Microsoft Windows XP - Professional
Manufacturer: Microsoft Part number: E8500086
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- Reviewed by: Matt Lake
- Reviewed on: 09/04/2001
The good: Streamlined interface; better performance on many systems; easier and more capable networking; integrated CD-R/RW playback and burn features; Remote Assistance tool aids troubleshooting and control of remote PCs.
The bad: You can install XP on only one machine; piddling discounts for additional PC licenses; nags you to sign up for Passport Web account; heavy system requirements.
The bottom line: Windows Professional boasts serious corporate administration tools--it's a trustworthy upgrade from Windows 2000.
almost like home edition
by ernestoambrocio on June 29, 2007
Pros: its ok compared to home edition
Cons: linux is way better
Summary: it isnt worth buyingUpdated
i do like the security tools and is better than home edition
Summary: it isnt worth buyingUpdated
i do like the security tools and is better than home edition
Rock solid as far as stability is concerned
by pentium4forever on June 12, 2007
Pros: Stable and well supported by now
Cons: Product Activation can be a headache if changing particular pc parts
Out of all the operating systems I've used, this one is the tops ... almost.
by LinuxAddict2010 on June 7, 2007
Pros: Very easy to use as compared to 98/ME/NT4; rich selection of software, both free and pay
Cons: Lack of DOS compatibility renders old games useless; product activation makes upgrading multiple computers more expensive
Summary: I, like probably every other computer user out there, was skeptical of Windows XP when it debuted in 2001. After all, my cherished 98 Second Edition was more than adequate, ...
Summary: I, like probably every other computer user out there, was skeptical of Windows XP when it debuted in 2001. After all, my cherished 98 Second Edition was more than adequate, right? I had a DOS prompt at my beckon call (perfect for Red Baron and Virtual Snooker), being on dial-up meant that I was rarely exposed to the ravages of the Internet, and when I was, I had Norton AntiVirus and the Spy Sweeper to keep my computer clean of malware and viruses.
So imagine my surprise when I finally ponied up $300 for a copy of XP Professional for my ever-aging AMD-based Compaq desktop. At a meager 533 MHz I feared XP would be as slow as roofing tar in December. I was quite surprised to learn that the contrary was true. It hardly flew, but it was quite fast for the hardware.
XP features what some have dubbed the "Bozo the Clown Interface"; others call it the "Fisher-Price Interface"; still others (namely Microsoft and the non-sarcastic among us) call it Luna. The bright blue interface has many detractors, but about as many supporters. I rather enjoy the cheery blue interface, as it brings a highlight to my day of cycling throughout WordPerfect, Firefox, Excel 97, and Cygwin. Sometimes I can make myself even forget that I'm using Windows.
Make no mistake: it's not Apple's Mac OS X, with the interface that Steve Jobs himself said he wanted to look "lickable." Nor is it one of the interfaces from Linux, namely the Keramik of KDE or the Clearlooks of GNOME. It's distinctly Microsoft, for good or bad.
In sum, Windows XP has proven itself to be something over its life from 2001 to now. Looking at it through the lens of Mac OS X or Microsoft's own Windows Vista, it may look dated, technically inferior, and even hard to use, but though I'm a Mac and Linux fanatic, Windows is still my operating system of choice when I want to get productive. It's just too bad Microsoft is the company who makes it.
by ssavoy0329 on May 23, 2007
Pros: Fast, Easy Networking, Easy (non Plug & Play) printer support
Cons: It's Windows, meaning it could me laggish
Summary: OS X is still heavily better, but XP Pro is amazing as well. I currently use it as a file server running on a Compaq with 512mb of RAM and ...
Summary: OS X is still heavily better, but XP Pro is amazing as well. I currently use it as a file server running on a Compaq with 512mb of RAM and 60GB HD and AMD 64 Athlon processor. It's pretty fast. It is an excellent networking option. Totally blows away Home Edition. Doesn't nag to set up a passport account. No nagging to install Norton. Runs fast, no major complaints. I would not recommend using it below 384mb. Otherwise, it is fast and fairly secure if you have the right virus protection. I currently use Avast Antivirus and Spyware Terminator to keep it safe, no viruses yet. XP Pro is great!
better than home edition
by majster_klepka on October 17, 2006
Pros: networking, stability, power safety options
Cons: price, license rules, etc...
Not the greatest operating system on Earth...
by iPod_Killer on September 9, 2006
Pros: Is there any pros in XP Pro ?
Cons: Bad security features and many more !!!
Summary: First of all, I only got a copy of Windows because it's the most open operating system. It supports everything... This OS is not that great. Of course it'...
Summary: First of all, I only got a copy of Windows because it's the most open operating system. It supports everything... This OS is not that great. Of course it's a bit faster than the other versions of Windows and the interface is just an improved version of Windows 2000. There is not so much new features and the WIndows Update thing is so annoying !!! And those updates I don't think that they REALLY work. At least we can turn it off. One of the major problems of XP Pro is that security is really bad: Internet Explorer is really bad. Spyware, Viruses and Hackers can go onto your computer without problems. Of course I switched to Firefox. The security apps are not included in XP and that sucks. Overall, I hope Vista is gonna MUCH better because XP is going behing than the other OS.
Exceptionally poor - choose Linux instead
by lord_sephiroth222 on May 21, 2006
Pros: Some updated features over older versions
Cons: Inefficient, crashes frequently, horrendously overpriced
Summary: I've never met anyone who has used a Linux distribution and thinks Windows is a better OS. XP is very inefficient with the hardware it has access to, and ...
Summary: I've never met anyone who has used a Linux distribution and thinks Windows is a better OS. XP is very inefficient with the hardware it has access to, and Luna is laggy on all but very fast machines. The new "friendly" wizards added to XP make it very difficult and frustrating to find what you actually want. Windows is still the worst OS on the market, and still the most expensive.
great but alot of people do not need it
by compgeek7889 on November 2, 2005
Pros: optimized for working in a domain, great user interface, is not running on dos lol
Cons: Slight bugs
Summary: This OS just like XP home is great, but if the computer is by itself or you have a home network w/o a server class OS it is not ...
Summary: This OS just like XP home is great, but if the computer is by itself or you have a home network w/o a server class OS it is not needed, thought you can do remote desktop connection on it.
XP Pro Is Way Better Than XP Home Edition
by nihalfdo on August 21, 2005
Pros: Very Stable and Reliable. Better Than Home Edition.
Cons: On The NT Kernel, Does not Run DOS Programs. Also I hate the WPA Activation.
Summary: I used XP Home before and I didn't see a difference between XP Home and Pro, until i saw the specifications. Windows XP Professional is way better. Get Professional. ...
Summary: I used XP Home before and I didn't see a difference between XP Home and Pro, until i saw the specifications. Windows XP Professional is way better. Get Professional. It's worth the extra 100 dollars.
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One of the Worst Operating Systems Ever
by fexida on August 8, 2005
Pros: Better Graphics Than Older Windows OS, Remote Desktop is useful feature
Cons: tons of bugs, very unstable, expensive, comes with poor software
Summary: Ever since I got Windows XP Pro, I've been experiencing problems. First of all, start up was pretty slow. Then I get a message telling me to send an ...
Summary: Ever since I got Windows XP Pro, I've been experiencing problems. First of all, start up was pretty slow. Then I get a message telling me to send an error message after installation. After a while, I could not access my USB Flash Drive. Every time I try to access the Flash Drive through My Computer, the program just stops responding. Then comes an End Program box and then Error Reporting. Many simple programs such as Microsoft Word stopped responding. This was probably the worst waste of a few hundred bucks.
- Manufacturer: Microsoft
- Part number: E8500086
- Description: Microsoft Windows XP Professional is the next version of the Windows operating system, which is designed for businesses of all sizes, and for individuals who demand the most from their computing experience. Windows XP Professional goes beyond the benefits of Windows XP Home Edition with advanced capabilities designed specifically to optimize productivity using the latest advancements in the digital world. Built on the solid foundation of Windows 2000, Windows XP Professional provides improved reliability, security, performance and ease of use, setting the new standard in efficient and dependable computing.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
- Language(s) English
- License pricing Standard
- Localization English
- License Type Complete package
- License Qty 1 user
- License Pricing Standard
- Media CD-ROM
- Package Type Retail
- Min Processor Type Intel Pentium - 233 MHz
- Min RAM Size 64 MB
- Min Hard Drive Space 1.5 GB
- Peripheral / Interface Devices SVGA monitor,
Mouse or compatible device,