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Urgent: please convince me to get MS Windows XP Professional...
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Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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Apr 7, 2003

Or better yet, please confirm that MS Windows XP Home Edition is perfectly suitable for a professional translator\'s business. My colleague Nikita broached on this subject in his posting about OS options.



I am making an investment in a new computer in the next couple of days, and would appreciate any insights. XP Professional seems outrageously overpriced, and I have yet to come across a job that requires PowerPoint (which I understand to be the main difference between both versions).



Thanks in advance for all your contributions.



Cheers,



Susana



P.S. It is snowing in New York City!





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gamingman
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Windows XP Home is perfect... Apr 7, 2003

for your business. Professional adds advanced networking, you can live without at home. But even if you need some networking, Home can address it, but not so conveniently, as Pro.



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On 2003-04-07 19:33, susa773 wrote:

Or better yet, please confirm that MS Windows XP Home Edition is perfectly suitable for a professional translator\'s business. My colleague Nikita broached on this subject in his posting about OS options.



I am making an investment in a new computer in the next couple of days, and would appreciate any insights. XP Professional seems outrageously overpriced, and I have yet to come across a job that requires PowerPoint (which I understand to be the main difference between both versions).



Thanks in advance for all your contributions.



Cheers,



Susana



P.S. It is snowing in New York City!





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swisstell
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XP Home Edition versus Prof. Apr 7, 2003

I am doing just fine with the Home Edition but I will also admit that I have MSN Office (Word, Power Point, Excel etc.) as an addition - and you are so right about the very little use Power Point seems to get.

That may not be of much help but you asked and therefore I start the \"answering ball\" rolling - or so I hope. Good luck!


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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
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forget XP professional Apr 7, 2003

With the home edition I got my DSL connection running, with the professional edition it never worked.

Albeit someone told me that it would work fine, if it was installed professionally..



P.S. It is snowing in Berlin, too!

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Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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oh, really? Apr 8, 2003

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On 2003-04-07 23:53, Harry_B wrote:

Albeit someone told me that it would work fine, if it was installed professionally..





Must be why they call it Professional



Am I to understand on top of having to fork over the big bucks, you need to hire professional help in order to get it to work with your programs?



Can\'t say I\'m the least bit sold, so far...



A million thanks for your replies. My purchase clock is ticking, I hope to get a few more opinions in the next 24 hours...



Cheers,



S.



P.S. Anyone enjoying a sunny day, anywhere?



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Maria Knorr
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I have XP Pro Apr 8, 2003

I enjoy it, but I never had Home version for any of my computers so I am not sure what the difference is. I don\'t recall having any problems with it (I\'ve had it for over a year) that required professional help. I also have DSL which was extremely easy to connect, it was basically plug-n-play. I used to have it go through router which was also no problem.



Please let me know if you have any specific questions and I\'d be happy to answer them.



Maria


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Boyan Kostadinov  Identity Verified
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Win XP Pro is Better Apr 8, 2003

The Professional version is defently my clear choice of OS. It\'s much more configurable and even has more features than the Home Edition. Nothing to brag about but it\'s just better. Not to mention that it supports 2 CPUs and if you have 2 CPUs in your machine and Windows XP Home Edition sees only one, that bites So if you can afford it, it\'s defently worth it. I think the difference is about $50 for the OEM Pro edition vs. the OEM Home Edition.



Harry_B, I highly doubt your DSL problem was because of the OS. It\'s almost like saying, don\'t use Win2K, use Win98 because I never got my connection to work under Win2K (and the improvement in Win2K over Win98 is tramendous).


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Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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specific questions Apr 8, 2003

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On 2003-04-08 00:32, Mashulya wrote:

Please let me know if you have any specific questions and I\'d be happy to answer them.





I basically want to make sure I will be perfectly suited to conduct my translation business with Home Edition. I have been perfectly happy with Windows 98 until now, and the only reason I am upgrading is because I am buying a new computer. I do get the sense XP Pro is for people who do much more sophisticated things with their computers than I may ever dream to achieve



Thanks again,



S.

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Boyan Kostadinov  Identity Verified
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I Can Answer That Apr 8, 2003

Yes WinXP Home will serve all of your needs if you used Win98 until now and it did all you needed it to do. So don\'t spend the money on WinXP Pro unless you want to. Just make sure all the software you use under Win98 is compatible with WinXP (Home or Pro).

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Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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on compatible software Apr 8, 2003

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On 2003-04-08 00:51, boyank wrote:

Yes WinXP Home will serve all of your needs if you used Win98 until now and it did all you needed it to do. So don\'t spend the money on WinXP Pro unless you want to. Just make sure all the software you use under Win98 is compatible with WinXP (Home or Pro).





Well, that settles that. Thank you so very much!



Your last note brings something else to mind, as I will be upgrading to MS Office XP at the same time (these are software bundles that come with the equipment). Here is my last very uninformed question about WinXP Pro: is Office XP Small Business compatible with WinXP Pro, or would I necessarily have to use Office XP Pro were I to choose WinXP Pro? While it is true that WinXP Pro is only about $60 more expensive than Home Edition, what I am seeing is that Office XP Pro adds about another $200 to the equation (compared to Office XP Small Business).



Or could I simply not upgrade the office software at all, and wait to see how MS Office 2000 (my current Office software) fares with WinXP?



Here is hoping I am not abusing your computer expertise



S.



P.S. Or will we all be looking to upgrade to Office 2003 when it is released in the next few months?



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Boyan Kostadinov  Identity Verified
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Any Version of Office will Work Apr 8, 2003

Any version of Office will work on WinXP Home or Pro so I don\'t think you need to worry about it (you can even use Office 97 if you feel like it, I\'ve used Publish 97 under WinXP).

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Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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my big, fat, new computer Apr 8, 2003

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On 2003-04-08 01:33, boyank wrote:

Any version of Office will work on WinXP Home or Pro so I don\'t think you need to worry about it (you can even use Office 97 if you feel like it, I\'ve used Publish 97 under WinXP).





Boyan, I can only hope one day you are absolutely in need of knowing how to translate something in Spanish, and I can help you as graciously and expertly as you have helped me...thanks to all of you who have responded so quickly



Based on what I have gathered from this and other threads, here is the basic configuration I am planning for my new desktop:



- Pentium 4 Processor at 2.0GHz (512K L2 Cache)

- 256MB DDR-SDRAM

- 60GB/7200RPM Hard Drive

- Windows XP Home Edition (yesssss )

- 48x/24x/48x Max CD-RW Drive

- MS Office 2000 Small Business



I am assuming I will be more than happy with this configuration. If anyone sees anything in it that needs correction, I would appreciate your input (just bear in mind I have quite happily managed with 96MB RAM for the past five years, so I guess I am the thrifty kind...).



Last chance to contribute before this old laptop turns into a pumpkin



S.



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Boyan Kostadinov  Identity Verified
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You asked for it Apr 8, 2003

Susana,



you are very welcome. I\'m glad I can help you out.



You asked for corrections. So here is what I would correct



I would get an Athlon XP 2000+ or faster

(much better price/performance ration than the P4). The Athlon XP processors are just as good as the P4 if not better but because they don\'t cary the Intel name they also don\'t cary the Intel pricetag.



You didn\'t say anying about the motherboard you are getting. I would say get any of the new boards with the KT400 Chipset - look at Abit (my personal favorite), MSI or Gigabyte boards.



256MB should do you fine but memory is a good thing to have and at prices nowdays, 512MB wouldn\'t hurt. Just make sure you get a good brand with lifetime warrenty. I would recoomend at least PC2700 (that\'s the speed of the memory, any board with the KT400 chipset will support at least that if not faster RAM).



I would also recommend a DVD or CD-Rom drive on top of your CDR-W. Usually, it\'s not a good idea to use your burner as a regular CD-Rom (I\'m talking from experience). And if you get a DVD drive, you can also play DVDs on your PC



You didn\'t say anything about a video card either. I would suggest any of the GeForce 4 MX 420 or MX 440.



Hope this is not more information than what you asked for, he he.


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Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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I sure did ask for it :grin: Apr 8, 2003

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On 2003-04-08 02:35, boyank wrote:

Hope this is not more information than what you asked for, he he.





No it is not, although I am glad I only have a few hours left to place my order...I can see how this could go on forever



Most of your questions do not apply in my case, as I am choosing from configured models offered by a brand name I happen to like. My technical knowledge has not reached the point where I could dream of assembling my own computer, but with a few more threads like this one I may just be able to do so next time I am in the market for a computer. So thanks again.



A few items intrigue me about your answer:



1. With what I am saving by not buying the Office XP software, I could certainly buy myself some more RAM



2. I had thought an additional DVD drive would be a nice thing to have, but now I see there are technical considerations as well, so thank you for bringing that up



3. If Pentium is not really that important, would I do just as well with a Celeron processor at 2.0GHz (it is the other choice given by this particular brand, and saves a bit of money); somewhere I read Pentium was really essential for today\'s applications, blah blah blah, but one reads all kinds of things...



I am only hoping other people are learning from this thread as much as I am



Is it bedtime yet?



S.

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Don't upgrade MS Office Apr 8, 2003

It will not do you any good. Office 2000 works just fine, and the changes certainly don\'t warant buying a new software version.

In fact, unless you are an advanced user, you will probably not know even a third of what is available to you in present, and beside the new look and the new paste options, you probably won\'t notice anything else.

Actually, I am considering to revert to Office 2000.


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