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#1 rjpw

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 11:25 AM

I have a system that is a Sony Vaio PCV-LX810 running a P3 with 368 RAM?

Can I put XP pro on it?
Will I have an extremely slow XP?
Or should I run it as is. Just run it for kids to play and internet.

Thanks,

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 11:52 AM

Well...if you have a legal version of XP Pro, with license...you can do an upgrade.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316639

But...I would not install XP on top of an existing Windows Me install..I would do a clean install.

A good summary of doing a clean install with an upgrade edition of XP: Clean Install Procedure with Illustrative Screen Captures - http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

Installing XP Home and XP Pro...same procedures.

<<Will I have an extremely slow XP?>>

"Extremely slow" is not an exact phrase, so I can't answer that. But you can look at the minimums required and gather your own ideas. I've run XP Home with 384MB of RAM satisfactorily, but I'm easy to please :thumbsup:. And I didn't have a PIII processor.

You could always try running them side by side for a short time, a dual-boot situation.

Any system will normally respond faster...when there are fewer programs loaded/installed...and I think this might be more of a consideration than anything else.

<<Or should I run it as is. Just run it for kids to play and internet.>>

Well, I would never suggest to anyone to run Windows Me in 2009 (almost 2010), especially since any version of XP is already superseded by a newer version of Windows...make that 2 newer versions now. I can't think of any reason to pretend that I want to or can run Windows 9x/Me forever...I think that the alternatives presented by MS are better and security/support for Me has almost certainly stopped (I think).

Dealer's choice :flowers:...your deal.

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 12:56 PM

Thanks Louis,

I will take all of your suggestions into consideration. This Sony computer was given to me because I teach seniors how to use computers and ME is too old for me but it works great for background playing of Pandora!
Happy computing!!!!
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Posted 17 September 2009 - 01:18 PM

Thank you and...happy computing :thumbsup:.

Louis




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