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Which operating system should I use?

by Oskare100 / November 18, 2005 6:00 PM PST

Hello,
I've a computer with:
Celeron 500mhz
128mb ram
10GB HDD

The computer is now runnign windows ME but it's not working well, the computer is very slow and kraches from time to time. I've reintsalled the operating system but it didn't help.

Should I use Win XP or is that operating system to mutch for the computer? If, Which operating system should I use?

Best Regards
Oskar R

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Not Presently
by thought_stazi / November 18, 2005 7:56 PM PST

If you want to run XP, you'll want a MINIMUM of 512MB of RAM. I have used an XP system with only 128MB of RAM, and it's not pretty, and that would be made only worse by having an older Celeron.

If the system is crashing a lot, odds are it has something to do with shoddy hardware of some of the programs you're running. Windows doesn't handle either as gracefully as it should.

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I'd put the price of XP
by glb613 / November 18, 2005 8:37 PM PST

towards a new computer. By the time you upgrade the computer you own to make it compatible with XP, you could buy a new one. You don't have a big enough hard drive or enough memory. A celeron processor at 500 mhz is also questionable.


The other option is to format and install Windows 98 if you have a legal copy.

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I agree...
by effedup / November 18, 2005 10:41 PM PST

I would try and downgrade to Windows 98 S.E., I had an older Compaq that had M.E. installed and it was the biggest P.O.S. OS I have ever used. However, when I removed it and installed 98 on there, it ran fine.

Don't even attempt XP, you don't have near what you should for hardware to run it effectively...and waiting 10 minutes for the computer to boot up sucks...

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Windows ME
by William Hampton / November 21, 2005 4:07 PM PST

I had Windows ME on my last computer and had numerous problems with it. Had to call Microsoft twice to solve crash problems. Windows ME is not recommended by computer experts. As soon as you can, upgrade to Windows XP. I think you will a great improvement in operation. I updated to it and I am pleased. Be careful on how many programs you put on the computer, many of them run behind the scene and slow down any operating system. Check your computer performance by pressing the Control, Alt & Delete keys and then click on the Performance tab. I have 522 megabyes RAM total with 166 megabytes availible. That really slows me down. Haven't figured out to make more memory availible.

Bill Hampton

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