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Do I need a New System.......

Hi All.... I am a 72 year old Granny with some computer savvy but need some help and advice as to whether I should Upgrade my present system or buy a new one. Money is a factor so cheap is the key word.

My set up is now just over 6 years old and this is some info on it from my Belarc program.

Operating System
Windows 98 (build 4.10.199Cool


350 megahertz Intel Pentium II
32 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache

8.43 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
3.65 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

Generic floppy disk drive (3.5'')

Generic IDE hard disk drive (8.43 GB) --

I know I need to update from W98 as I am finding certain programs don't work with it.

Should I buy WXP Home or PRO and install on my present system or do I need to buy the whole kit and kaboodle. I know 350 megs is not much these days. My monitor, mouse and keyboard are all fairly new and really don't need to be replaced. I would however, like a CD Burner

I believe most new systems now come with WXP already installed. Is this a good thing. How would one reformat without the disc ?

All advice and opinions accepted gratefully


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you might want to buy new

In reply to: Do I need a New System.......

i would suggest an emachine. BUT you CAN upgrade your OS, i would say xp home because xp pro is meant mostly for business.

all you do is buy an xp home cd and put it in your disk drive.

is the deal about new computers coming out with xp home and pro bad? NO lol it is not, your just a little outdated.

if you want to install a cd burner, either you can do it yourself or have someone do it for you.

your pc does meet all the xp requirements though.

overall, maybe just buy new


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DON'T buy new...

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Buy a refurbished unit, or even just a second hand unit.

You can get something that's a few years out of date, but still a significant step up from what you've got, and it'll cost considerably less.

Poke around a few places on the Internet, see if you can't find something in the range of a 1GHz Pentium 3 with around 512MB of RAM. That should be able to run XP pretty comfortably, and at the same time, save you quite a bit of money.

Ebay is one such place where you can often find an abundance of these things. If you've got some sort of college near by, many of them will sell old systems when they're replaced with new ones. There are also some places that deal in second hand systems, be they refurbished or just used.

As for what version of XP to get... May as well get Home and save a little additional money. I doubt very much that you're going to need any of the features only in Pro.

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It's really time for a new(er) machine. If you can afford $350 - $400 you can get a very nice machine. You didn't state how much main memory you have, but I suspect it won't be enough for XPPro and barely enough for XPHome. The new machine will typically have 512mb main memory, 60 - 80gb harddrive; DVD/CD writer; Pentium Celeron or P4 processor up to 2.6ghz a plethora of USB/Firewire ports. But it might not have a 1.44 floppy drive. Floppies are going by way of horse-drawn buggies <grin>. Buying new will also save you the frustration of finding peripherals that work and possibly the need for a new power supply. Your's is probably in the sub-300w catagory.

IMO you will be happier with new. You will sit in front of you machine gawking at the speed. You will be mesmerized by the graphics. You will dream of being up there with the big guys. You will....

And life goes on...


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A new machine is probably a better choice

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I've seen several friends buy and Win Xp upgrade
disk only to find out some of the peripheral items on their system (like video and audio cards) not
supported by the new OS. Then they had go
out and spend more money on those items.

For people who don't want to bother with technical
issues, it's probably better to get a newer
budget machine with Win XP already on it.

If you don't want to go that route, Microsoft sas
a nifty little program at its support Web Pages
that checks if you have any unsupported hardware
or or software before you make the investiment.


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Buy new

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Get a new one. also, if you have an aging monitor, get a new 17" flat panel. Believe me, you will love how fantastic the display will look. If you want XP, you will need at least 1.5 GHz, and 512 MB DDR2 RAM for it to run fast enough for anything. I think that an AMD Athlon 64 2400+ is the best you'll need for now and maybe later. 64 bit is right around the corner

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New It Is

In reply to: Buy new

Well, many thanks to all who replied. Seems I should go for a new machine and yes I think I will treat myself to a new flat panel monitor.

So off out to do some shopping.

Any recommendations as to where I should buy for best price here in Ontario, Canada.


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