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Windows XP - A Very Expensive Proposition

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Nancy in Friday Harbor

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Hi All,
Haven't been here for a while (like the new software, Wayne!).......
Just wanted to make a general comment for any of you considering upgrading your computer to Windows XP.
While there are some things I am liking about it, the graphics are really annoying -- just process my request, don't make the stupic dog dig a hole!
But I'm finding that most other things in my office won't talk to the new computer --- like the HP2000 printer, the Microtek scanner, and zip drive, etc. Whether or nor the makers of these products will ever offer drivers is a moot point right now. Am having to connect everything to the laptop and print through the network!! What a bloody pain!!!
Word of caution. Look before you leap. Unless you want to spend a lot of money upgrading all the rest of your equipment, check out XP compatibility BEFORE you spend your hard earned.

Grumpy in Friday Harbor!!

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Mountain Man

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Thanks for the warning, I have the same equipment you have listed.
Mell.
 

Tim Hicks (Texas)

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Nancy, I don't have windows XP, but I have heard that you can configure it to run certain programs made for previous versions of windows. check the archives. I just spoke to a friend today who mentioned the same thing.
 

Atlanta CG

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Many of the drivers for 2000 will work with XP. Although I am always quick to jump to new software that promises to make my business quicker & easier, upgrading to XP was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had. NEVER had a blue screen of death with XP, have not had to scream at the computer after it locked up when the report had to be delivered within minutes, have had minor qlitches which were easily rectified. I would recommend it to everyone who is used to rebooting two or three times a day.
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MAC

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I have this piece of software setting in my drawer. It seems that, after knowing for over a year that this was going to be on the market, U S Robotics and many other modem manufacturers did not develope drivers for XP. So it sets in my drawer waiting for drivers. :x I have been to their web site and I have tried 2000 drivers. Boy talk about stupid. 8O
 

TC

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I just recently set up my new Sony with XP. I've had no problem running programs or printers. I did have to download software for my HP scanner, Dymo labelwriter, and Palm Pilot, but it didn't take long. My two HP printers loaded without any software needed. I like XP much better than ME, but that's another story.

tom
 

Vince

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Just upgraded to XP Pro with Day One / Apex / HP Printers / Palm / et al, amazed at how XP knows what you are plugging in.

Any 'plug and play' product is detected immediately, no drivers needed.

Day One (Nova) works better in XP than Win98.

Camera needs no program to download pix.

Upgrade to XP was like upgrading from Win95 -> Win98.

Good luck.
 

KD247

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The XP upgrade was the most expensive ever - for my competitors!

With a complete hardware, software, and data overhaul, I'm doing appraisals in about 1/2 the time, compared to just six months ago. I highly recommend XP. None of my old hardware was worth enough to influence the changeover.

(Just joking about my "competitors" - they are all good friends of mine.)
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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My partner purchased a new computer with XP. It has caused lots and lots of problems....drivers dont work, etc.

We use a CD from the county with all the plat maps..XP changed the reader and now he can't open or print the maps.

XP will not accept the HP 2000 tool kit

Zip drive needed lots of help to run on XP

MSN email didnt work with XP.

Digital Camera didn't work properly with XP.

Winsketch didn't work with XP.

Need I say more? I am staying with Windows 98.
 

KD247

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Everyone I've converted to XP has loved it. But after reading these comments I'm now going to tell people "You're either going to love it or you're going to hate it!".
 
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