- Professional Version
All depends on the user... 08/15/2006
This review is from: Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2
XP Pro is a nice OS in my opinion and I have not had any real problems with it.
There a a huge number of ways you can tweak it for performance to get it running really nicely (if you know how to).
Good OS for general and advanced users.
OEM version is nice and cheap.
It's no secret that it has security flaws...I lowered my rating to 4 just for that.
As long as you take care of your computer XP will run fine.
Yes, it is Microsoft's responsibility to take care of their customers but people need to get educated about spyware and malware threats. Just because it has some security problems doesn't mean that it is entirely Microsoft's fault that people have problems with it.
I have an old Western Digital hard drive that came with a Sony VAIO I got about 4 or 5 years ago (this was before I started building my own machines) and I have reformatted it numerous times with XP. Both the hard drive and XP performed fine each time and are running smoothly to this day.
Also, if you do get a new mobo and/or reformat all you need to do is call Windows to activate your same copy on your new hardware and they will be happy to oblige. I've never had problems with it. In fact, I just finished a new Opty build and was able to activate my copy over the internet.
If you need a real workhorse then you should be running Linux.
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