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When did you first get XP and Why?

by NewOrderrr / August 14, 2006 10:20 AM PDT

My first XP machine had an OEM cd and was built at a comp show in spring 2003. (Athlon 1800+, 256mb DRAM) I got XP because it was already out for a while and friends said it was worth the upgrade with if I had more RAM. I had Win ME at work.

My previous machine to that had 98SE preinstalled and I didn't want to drop cash into it to boost performance to use XP reliably. (IBM Aptiva, AMD K6/475, 128mb SDRAM)

I worked hard to get it to look like the 'classic' interface. (double click icons, 'old' start menu, using the folder tree in explorer, etc.)

Favorite aspect of XP vs. 98? Not having to partition large hard drives, having a 'folder' button on the explorer toolbar, and having search open in explorer instead of as a 'popup'.

Comments can be a good guage of adpotion of Vista.

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by mattmoris / August 14, 2006 10:39 AM PDT

I first got XP in late 2001. I actually got it off of my friends Dell lol. At the time, OEM licenses would work on more than one computer so both him and I were able to activate. I'm still using the same copy today and it passes Windows Genuine Advantage.

I got it because I heard that it was a lot more reliable than Windows ME, which I had before XP. At first I ran it on 64MB of RAM but when I made a trip to the US, I bought 256MB since it was cheaper there.

Right now, I don't see many advantages to upgrading to Vista so I probably won't do it as well. I don't think Vista will be any more stable than XP and that is most important to me.

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I blame Dell.
by udayan71 / August 14, 2006 10:41 AM PDT

My first XP machine was a Dell Dimension 4700 but the first XP machine that entered the house was a Dell Inspiron 1000.

The Dimension has a 160GB HDD, 512MB RAM, a 2.8GHz Pentium 4 & precious little less.. no sound card, or video card or anything else. Oh, XP Home.

That old Inspiron had a 40GB HDD, 256MB RAM, a 1.4 GHz Celeron processor & not much more. Sadly, that machine is dead. It had Windows XP Home.

Finally, this may be useful; I didn't ever buy a retail copy of XP. If I ever get another Windows machine it'll be the cheapest, nastiest box and I'll throw Ubuntu onto it at the first boot. Most likely, Windows will be phased out for Mac in my home.

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I agree Senor Ud
by Jonathan.C / August 15, 2006 4:32 AM PDT
In reply to: I blame Dell.

my first run-in with xp came in fall of 2001 when i got my first lappy (Dell Inspiron 8100)...except it came with windows i thought "***^^"...but it wasnt till a friend "gave me" a copy of XP pro 2 weeks later...heh...

then in 2005 i got a hp dv1000 that came with XP home...a simple upgrade with an existing copy of pro was all i needed. Either way i plan to sell it so that i can get a mac

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(NT) (NT) good to see you following Kevin & I :D
by udayan71 / August 15, 2006 4:51 AM PDT
In reply to: I agree Senor Ud
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I blame Cnet forums.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 14, 2006 2:30 PM PDT

How else could I keep my little 'm'?


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When my old Win 98 Gateway finally died
by cardsbb9 / August 14, 2006 3:49 PM PDT

I replaced it with a cheapie E-Machine ($350).

Later I bought the Toshiba Tablet, so the E-Machine became my 'file server'.

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(NT) (NT) When I could not play Diablo on my WIndows For Workgrou
by Dirty Pirate / August 14, 2006 4:27 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) When I replaced my computer (2003)
by harrietj / August 15, 2006 12:15 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) Many moons ago. Leprechaun told me to.
by csliva11 / August 15, 2006 4:37 AM PDT
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Apple forced me to get XP
by SilasC / August 15, 2006 4:37 AM PDT

I had to get XP because I got a third gen iPod for Christmas. Unfortunately, I had to get a Firewire PCI card and have either 2000 or XP. I had ME (I know, I know) at the time, so XP home it was. The $300 gift turned out to be more like $600.

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