.
This is a little late now that 2003 is coming out. However, for people wondering, this is a rock solid OS. Blue Screens of Death are rare now. It is plug and play so installs are easy! Microsoft is well on the road to providing a decent OS. Mind you this is comming from a person who is not a fan of the company.

Now this is not a gaming OS! If you have games that were written for 98, the probably will not work or will work badly! If you program, you can't go wrong! It is a huge improvement over NT.

However, with all things, there are somethings that you have to do! Get the service packs and the hot fixes! Also, there are some extra stuff that gets installed such as the media player. Microsoft hid the uninstaller in the original release. IF you get Service Pack 4, it will correct that..

This is worthwhile just to get rid of BSODs and if you have a laptop running NT, you have to change over! However, XP it probably a better choice!

For games, look into XP!

4-0 out of 5 stars should you upgrade to a higher version?
I've used win95, win98, nt, 2000pro and xp. As much as 2kPro is my prefered windows environment, it is sufficiently old that most users should seriously consider the more recent windows versions instead. ... Read more


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