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Windows XP Home Edition: When Good Enough really isn't Good Enough!
Very recently I found a bargain on an apparently new (unused) but very very slightly behind the times computer for a friend who was otherwise going to wait to have me build him a very similar system. When I listed the Features, I happened to mention it include Windows XP Professional.

The advantage of XP Pro is that it doesn't need to be activated and then re approved every time you repair or upgrade your computer. XP Home on the other hand does need this and I've been warned from the very start that eventually every issue of Windows XP home edition would become essentially worthless when MS finally decided your computer had essentially become too much unlike its original condition.

In other words Windows XP home edition is expressly not for gamers or anyone who frequently upgrades their computers.

What I did not realize is that MS was going to start prematurely expiring legitimate XP home installations by refusing to reactivate current installations. This appears to be happening and is causing owners to not only have to buy new operating systems for the new activation code, but completely reinstall their operating system. For a lot of people replacing the entire computer will appear more attractive.

To my friends I will say this, if one day you are driving home and see a computer standing next to a garbage can, pull over and pick it up. The odds are that all it needs is a new OS. Also, don't be surprised if suddenly all the thrift stores in your neighborhood appear to be flooded with not particularly old computers at unbelievably low prices.

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liandriel From: liandriel Date: July 27th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)
That is hateful and obnoxious of Microsoft.
browneyedgirl65 From: browneyedgirl65 Date: July 27th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
And if you do pick up such computers, install a decent and free O/S on it! Like any of the various most excellent Linux distributions ;-)

Hey if it's an extra computer, experiment. Ya never know, maybe you'll like it...
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