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My Experience And Wish List With Windows XP

Nov 3, 2003 (Updated Nov 24, 2003)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Very stable, hasn't crashed yet, very user-friendly, many wizards built in.

Cons:Minor, security patches, limited customization.

The Bottom Line: The definitive choice in operating systems for home users.


Installation:
The Windows XP Activation feature is good, but I wish the numbers and letters could be entered automatically when you install Windows.

Ease of Use:
Windows XP is very easy to use and user-friendly. I love the new start menu and that Microsoft got rid of the "Recent Documents" under the "My Documents" start menu button on my old Windows Millenium Edition. I like the new "connect to" menu, too, very simple to connect. Everything I need is one click away using the new start menu, no need for icons cluttering up your desktop anymore. My programs I use most often are also under the start menu, very nice improvement over old start menu. I don't need "Hibernation" so I turned it off because it was taking up 254 MB of space that I didn't even need to be using. I wish hibernation was marked as off on default, it would save alot of people some hard drive space they didn't even know they were taking up.

Customization or Preferences:
Wish I could have more color schemes with the Windows XP style, only three. The classic Windows has many scheme choices. There isn't much choice when it comes to screensavers too. All the screesavers except fot the "My Pictuers" and "Windows XP" screensavers are from previous versions. I do like the "My Pictures" screensaver, you can put any of your pictures as your screensaver by putting them in the "My Pictures" folder.

Security:
The security of my Windows XP is excellent. The Windows Internet Connection Firewall is a great security feature for users that can't afford to buy a third-party firewall. Wish it was turned on by default though. I don't know why Microsoft has to come out with all these security patches so often. My system works fine and I haven't used a security patch yet.

Performance:
The performance with Windows XP has been much better than my old Windows ME in my case. I don't know how Microsft does it, but great job.

Overall:
Windows XP is should be the only operating system for home users. I don't know why so many people say Mac is better. Macs have thier own problems too. Windows XP Home Edition is by far, the best choice for operating systems for home users.


Recommend this product? Yes


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