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Product: Windows XP Professional
Company: Microsoft
Estimated Street Price: Upgrade $199.99 - Full $299.99
Review By: Julien Jay 

Final Results and Overall Mark

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Setup
3: First Start, WPA & Core
4: New Graphic Style
5: Windows Explorer
6: Windows Media Player 8
7: WIA & Video
8: Hardware
9: Internet Explorer 6.0
10: Windows Messenger 4.5
11: Remote Assistance & Remote Desktop
12: MSN Explorer
13: Networking

14: User Accounts & Help System
15: System & Communication Tools
16: Games & Gaming, Application Compatibility and MUI,
17: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for Microsoft Windows XP Professional.


Final Comments

How It Grades
  Installation: 90%
Interface: 89%
Performance: 90%
Features: 95%
Hardware Support: 85%
Applications Support: 70%
Ease of use: 90%
Users' Guide: 85%
Online Help System: 80%
Overall: 84.9%

To conclude this review, itís clear that all the hype that has been made over Windows XP is perfectly justified. Microsoft has listened to their customers by adding many new features they were requesting. Not only is Windows XP one of the most reliable operating systems ever released but it also offers an unprecedented level of conviviality thanks to a user friendly interface that includes smart enhancements to adapt the system to the way users work. In fact Windows XP is a treasure combining a marvel of conception, a gorgeous design, and innovative features; in other words: it's worth the wait! Already rock solid, the system also doesnít forget  the inclusion of fine multimedia functions thanks to the incredibly good Windows Media Player.  

Windows XP is definitely a must have upgrade for every Windows 9x user since itíll bring them an unprecedented level of reliability while offering almost the same level of application and hardware compatibility. If Windows XP rescues Windows 9x users from the instability hell, the upgrade may seem less dramatic for existing Windows 2000 users. Nonetheless Windows 2000 users will clearly discover a new computing experience with Windows XP thanks to the mobility and rich digital media features as well as the new Internet communication tools. Finally Windows XP is, to my eyes, as exciting as Windows 95 was when it was released.



Specs & Package
Overall Score 84.9%
Version Reviewed Microsoft Windows XP Professional Final Build 2600
Release Date Available Now!
In the Box 1 CD-Rom
1 Users' Guide
The Good Points New Graphic Style,
New Exciting Multimedia Features,
Enhanced Overall Reliability,
Smarter than ever,
Tons of neat enhancements,
Awesome new Windows Messenger Application,
Rocking Windows Media Player 8,
Extensive Hardware Support,
High Performance Level,
Rock Solid.
The Bad Points Few Skins & Color Themes,
Compatibility Issues with Old Games,
Few Application Compatibility Issues,
Reviewers PC Setup 1

Pentium 4 2.0 Ghz
Intel D850GB Motherboard
512 MB PC800 RDRAM w/ECC
IBM 75GB UDMA 100 7200RPM
Maxtor 60GB UDMA 100 7200RPM
Maxtor 30GB UDMA 66 7200RPM

19" Sony Trinitron Monitor
Hercules 3D Prophet III 64Mb AGP 4x Graphics Card
Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum
Adaptec 19160 Ultra SCSI card
Pinnacle Studio DV Plus
Pinnacle Studio PCTV Pro

Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro

DVD Pioneer 105s (16/40x)
Yamaha CRW2200E

Reviewers PC Setup 2 Pentium III 933MHz EB
Intel D815EEA2
Maxtor 30GB UDMA 100 7200RPM
17" Sony Trinitron Monitor
VisionTek GeForce II MX 400 64MB
Hercules GameTheater XP

Microsoft Office Keyboard
Microsoft Trackball Optical

Goldstar DVD
Reviewers PC Setup 3 Compaq Presario 1800 Laptop (18XL381)
Intel 440BX Motherboard
Pentium III 700MHz
192MB SDRAM 100MHz
ATI Rage Mobility M3 8MB
8x DVD
PC Required Minimum System Requirements

Pentium 233MHz (Pentium II 300MHz Highly Recommended),
64Mb of RAM (128MB recommended)
1,5GB of free hard disk space
SVGA Graphics Card & Monitor (800*600)
4x CD-Rom drive or DVD
Mouse & Keyboard

Internet Connection Highly Recommended

Links of Interest

Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP

ę Games & Gaming, Application Compatibility and MUI  


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