# PC World.Top.Windows.XP

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## PC World.Top.Windows.XP

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“Should I get it?” That’s what everyone wants to know about Windows XP. We won’t keep you in suspense: For most Windows 98 andWindows Me users whose systems can handle it, the answer is yes.

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2. C OV E R S T O RY Easier than Windows 2000 and less crash-prone than Win Me, XP is Microsoft’s biggest OS upgrade in years—and its most controversial. We tested it in the field and in the lab to see what works, what doesn’t, and if you should make the leap. BY SCOTT SPANBAUER Windows XP 92 W W W. P C W O R L D.C O M Inside&Out NOVEMBER 2001 I L L U S T R AT I O N S B Y A D A M M c C A U L E Y
3. C OV E R S T O RY “Should I get it?” REPORT CARD I N S TA L L AT I O N That’s what everyone wants to We also found that some set- cheaper Home Edition upgrade. know about Windows XP. We XP’s Hits and Misses What to Expect: tings—in particular, the video If you still use Windows 95, refresh rates and network con- you’ll have to wipe your hard won’t keep you in suspense: For HITS Stability: Yes, a Windows PC MISSES Windows Product Activation: The Upgrade XPerience nections—needed a little tweak- drive clean and install the full ing after we upgraded our sys- version of either Home Edition most Windows 98 and Windows (other than a Win 2000 box) Not too bad, but this anti- THINKING ABOUT upgrading Pitstop). In addition, you can tems to Windows XP. ($199) or Professional ($299)— can really run crash-free for piracy scheme may still incon- Me users whose systems can to Windows XP? Here’s what visit www.microsoft.com/hcl to assuming your computer can days, even weeks. venience law-abiding users. NOT JUST IF, BUT HOW you’ll need, and what to expect. search Microsoft’s own hard- run Windows XP at all. Expect handle it, the answer is yes. Remote Desktop (requires An uninvited dog: If you Windows XP requires more ware compatibility listings. BEFORE YOU upgrade, you to spend at least an hour up- Windows XP Professional): Take hated Office’s talking paper Due to ship October 25 (bar- memory, processor might, and For a more thorough analy- must also decide which version grading, and be prepared to control of your desktop com- clip, you’ll be apoplectic over hard disk space than any previ- sis, use Microsoft’s Windows of Windows XP you need. At answer the occasional configu- ring unlikely last-minute court puter from the road. the cutesy canine “helper” in ous Windows version (see “Vital XP Upgrade Advisor, which will $99, the Windows XP Home ration question. Remote Assistance: Connect Windows XP’s search utility. orders stemming from the still-pending antitrust Upgrade Statistics,” page 94). be available on the installation Edition upgrade is the least If your current OS qualifies to an XP-equipped computer, System tray balloon text: But even if your PC meets Mi- CD-ROM, as a free 35MB down- expensive option, but don’t let for an upgrade, you can use the wrangling), Windows XP could be the most stable ver- troubleshoot it, and even re- Though it eventually goes crosoft’s recommendations, the the name fool you: Home Edi- upgrade versions to perform boot it if necessary. away, the intermittent prod- sion of Windows yet: It’s at least as stable as Windows company doesn’t recommend tion has 98 percent what XP calls a new installation User Accounts: Keep your ding to create a .Net Passport the XP upgrade for computers of the business- (a clean install), which lets you 2000, Microsoft claims. It’s also the most feature- apps running and your data account is very irritating. more than about two years old, oriented fea- put XP on a bare hard drive, or secure while others log on. No Java Virtual Machine: The laden. Thank its dual bloodlines for that happy com- because it has given up trying tures you can place it on a separate Windows Messenger: This first time you encounter a to make Windows compatible partition so you can boot up bination: From Windows NT and 2000, it inherits a open-standards–based utility Java-based Web site, Micro- with older hardware and either XP or your current Win- could become the instant soft’s Java interpreter is a secure, stable core. From Windows 9x and Me, it BIOSs. Several PC World edi- dows version. A new installa- messaging, voice, videocon- lengthy download away. tors upgraded older systems, tion is likely to generate fewer inherits compatibility with hardware and software, as ferencing, and application- Windows Movie Maker: Still but the odds are against a compatibility problems, but it sharing tool of choice for real- missing commonly used video well as tools for working with digital images, video, trouble-free installation, ac- also requires reinstalling all time online connections. output options. cording to Microsoft. your applications and configu- and audio. And in either of its two flavors—Home ration settings. Installing Office Edition or Professional—it’s a great match for the lat- who installed both prerelease and final shipping versions of Win- CHECK YOUR APPS XP on a dual-boot machine will dows XP, most reported only minor incompatibilities. EVEN IF YOUR system’s hard- also trigger the suite’s product est PCs with their fast processors, capacious hard Most, but not all. As with any upgrade, you might run into a ware passes muster, your appli- activation feature: You’ll have drives, and speedy CD burners. problem with a key application or peripheral that renders the cations and peripherals may found in to get an additional confirma- upgrade undesirable. We won’t know the complete story on com- not. PC World editors who test- Professional. tion number from Microsoft. For users who upgrade, initial reports are mostly patibility until millions have tried XP, and until software and ed XP found problems with var- If your business You may find dual-booting positive. Microsoft has improved the installation expe- hardware vendors have had a few months to roll out updates. ious applications and devices, uses Windows NT or worthwhile, though, not just to Once beyond the upgrade process, people liked the way Win- including Apple’s QuickTime, load from 2000 server domains to reduce compatibility hassles, rience greatly from Windows 2000’s incompatibility dows XP booted up swiftly. Only a few who upgraded old Norton AntiVirus 2001, Win- Microsoft’s Windows XP Web manage network resources and but to gauge performance, and nightmare. Of the PC World editors and associates machines at or below Microsoft’s minimum requirements DVD, Roxio’s Easy CD Creator site (see find.pcworld.com/ user accounts, however, you’ll to run applications or games noticed even a small slowdown in perfor- 4.0, an Epson Perfection 636U 14081), or on a CD-ROM that need Professional. Similarly, that don’t play well with XP. PRODUCT BASICS mance (see “XP Performance: Satisfacto- scanner, and a Rio 500 MP3 will be free in stores. you’ll need Professional if you If it turns out that Windows ry, Not Stellar,” page 100). player. (Fixes and updated dri- Don’t take the Upgrade Advi- have a multiprocessor PC, if XP isn’t for you, you can unin- VITAL UPGRADE STATISTICS And everyone was favorably impressed vers may be available by the sor’s warnings as gospel, how- you want Windows to encrypt stall it by using Control Panel’s Estimated retail price by the new OS’s reliability. If you’re com- time XP launches.) ever. PC World staffers report the files on your hard disk, or if Add or Remove Programs ap- OPERATING SYSTEM Star rating Upgrade eligibility Full version Upgrade ing from the crash-prone 9x/Me camp, One of the quickest ways to that a few applications and you want to use the OS’s new plet (unless you upgraded from this is the single best reason to upgrade. tell whether your computer’s peripherals flagged as incom- Remote Desktop feature. Windows NT or 2000, or chose Windows XP Home Edition 11113$199 $99 Windows 98, 98 SE, Me Based on the same core operating system setup will work with XP is to patible—including a SanDisk But while Windows 98, Me, to convert the hard disk parti- as Windows 2000 and NT, both versions take PCWorld.com’s Web-based CompactFlash reader and a NT 4.0, and 2000 users can all tion from FAT32 to NTFS). And Windows 98, 98 SE, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, XP Windows XP Professional 11113$299 $199 of this new OS pay much closer attention Windows XP Readiness test at version of Zone Labs’ Zone- use the$199 XP Professional if XP suits you just fine, you Home Edition to how applications, drivers, and Win- www.pcworld.com/xpready (the Alarm firewall—worked just fine upgrade, only Windows 98 and can regain disk space by delet- Minimum system requirements: 233-MHz CPU, 64MB of RAM (not shared with integrated graphics), 1.5GB of free disk space. dows itself use your system’s memory, test was coproduced with PC after the upgrade. Windows Me users can use the ing the uninstall data. Recommended system requirements: 300-MHz CPU, 128MB of RAM, 2GB of free disk space. normally preventing one bit of code 94 W W W. P C W O R L D.C O M NOVEMBER 2001 NOVEMBER 2001 W W W. P C W O R L D.C O M 95