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Old 03-13-2006, 01:52 PM   #1
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Hey, well my friend has just bought a computer over, for me to put XP on it...

so im like yeah sure...

but specs are worrying me

597MHz processor, 512MB RAM - do you think it will handle it, and not bo slow, if i switch off visual and all that? He cant afford to have too much delay when opening programs..
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Old 03-13-2006, 02:22 PM   #2
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yea it should run fine..it does have enough memory..and the processor should handle it...its not gunna be the fastest thing in the world but it will woek...and yea turn that visual crap off
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Old 03-13-2006, 02:27 PM   #3
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Yeah I think pinky4life623 is right.
The 512MB of RAM is definitely enough to be running some programs at once and so shouldn't be that much of a problem.

The processor though is pushing it a bit, but Windows XP is built to be a bit faster than other Windows Operating Systems, and so, you might get a slight speed boost from Windows 98, etc that it may have been running before.

There are alot of changes to be made to if you look for XP tweaks on the net that if your careful, can turn off processes to free RAM and processing power that you may not need.
Just make sure you be careful what you turn off, and leave them on if your unsure at all.
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go to pcpitstop.com they have an XP readiness test
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Old 03-13-2006, 03:07 PM   #5
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yea a place where i worked had windows xp on 600mhz with only 256 mb of ram and it ran.
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Old 03-13-2006, 03:51 PM   #6
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Default Re: Just a quick opinion...

Did it run ok, I mean how fast could it log on, and how slow was the delay in opening programs?
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Old 03-13-2006, 04:05 PM   #7
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XP is only worthwhile on a 1ghz+ systems if you ask me.

My uncles 800mhz will run windows 2000 faster than xp (and thats with the visual junk in XP disabled).

So I suggest you install 2k on that thing, will work just fine and wont lag to death either.
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Default Re: Just a quick opinion...

I dont have 2k...
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Old 03-13-2006, 04:08 PM   #9
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heh, well, that XP you have, is it a legit copy you own and are using on a system already? also, is it home, pro, or corporate edition?
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XP though should run efficently on lower spec computers. Its alot cleaner than the earlier versions, and so should run faster.

I've seen very low spec computers running it.

I expect also that programs will open up fine. That 512MB of RAM (though don't know the exact speed) should have some oomph in it to quite alot of programs for fast loading, though its not just the RAM.

That processor on the latest software will stop some running efficently, but it won't be XP's fault its not.
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Default Re: Just a quick opinion...

Yeah well, I beg to differ.

STORY TIME!


On my old crappy 300mhz, i decided to do some video bench marks, using a video player called VLC.

I did a clean installation of XP, disabled all the eye candy, tweaked it to kill all un needed services, and made sure NOTHING else was running... then, well, I ran a video. a video at 640x480 resolution.. it was choppy, the video would just skip skip, and well, skip.

So... I format the hard drive, made a clean installtion of win2k, tweak it out by killing un needed services and the such, then I tried running the same video with VLC... the video ran flawless. So yeah.... for that reason alone I prefer to use 2K over XP.
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Old 03-14-2006, 11:30 AM   #12
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No no, ive got a spare legal version of XP...i will prob just use lhusers though lol...

Ill try both, run some sorta tests, and see which one is better.

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