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    I was given a Sony Laptop yesterday which is running on Windows 2000, so I would like to upgrade to XP. The RAM will only upgrade to 516. Is there anywhere I can purchase XP to upgrade this laptop? I don't want to buy from eBay for obvious reasons, as I might get one that needs reactivating. What I am looking for is a completely unused/unregistered copy of XP that will upgrade Windows 2000.

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    there are numerous places you can buy OEM copies of XP. legally you can only buy this with certain types of hardware. believe it or not a mouse is one of those pieces of hardware dabs, scan, ebuyer will all sell xp

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    Is it worth the expense really. XP isnt much difference from win2000 is it?

    csiman;2571607

    Is it worth the expense really. XP isnt much difference from win2000 is … Is it worth the expense really. XP isnt much difference from win2000 is it?



    I would say it is, not really used 2000 but I'm sure xp is far superior.

    csiman;2571607

    Is it worth the expense really. XP isnt much difference from win2000 is … Is it worth the expense really. XP isnt much difference from win2000 is it?



    In terms of codebase, it's more or less the same. XP is basically just an updated version of Win2K. Beyond that though, Win2K is a practically dead, unsupported OS (its last SP was three years ago, and now it only gets critical security updates), with a poorer GUI than XP, and less software support. It was never meant as anything more than a stop-gap, like a business version of WinME.

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    Benjimoron;2571664

    I would say it is, not really used 2000 but I'm sure xp is far superior.


    I have used both and can't say I noticed much difference at all. XP may be a little prettier.

    [SIZE=3]What's the difference between Windows 2000 and Windows XP? [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]Intended For[/SIZE][SIZE=2] http://www.annoyances.org/pictures/check.gifWindows XP
    http://www.annoyances.org/pictures/check.gifWindows 2000[/SIZE] Windows 2000 and Windows XP are essentially the same operating system (known internally as Windows NT 5.0 and Windows NT 5.1, respectively.) Here are some considerations if you're trying to decide which version to use: Windows 2000 benefits
    [LIST]
    [*]Windows 2000 has lower system requirements, and has a simpler interface (no "Styles" to mess with).
    [*]Windows 2000 is slightly ]less expensive, and has no ]product activation.
    [*]Windows 2000 has been out for a while, and most of the common problems and security holes have been uncovered and fixed.
    [*]Third-party software and hardware products that aren't yet XP-compatible may be compatible with Windows 2000; check the manufacturers of your devices and applications for XP support before you upgrade.[/LIST] Windows XP benefits
    [LIST]
    [*]Windows XP is somewhat faster than Windows 2000, assuming you have a fast processor and tons of memory (although it will run fine with a 300Mhz Pentium II and 128MB of RAM).
    [*]The new Windows XP interface is more cheerful and colorful than earlier versions, although the less-cartoony "Classic" interface can still be used if desired.
    [*]Windows XP has more bells and whistles, such as the Windows Movie Maker, built-in CD writer support, the Internet Connection Firewall, and Remote Desktop Connection.
    [*]Windows XP has better support for games and comes with more games than Windows 2000.
    [*]Windows XP is the latest OS - if you don't upgrade now, you'll probably end up migrating to XP eventually anyway, and we mere mortals can only take so many OS upgrades.
    [*]Manufacturers of existing hardware and software products are more likely to add Windows XP compatibility now than Windows 2000 compatibility.[/LIST]

    Yep, go with xp. Far better support, let's face it, probably about 70% of people use xp and about 1% use 2000, I would stick with the one that most people use.

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    dxx;2571777

    In terms of codebase, it's more or less the same. XP is basically just an … In terms of codebase, it's more or less the same. XP is basically just an updated version of Win2K. Beyond that though, Win2K is a practically dead, unsupported OS (its last SP was three years ago, and now it only gets critical security updates), with a poorer GUI than XP, and less software support. It was never meant as anything more than a stop-gap, like a business version of WinME.



    Benjimoron;2571806

    Yep, go with xp. Far better support, let's face it, probably about 70% of … Yep, go with xp. Far better support, let's face it, probably about 70% of people use xp and about 1% use 2000, I would stick with the one that most people use.



    In order:

    - It's not dead, it is still supported by Microsoft unlike Win9x.

    - Stop-gap? You can't be serious, if you are then you really need to do some research. Windows 2000 is easily one of the best Operating Systems that Microsoft churned out, XP has surpassed it now but the initial uptake on XP wasn't great partly due to the success of Win2000. Perhaps you've forgotten that Windows 2000 wasn't intially aimed at home users, it was aimed at business.. it was a Server O/S really, hence the internal name of NT5 and default installation directory of WINNT.

    - Can you say underestimation?

    Windows 2000 and XP are similar but XP was aimed at home users from the word go, Windows 2003 would be considered the successor to Windows 2000 as far as their server family is considered.

    dxx;2571777

    In terms of codebase, it's more or less the same. XP is basically just an … In terms of codebase, it's more or less the same. XP is basically just an updated version of Win2K. Beyond that though, Win2K is a practically dead, unsupported OS (its last SP was three years ago, and now it only gets critical security updates), with a poorer GUI than XP, and less software support. It was never meant as anything more than a stop-gap, like a business version of WinME.



    Windows 2000 is in the extended support phase, MS still provide all security patches but not other components such as IE7, WMP etc. Win2k is not practically dead at all, it's still in widespread use in businesses.

    John

    suwoeifega;2574465

    In order:- It's not dead, it is still supported by Microsoft unlike … In order:- It's not dead, it is still supported by Microsoft unlike Win9x.- Stop-gap? You can't be serious, if you are then you really need to do some research. Windows 2000 is easily one of the best Operating Systems that Microsoft churned out, XP has surpassed it now but the initial uptake on XP wasn't great partly due to the success of Win2000. Perhaps you've forgotten that Windows 2000 wasn't intially aimed at home users, it was aimed at business.. it was a Server O/S really, hence the internal name of NT5 and default installation directory of WINNT.- Can you say underestimation?Windows 2000 and XP are similar but XP was aimed at home users from the word go, Windows 2003 would be considered the successor to Windows 2000 as far as their server family is considered.



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