Quite possibly the best operating system for a computer since Windows 98, this review is going to give you a brief rundown and overview of Microsoft's Windows XP Professional.
There are two ways of installing the software, whether it be by upgrading your ME or 98 or by doing a clean install. I recommend doing an install from scratch, thereby avoiding any hiccups inherited from the old operating system.
XP is capable of booting off the cd so don't be too concerned if you forget to make a boot cd to get you started. You may just need to change your boot sequence in bios to boot off the cdrom first.
Once installed you will see immediately the changes that have been made to your new OS. Your desktop is a brilliantly coloured meadow, apparently conducive to productivity. There are hardly any icons on the screen other than the recycle bin.
Everything has been designed to make things easy for you and indeed it is the case. People have complained unjustly about XP due to difficulties experienced with existing hardware. However in my opinion this is not the fault of XP, rather the lacklustre approach of some manufacturers in developing drivers for their products.
Remember that at impulsegamer we'll just give you the facts based from a user's point of view. If you want technical data, you best check out another site. When connecting to the internet using Windows XP, I noticed that my speed on browsing the web was noticeably quicker and download speeds were also quicker. Windows XP has 128 bit encryption and should provided you with a secure web experience.
Although the new layout will take a short while to adjust to, you will see that XP is designed to make your life both at home and online easier. With the way that XP is coded it is suitable for both home and the networked office environment, though XP Professional should really be used in the workplace for the added benefits you will get from it's networking ability.
Everything has had quite a bit of an overhaul including Windows Media Player 8. The whole layout is a lot more intuitive and the cool thing about it is that when you place new media into the machine, XP will scan it's contents to try and find the most suitable program to run it. If there is more than one media on the cd, XP will provide you with a list of programs to choose from.
Windows Explorer is easy and effective to use with symbols clearly displaying the contents of a folder. For example, a folder filled with mp3 music files will have a icon of a musical note in it, so at a glance, even without having to check the files, you know that it's a music folder.