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Old 08-31-02, 01:47 PM   #13
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I bought Windows XP Pro brand new and unopened from CSUSB for $11. They alway sell new software for really cheap prices. I guess they can do that since they are a university and get stuff for pennies on the dollar.

Oh yeah, I bought a new hard drive and I didn't need a previous version to install. I just set the computer to boot from the CD drive, and I put the Windows XP pro cd in the drive and it just booted off the CD and did a full install. No upgrade here.
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Old 09-05-02, 10:07 PM   #14
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oh yeah, it's upgrade, isn't it.

You pop in a Win98/ME/2000/whatever CD, and it goes "Mkay. Put XP back in, foo'."
ok, i figured that it was something like that, but i could never get a straight answer from any of my friends, thanks.
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Old 09-07-02, 06:18 PM   #15
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The difference between an OEM XP Pro and retail are this:

OEM version will clean install only. No upgrade option.
No MS support, you're on your own if you have any problems.
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Old 09-16-02, 12:05 PM   #16
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As far as bloat and all, what exactly are you saying? Is it slower?
I have been told by someone who was there (at M$) that the driver model in xp is commonly 3% to 10% faster than the one in 2k, by design. Plus it is compatible with more games/apps.
I set my xp installs up to look just like 2k/me, and even if I did not, you really do not use up "resources" when using it at the default cartoon desktop. To me, 2k is best for slow rigs that do no gaming, say like a p2 450 that you want to run as a server or somesuch. Nice and stable, and pretty secure. But even in such cases, xp pro has more default niceties (than 2k and xp home) and a native firewall (that home has as well) that is tough to get past.

No, I am not a M$ slave, I like Redmond/Lycoris Linux better, it just does not play the games..... yet...
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Yeah the built in firewall does work. I have had instances with AOL Instant Messinger where I had to disconnect the firewall to be able to send and receive files.

Same thing with WinMX. No one could download MP3s from me until I would disable it.
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