I received my replies from AOL... about whether AOL 9 optimized is ok to load with Windows XP in future... even if the AOL 9 Optimized is 'retired'...and where to pick up the NEWEST AOL 9VR Vista Ready cd disks:
I understand you want to know if you can still install the software using the AOL 9.0 Optimized CD.
Thank you for making us aware of your concern. I want to assure you that I am here to help and give the information that you need.
You will still be able to install the software using the AOL 9.0 Optimized CD. However, you may still receive the AOL 9.0 VR update pop-up.
The update pop-up is designed for you to automatically download the latest AOL software available, AOL 9.0 VR, which has improved features and performance, but still has the familiar AOL interface and experience. The way you read and send mail, IM friends, and access the Internet is still the same.
While you are online, AOL will deliver this update in the background. Your connectivity and experience will not be affected. The delivery may take some time depending on your Internet connection speed and usage. AOL will notify you once the software has been downloaded to your computer and is ready for installation.
After your computer downloads a series of updates, follow the additional prompts for you to download and install the new AOL 9.0 VR software.
I understand you would like us to send you a copy of the AOL CD.
I apologize but AOL has stopped shipping software CDs.
However, you can still obtain an AOL CD from the following partner retailers: Best
Buy, CompUSA, and Wal-Mart. Please call ahead and ask if they have an AOL CD available.
Currently our most recent version of the software is AOL 9.0 Vista Ready (VR). This version will work on any system with the following basic system requirements:
-Windows Vista, XP, 2K, Me or 98SE
-Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
-166 MHz Pentium-class processor or higher, 32MB RAM (64MB recommended)
-28.8 Kbps or faster modem or other means of Internet connection
Here are the specific locations for the AOL 9.0VR CDs in retail store displays:
- Customer Service Area, Entrances and Exits, floor displays, countertop displays, Best Buy card center in the front of the store, Geek Squad Window, Checkout lanes
- Entrances and Exits, Computer Area, Checkout Lanes
- Checkout Lanes, Electronic Department, Stationary Dept, Grocery Area
Note: We suggest you call ahead to make sure that the store has the CD ROM available. If you are not able to locate the CD anywhere in the store, please contact the store personnel for further assistance.
Furthermore, if you currently have an existing Internet connection, you can take advantage of downloading the latest AOL software online through one of the following
AOL Keywords: AOL 9.0VR, AOL Software or Upgrade.
On the Internet, you may visit one of the following sites: