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    Hello,
    I am still using Windows 98 SE, and was hoping to at least use it another year or so (no money ), but most of the software,(adware, anti-virus) just no longer supports windows 98, and my old printer just died, and all I have have found need at least windows XP to work, so I was wondering the following, if I were to upgrade my OS to Windows XP, would I need to replace some of the hardware too, like video card, since everything in my PC is original, nothing that didn't come with it when I bought new (2000), except the ram and burner.

    I was wondering if it would be possible to just replace my original hard drive, with one that would have Windows XP loaded in it, ( I think I have seen some in the internet) would that be a better and more economic solution. I was hoping to just borrow my brother laptop's window XP CD, but I see that that would not work .
    Thanks for the info.
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    whats the specs on your machine processor ram hard drive etc

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    You're best off installing XP onto whatever hard drive you end up putting or keeping in the machine. That way you get a clean install with the ability for the correct drivers to be installed, and not the wrong drivers that screw up the system.
    Don't pirate XP either. While I can't stop you, there is a rule about talking about it here, sooo... whatever you do keep it to yourself.

    As far as can you run XP... well, here is the minimum specs
    Windows XP Professional System Requirements

    I've seen XP on 128MB of RAM... it's painful. 256MB is acceptable... but I wouldn't actually recommend running XP on less than 512MB of RAM.

    As for the Hard drive, I'd recommend having at least 15~20Gigs. I guess 8 to 10gigs bare minimum, but...

    Your processor... as long as it's over 450MHz it should run alright. Might not be supper snappy, but it'll work. So basically your looking at you would need a very fast PII or a PIII.

    I run Win2K (which isn't nearly as heavy on resources as XP is, but...) on a 500MHz PIII with... ~300MB of RAM or so and a 4MB ATI Rage Pro graphics card. That runs pretty well, but honestly, I really wouldn't care to try XP on that machine. Just to give you an idea.

    If you can find a copy of it, Win2K might be an option for you too. Win2k is NT 5.0... XP is NT 5.1... so a lot of the time, if you can find a printer that has an XP driver, chances are it has a Win2K driver too, as they're pretty much the same. So check some box sides and see if you see some Windows 2000 compatible printers. Something to think about.

    One more thing to think about... because of the problem you have with lack of drivers and equipment dying, a safehaven for old computers and hardware has traditionally been migrating to free operating systems like Linux and BSD. You can get flavors of them that are not anywhere near as hardware intensive as the newer Microsoft offerings. DSL (Damn Small Linux) is a popular choice in this category. Specifically for you, DSL runs CUPS (C Unix Printing System) which supports many, many printer drivers that have been written for popular printers, most installed by default. If you get a HP or Epson printer, you're pretty much guaranteed to have a driver available via CUPS. I've been running Fedora Core Linux, and I've never had a problem with printer drivers. My HP Deskjet 5740 worked right out of the box.

    Linux (don't know about BSD, but I'd assume...) has a pretty big learning curve though. That's the big problem you'd be facing. For most basic things though, really it's easy enough to work with.

    Anyway, like Dom said, put up your system specs and the good people here and myself can make more accurate recommendations.
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    DUDE!!
    I'm from a Third world country and even I'm not that poor to get my self an useable PC

    And of course your brother's laptop cd don't work since the drivers don't matched with your
    pc hardware.

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    Thanks for help, I checked the minimum specs for Windows XP, I have enough except for the hard drive, and my PC is almost 8 years old so, I think I'll try finding a Windows 2000 if cheap or just start saving a replacement for my PC.
    One question though Window ME, and Windows 2000 are not same thing, right?
    Thanks again for the help.

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    Good lord no!

    Win2k, at the SP4 level is probably the most stable OS since DOS M$ has produced.
    Windows ME was a total bomb that made baby jesus cry.

    To be technical, Win2k is version 5 of the NT kernel, and Windows ME was... I want to say version 8 of the DOS kernel (Windows 95 and 98 are DOS 7 based). Windows XP was the merger of the two trees... improvements and compatibilities made to the NT kernel so that people could migrate from the DOS tree. Hence, why XP is NT v5.1.

    But yeah.. ME suuuuucked.
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    ME isn't bad~
    Its just touchy! Especially large files haha!

    Win2k is good stable, but for the end user might just give you headaches..

    Seriously, if you live in USA.. with $200 You can get yourself a nice computer.
    That here in florida, minimun wage is about 5.5, so working part time on Burger king /mc/whatever, after school..

    I think you can make 15hours a week? right..
    So, you will get 80ish dollars a week, maybe little less with discount if any.

    In less then a month you will have more then enough to buy yourself a decent computer that might support vista!
    (Not sure, its a tight budget, but maybe can do a bare bones vista that is...)

    But it will run windows xp with no problem.

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    200 bucks wont get you much of a computer. Better to wait and buy yourself a nice 2000 dollar comp that will last years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ganegrei View Post
    200 bucks wont get you much of a computer. Better to wait and buy yourself a nice 2000 dollar comp that will last years.
    AS-IS Gateway Desktop Core 2 1.86ghz 2gb 320gb DVDRW - eBay (item 280210260795 end time Mar-25-08 13:42:53 PDT)
    Here.
    90 bucks, including shipping, will buy you a pretty good computer, at current bidding prices. Shop around for "as is" desktops.
    All this needs is a new power supply, and you can get that for about $20.

    Real easy to fix, and nets you a good computer for cheap. Then, go to the local college. Most of the computers in the computer lab were originally XP home, I am guessing, and switched to XP pro. Take the unused XP home key, and use that. Or borrow someones Vista Home Premium CD, as, apparently, the CD key is written on this computer. (edit: That doesn't make much sense, what I meant was, "A Vista Home Premium CD Key is provided with this computer.")

    Simple, cheap. And I didn't even have to mention any wares that would also get you the OS you wanted.
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