Does your PC have enough power for Windows XP?
From October 25, 2001 Windows XP, which according to Microsoft represents the biggest leap in its operating system family since Windows 95, will be available for purchase. Microsoft is praising its latest operating system, which is built on the stable NT4/2000 basis, with tons of integrated features, for which additional software is required with the current operating systems.
For example, a burning program is included highly developed text, voice and video messaging client and a DSL driver already installed ready for use after the installation. Of course, Internet Explorer 6 and Windows Media Player 8 are firmly anchored in the operating system.
But there is also criticism enough. Keywords such as product activation, lack of USB 2.0 support and limited MP3 encoding have been in the press often enough. But what many people thought of when they first looked at the Windows XP interface, will become reality with Windows XP. What are meant here are the hardware requirements, which will increase almost immeasurably with Windows XP. Microsoft officially announces that a Pentium II with 300MHz and 128MB RAM is sufficient for Windows XP. As everyone still knows from school, sufficient performance is sufficient, but you will not have fun at work with a system that roughly meets these minimum requirements. Some beta testers are already reporting that Microsoft must have 'misjudged' this information somewhat. It is also assumed that the system requirements will continue to increase with the final version of Windows XP. Gartner analyst Michael Silver advises against installing Windows XP on a system that is more than a year old. In the same breath he mentions a Pentium 3 processor with 650 - 800MHz as a minimum for meaningful work. He continues to suspect that Microsoft is understating thisInformation to persuade hardware manufacturers to develop Windows XP drivers for older hardware. When it comes to RAM, you won't have much fun with the 128Megabyte specified by Microsoft. In addition, Windows XP supports multiple users logged in at the same time, which is why 128MB RAM plus a further 64MB per logged-in user represent the absolute minimum, according to Gartner.
Of course, the hardware manufacturers were happy about these circumstances. Windows XP is expected to give the market, which is currently somewhat ailing, new impetus and the sale of components and complete PCs will again increase sharply. According to its own information, Hewlett-Packard is already preparing for a surge in sales with the release of Windows XP.