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Cliff Salisbury

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I have three computers and one has Windows XP. I am thinking of upgrading the other two from Windows 98. Can you buy a mulitiple license to put XP on two computers or do ou have to by two individual upgrades?
 

Judy Whitehead (Florida)

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I'm interested in knowing why you wish to upgrade the other two networked computers. My setup sounds exactly like yours.

Actually, there really is no such thing as an "upgrade" to XP (so I'm told). I also was told that one license covers all networked computers. Hope I'm right.

The host computer has XP in my office and the two networked ones have 98. I've only had this setup for about a month, but (knock on wood) everything is running just fine.
 

KD247

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I'm fairly certain that you must buy separate copies of XP for each computer. There are rumors that Microsoft allows you to install the same copy of XP on a desktop and a laptop, but my experiences don't confirm that. XP Home costs about $200 and XP Pro costs about $300.

Buying additional licenses from Microsoft only saves about $10 per license.

Although the software is not technically an upgrade (it completely replaces your operating system) there is upgrade pricing available (about $100 discount) if you own Windows 98, ME, 2000, or NT.

One way to save money is to buy an OEM version of XP. You can get the full version of XP Home for about $95 or XP Pro for about $140

There is only one other way that I know of to get a discount. If you are a student or faculty, you can get the XP Pro Upgrade for $100 at http://journeyed.com

Or, these days, you might want to just buy new computers for about $500 each.
 

George W Dodd

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Before you consider upgrading the OS, check to make sure that your older machines are compatible. Sometimes the hardware is outdated and you will not be able to get drivers.

If your system is work than I suggest not messing with it. I have about a half machines using different OS's (Win 98se, Win2K, and XP) without any problems.

If you do decide to upgrade, sugesst going with the Pro version as it is a better OS. Also, check eBay to get some good prices.
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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No reason to upgrade the old machines.
 

Tim The Enchanter

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No reason to upgrade the old machines.

Right, just get new machines. Easier and better, probably not much more expensive either. Maybe even cheaper long run. Machines are cheap. 8)
 
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Bemis Pownall

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Machines are cheap!
just got p4 2.4 256 60gig 7200rpm
at Dell refurb $600 NO Shipping!
and it has XP home
10yrs ago i paid the same for a 400mg hard drive! then paid to have it installed!
 

Terrel L. Shields

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My first "big" computer was a Epson 256K memory, $2,800. Dot matrix printer was Epson and cost $425 at Montgomery Ward, about $75 cheaper than the Epson dealer wanted.

I find XP to be about as annoying as anything else. You don't get the black screen, but I have had it lock up completely and have to be reset with the button. It has even locked up in mid-move playing Hearts. Leaves the card hanging in mid-air. Xp locks up about 1-2 times a month, while my old 98 may do it about 4-5 times a month, but I also use it more.
 
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