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Should I make the upgrade from 98 SE to XP Home?

by kippy33 / January 17, 2006 9:29 AM PST

I've got a Pentium III 600mhz, 128 MB, 8.4 GB (7.1 GB Free) computer. I know that it can run XP, but will XP run well on this setup, or will 98 SE run better?

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I wouldn't
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2006 9:32 AM PST

While I did use Windows 2000 on my Acer ter-600 (P3-600) with 256MB your machine has half that memory. XP would not be happy and neither would you.


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That 128 MB memory will really
by Ray Harinec / January 17, 2006 9:33 AM PST

make XP to run extremely slow. Athough XP is "better", with all things equal it is much slower than 98. You will be unhappy unless you add some memory. Try to get to 512 MB.

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I had a feeling that was the case.
by kippy33 / January 17, 2006 9:36 AM PST

Thanks for your opinions!

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Upgrade to XP?
by jbaviera / January 17, 2006 1:00 PM PST

IMHO, Don't do it. I upgraded my whole PC, including the OS to XP Home. Been a pain in my side ever since. At least with Win98SE, I knew where everything was, and th OS did what I told it to do.

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Upgrade to XP?
by dwalmz / January 17, 2006 8:59 PM PST
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I had XP on a P3 machine! It worked fine but........

You need to have at least 512mb ram installed and you definitely need to install a much larger hard drive! You would also benefit by installing a USB 2.0 card. Your PC, in it's current state, would barely run with XP installed.

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not the best idea
by FWPIII / January 18, 2006 12:28 AM PST

I upgraded from WinME to XP Pro on a PIII, 866mhz machine , 30gb free and 256 mb of memory and it ran all right. Having 512mb of ram would be the best improvement you could make to make life easier. The 7gb HD free would probably be all right since you would have plenty of room for a swap file (with such a small amount of memory it would be paging a lot). I keep my machines well tuned and perform regular maintenance as well.
I eventually bought a new machine, 3ghz, 512mb ram, 80gb hard drive because the older machine was getting tired. Your PC sounds even older and sooner or later it's just going to be slow. New machines today are relativly cheap (if you can afford it). i would rather put my money into a new machine instead of trying to upgrade an older model

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