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    Hi all, I am not overly familiar with operating systems for pc's. They have always been installed on my pc's so I have never really been bothered by them.

    A friend is currently running ME and is having problems, I have explained that amongst other things she may benefit from upgrading to XP or Vista.

    She doesn't use the pc for much other than surfing etc, the pc is about 5 years old and so will probably become obselete in the next 2-5 years anyway.

    For this reason I thought XP would be the cheaper option as support for it should be around for another couple of years.

    My questions are therefore if choosing XP which pack would be the most suited and where is the best place/cheapest to purchase it from?

    All advice and help most gratefully received.

    Cheers,

    Greg.

    18 Comments

    The best one to go for would be Windows XP Home, and you'd get a genuine OEM copy on Ebay with Product Key for about £55. If all she does is surf, there's no need for anything other than that.

    Yeah Xp would be the best option and the best price.

    What are the specs of her machine? Make sure they are up to the minimum spec for XP otherwise it will be a waste of money lol

    I think the minimum spec says 128MB RAM but i would advise 512MB personally!

    PS If she is currently having problems with ME you might want to try to format the machine as this usually fixes most problems and might save her the cost and hassle of upgrading seeing as its only used for browsing the web!

    biff

    Yeah Xp would be the best option and the best price.What are the specs of … Yeah Xp would be the best option and the best price.What are the specs of her machine? Make sure they are up to the minimum spec for XP otherwise it will be a waste of money lol I think the minimum spec says 128MB RAM but i would advise 512MB personally!PS If she is currently having problems with ME you might want to try to format the machine as this usually fixes most problems and might save her the cost and hassle of upgrading seeing as its only used for browsing the web!


    This especially is a good point, if it's worked fine before but is now just running slower it could be just because it's clogged up - a format and a clean install of ME might just do the trick :thumbsup:

    honestly 5 year old.4 words BUY A NEW PC.dont mess with upgrading just get a new base unit with xp for about 120 quid on any dsg site.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the quick replies, one of the main reasons for wanting to upgrade is the ever diminishing anti virus support for ME. She was on EZ (don't ask) which has apparently been replace but the Norton that was recommended does not support ME, or so she has been told.

    I do not know what RAM she currently has and no idea if she has any software to enable her to format anyway

    ok never go near norton with someone else barge pole.avg is free and updated everyday and is way more secure.

    betelgeus

    honestly 5 year old.4 words BUY A NEW PC.dont mess with upgrading just … honestly 5 year old.4 words BUY A NEW PC.dont mess with upgrading just get a new base unit with xp for about 120 quid on any dsg site.



    If all it is being used for is surfing, why even spend £120 if a format and clean install and then AVG works?

    Original Poster

    Ok, assuming she has the right software to be able to format and clean install.

    If her current anti virus is obselete with ME, can anyone recommend a ME friendly anti virus pack.

    hmm clean format reinstall update motherboard drivers sound drivers internet drivers graphic drivers all microsoft (if any with me) updates install antivirus antispyware browser software etc etc.2 days work and still have problems.depends on your opinion of what 120 is worth.and ps she dosent have xp so thats 45 quid to start.

    p.s. to be honest i was responding to your post gaz,to buy windows and probably an extra 512mb ram is about 80 quid,and if she isnt sure about reinstalling just get a new baseunit far simpler and not a lot of money.

    betelgeus

    hmm clean format reinstall update motherboard drivers sound drivers … hmm clean format reinstall update motherboard drivers sound drivers internet drivers graphic drivers all microsoft (if any with me) updates install antivirus antispyware browser software etc etc.2 days work and still have problems.depends on your opinion of what 120 is worth.and ps she dosent have xp so thats 45 quid to start.



    As opposed to spending £120 on a new box and waiting a few days on it arriving?

    I think you've missed something? The suggestion is that she tries again with ME, which she may already have an OS disc for, therefore wouldn't have to spend £45 on XP.

    And reinstalling a few drivers is NOT 2 days work - that's a dreadful exaggeration. Most drivers are installed within 5 minutes, so you're looking at an hour tops reinstalling drivers in ME.

    I'd recommend AVG, it supported ME when I had it and I believe it still does. And it's free!

    Original Poster

    Thanks guys, I didn't want to turn this into a flaming post so we will leave it there.

    I will see if she has her ME discs, if she does then Gaz I think I will go your way as it seems the easiest, quickest and cheapest.

    If she hasn't then I will give her the options and let her decide .....at which point I'll come back.

    Thanks for the help....guess there is never a 100% answer just good advice to be acted upon.

    p.s Gaz where is the best place for free AVG?

    its not flaming its called an educated debate.avg free is best found on the avg free site ,just type avg free into google.

    betelgeus

    its not flaming its called an educated debate.avg free is best found on … its not flaming its called an educated debate.avg free is best found on the avg free site ,just type avg free into google.



    I really don't think trying to say that reinstalling an OS and a few drivers is a 2-day-job is an "educated debate" ;-)

    greg_68

    where is the best place for free AVG?



    You can download Free AVG AntiVirus here

    You'll also need a firewall, so I suggest downloading the free version of ZoneAlarm from here
    Click on "I only want basic ZoneAlarm protection" for the free version

    hmm...
    if the computer is onli used for surfing, linux is quite a good choice too
    just install it, and use firefox
    and also it's free
    most distribution dun need high performance computer to use it efficiently
    however linux those need some learning and getting used to
    try googling for the easiest to use distribution

    If ALL she does is web surfing, have you considered a Linux operating system? Ubuntu (ubuntu.com/) is free and will do everything she needs. The new version is aimed to compete with Vista.

    Might be worth a try. If it's considered useless then you haven't lost any money.

    Edit: That was written without reading the above post, honest.

    Couldn't agree more with the Linux suggestions above. Both my seven and four year old children have Ubuntu installed on there PC's and love it. Quite a liberating feeling not having to give Mr Gates another few quid for his retirement fund :-D

    I completely agree with the Linux/Ubuntu suggestions. It's MUCH more secure than any version of Windows, and if it's just going to be used for surfing then it's a breeze to use too.

    However depending on the spec of the system you may need the cut down ]xubuntu version. At 5 years old it should be ok with the regular version though, if it was a decent spec when new.
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