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Microsoft Windows XP Professional Full Version with SP2
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Windows XP Pro is the ideal new solution for your business and advanced home computing needs. Service Packs round up the bug fixes and product updates you need for operating more smoothly. This Service Pack bridges the gaps between the original software and user requests more fully, responding to customer wishes -- and making XP even better. Security Center offers a central control system for your Windows XP security -- work with the firewalls, auto updates and antivirus tools Great news for people sick of pop-up ads - The built-in pop-up blocker controls them, with a new submenu and status bar icons New Add-Ons manager gives you instant access to all the Browser Helper Objects and extensions, enabling and disabling them easily Firewall now has its own control panel, for customizing firewall setting to suit any connection Enhancements to the Windows Update service make installing new updates easy -- you can even choose which ones to install Wireless Networking - Multiple wireless connections to choose from

With Windows XP Professional Edition with Service Pack 2, you get safer browsing and communication, powerful security tools, and improved experiences. Windows XP is the operating system release that unifies the Microsoft range, with all the desktop versions now built on the NT/2000 code base rather than the shakier foundation of Windows 95, 98, and Me. That makes XP a great upgrade for users of the now-obsolete 9x and Me line, but for those already on Windows 2000 Professional it is a closer call. Despite the similar name, there is no special synergy between Windows XP and Office XP, which works fine on Windows 2000.

The Security Center lets you check the status of your essential security settings.

XP certainly looks different, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop that on first installation shows only the taskbar and Recycle Bin. XP is also more customizable than earlier versions of Windows, and includes visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. That is the window-dressing, but underneath are some significant improvements. One of the most interesting is Remote Desktop. A standard XP feature, this uses technology from Microsoft Terminal Server to enable users to access their computer over any connection; for example, by dialing into the office from home.

This is not just file access--this technology lets you run applications remotely as if you were sitting at your desk at work. This is mature technology, stable and carefully thought out. So, for example, you can print from a remote word processor to a local printer. A variation on the theme is Remote Assistance, where the user can allow a remote helper to view their desktop, or optionally gain control of the keyboard and mouse, in order to troubleshoot a problem. The feature can also be disabled to ease security concerns.

Laptop users benefit from enhanced power management, with options to extend battery life by reducing CPU speed and display brightness. IrDA support has been fixed so that, unlike Windows 2000, Windows XP can easily use modems in mobile telephones via infrared. A new screen font, ClearType, improves legibility for laptop or other flat screens, and there is built-in support for wireless networking using the popular 802.11 standard. A great feature of XP, also found in Windows 2000, is the ability to synchronize network files with offline copies. Previously, these files could not be stored securely, but now they can be encrypted.

The Information Bar in Windows XP Professional Edition with Service Pack 2 notifies you when it blocks ActiveX control or active content and then lets you decide what to do.

For Web browsing, XP comes with Internet Explorer 6.0. The enhancements in IE 6.0 are mainly of interest to Web developers, and in any case Microsoft makes IE freely available to all Windows users. Although Java is not installed by default, it is not difficult to download a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Windows Messenger, originally a chat client, has evolved into a collaboration tool that allows for video conferencing and application sharing.

Service Pack 2 allows users to instruct Internet Explorer how to handle downloads from a specific publisher

The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, in which other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but it does prevent most types of unauthorized connection.

Windows XP has strong multimedia features. The new Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist, and write your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. Although there is loss of quality as a result of compression, the process is easy and convenient. Media Player 8.0 can play back DVD video, but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed. You can also play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos, but sadly, not the popular RealMedia formats. In the end, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated.

The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. The Start menu now automatically features the most frequently used programs at the top of the list, and you can add and remove shortcuts by right-clicking the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walk-throughs.

Windows XP Professional includes all the features of Windows XP Home, and adds support for dual processors, encryptable file systems, offline folders, the Remote Desktop as described above, and extra administration features that come into play when connected to a Windows server domain. XP is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum requirements. There is also activation to consider, a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure that requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation, and in the future if you reinstall or make major system changes.

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Features

Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker Makes browsing the Internet more enjoyable by enabling you to reduce unwanted ads and content.
Internet Explorer download monitoring Warns you about potentially harmful downloads and gives you the option to block files that could be malicious.
Internet Explorer Information Bar Provides better information about events that are happening as you browse the Web, so it’s easier to know what’s going on and address potential security issues.
Windows Security Center Allows you to easily view your security status and manage key security settings in one convenient place.
Windows Firewall update Automatically turned on by default, this improved firewall helps protect Windows XP from viruses, worms, and other security threats that can spread over the Internet.
Improved wireless support Dramatically improves and simplifies the process of discovering and connecting to wireless networks.
Bluetooth technologies Enables you to easily connect to the latest Bluetooth-enabled hardware devices such as keyboards, cell phones, and PDAs.
Windows Media Player 9 Series Makes it easy to enjoy music, video, and broadband content with enhanced security.
  • Automatically keep your PC up-to-date with the latest security enhancements including the Windows Security Center, Windows Firewall.
  • Windows XP Professional provides rich, wireless network support, helping you simply and easily connect to wireless networks whether in your home, office, or out on the road.
  • Quickly set up and connect all the computers, printers, devices, and an Internet connection in your home with the all new Network Setup Wizard.
  • Encrypting File System provides an additional level of file protection from hackers and data theft by transparently encrypting files with a randomly generated key.
  • Clean, simple design of Windows XP Professional puts the features you use most often at your fingertips, helping you find them quickly.

Customer Reviews:

  • Better than Windows Vista
    I am not too crazy with all the bells and whistles that come with Windows Vista. If you want a simple down to earth operating systems then go with Windows XP Professional. I just installed COD5 and it runs perfect with my new rig. Windows Vista uses a lot of memory compared to Windows XP.
    Windows Vista requires 1GB, Windows XP Professional only requires 512mb.
    Is up to you, you make the choice. I am using a Q6600 processor, with 2 EVGA 9800GTX in SLI mode. 4gb of Corsair Dominator Memory, EVGA 750i SLI FTW motherboard....more info
  • The perfect UPGRADE from Windows Vista
    I spent about 3 months fighting with the Vista that was pre-installed on my laptop until I finally broke down and decided to downgrade to XP. It took me about a day to get my laptop operating to my satisfaction but I have to say it was WELL WORTH IT. Within 24 hours, I had VERY VISIBLE IMPROVEMENTS IN PERFORMANCE that came from downgrading from Vista to XP. If you own Vista and are struggling with it like I was, I highly recommend "downgrading". If your results are anything like mine, you will find this to be more of an upgrade than anything.
    ...more info
  • the best opperating system ever
    we all remember how XP rather sucked when it first came out. but after the service packs, it runs smoothly, is widely supported and is really the only operating system i want to use for years to come. ...more info
  • Software Review
    Having a copy of Windows on PC, I needed an extra one to run on a Mac. So far, it works fine....more info
  • Amazon, PBJWORLD and XP Professional
    December 13, 2008
    By James Smith "The Truth"

    Beware my my friends of old (Xp Professional 2002 oem) copies of bogus software being sold on Amazon. By the likes of PBJWorld. Not only that, they let him lie and claim it was unopened. I purchased a copy and found it had a fake key. It was made by a key generator. They want me to return it to the guy who sold it to me. Mircosoft now has the case. Gave them what they needed to go forward. He want me to return it , to make it disappear, I would guess this to be so . By the way he refuses to deal with me. Shame on Amazon too, for letting this guy sell bogus software.
    Buy for only those you know. Amazon will not back you UP! I for one will not ever shop on Amazon again. Burned by this. Never NEVER AGAIN . They lost me as a customer. Amazon make false statements that they care . They do not . I have not made false statements'. Pbjworld sold me a copy of Xp Professional that was not what they claimed . It had been opened, used and packaged with a fake key . Beware buyers of this site'. Trust only those you know and no site that gets 5 stars from most buyers . No one that perfect .

    Amazon customer service sucks .There is no real support . ...more info
  • Great product and service
    Loading Windows XP on my Mac was extremely easy! There were no problems whatsoever. The service is unbelievable!! I got the product days before it was scheduled to be delivered. Come to think of it, everything I buy from Amazon is delivered promptly with no problems....more info
  • XP The Way To Go
    I am very glad I upgraded to Windows XP. I was able to resolve some immediate problems I was having with Windows 2000 and my computer works much better. The upgrade required some professional expertise but has been well worth it. I would recommend this upgrade to anyone looking to upgrade from an older Windows system...more info
  • Best Windows to date, but not the best OS
    Compared to previous versions of Windows (like Windows 98, Windows 2000, etc.), Windows XP is excellent. It's much more stable than those previous versions, has excellent hardware and software support, and generally is pretty good.

    But that's all relative: Mac OS X and Ubuntu linux (the latter being totally free) are both excellent in terms of usability, and frequently are easier to use for regular users.

    If you need a general-purpose desktop computer for web browsing, word processing, and so forth...Ubuntu's the ticket. Free, secure, wide community support, great hardware support, etc. It's quite usable by average users, and definitely not as "scary" as other versions of linux. Power users can run most Windows programs in Wine (I play World of Warcraft regularly in Wine and love it).

    But I digress...

    Unfortunately, Windows XP has it's downsides:
    - It's expensive.
    - It's vulnerable to a huge host of security issues (most are patched quickly, but it seems to be a never-ending process).
    - By default, it isn't all that secure -- user accounts are, by default, Administrators, so one can seriously screw up their system by fiddling around with stuff that they shouldn't be fiddling around with. Viruses that execute under an Administrator account have full access to the computer, and can cause significant damage. Internet Explorer and Outlook Express have more holes than swiss cheese.
    - Protecting against these security issues necessitates additional expenses like anti-virus/spyware programs. Fixing/cleaning up from virus infections can take hours, if it's possible at all.
    - Anti-piracy measures are ineffective at stopping piracy, but effective at annoying legitimate users. If you change more than a few hardware components (such as adding more RAM, installing a new graphics card, etc.) Windows disables itself and requires that you call Microsoft, explain what you did, and get an authorization code to re-enable Windows.

    In today's computing world, there are many specific programs that require Windows to operate. But just about any task that's required, such as word processing, web browsing, design, communication, and so forth is also available for the Mac OS or linux, and those systems are (in my opinion) quite a bit easier to learn, use, and interact with and have advantages of security, performance, and in the case of Ubuntu linux, price....more info
  • XP's good, 98's superior
    I still have to argue that 98 is far superior to XP if it's treated properly. My 98 box boots up to idle faster than XP can come out of hibernation. Perfectly stable, it'll run continuously without needing to reboot when I let it. While you do need 3rd party software for account-to-account security, that's a minor issue since we're running seperate copies of 98 on the same system (active partition swap, other one hidden). And since it only takes a couple of seconds longer (literally, about 5) to reboot to the other OS than XP takes for logoff-logon, it's no problem to reboot. The only virus I've ever "caught" was one I requested be sent to me. The net's not that dangerous, I routinely browse for a few hours with firewall and AV off and don't get infected; it's more common sense than the OS, the software or the net.

    Fast-User-Switching is a joke; RAS becomes unstable and our *security* software (major companies) can't always make the switch without dying. And you can't enable it and make pages available offline at the same time (see what I mean about the security system being crap??).

    Several pieces of software I've tried that are supposedly compatible with XP aren't; they need to be installed as an admin but need to be installed for one of the users (admin doesn't need it, user can't install it). Granted, it's as much the software's fault as XP's but if MS could come up with a decent d*** security system, the issue would disappear. And, no, MS did NOT fix this with Vista. I'm not referring to letting a user have temporary admin rights; I'm talking about not consolidating everything in the Windows core files so that nothing can be uninstalled properly and so that a program must get blanket god-rights to the system to drop a dll in the system folder (where MS decided it should go) instead of in it's own (OK, the second one's available, IF you want to be harrassed by the OS for each individual action).

    Many settings are per-user but can't be changed by the user. They have to be upgraded to an admin or power-user simply to tell the system to idle down after 15 minutes instead of 30. Or to change the time.

    There's no "mini-OS" that can be run off a floppy (like DOS with 98) and give access to a dead system. Why not? For one, MS killed DOS (no, that "command prompt" is not DOS). For two, NTFS can't be read from DOS.

    ADS? Don't get me started about the OS actually having a second "strip" of data along each file that only certain programs can get to.

    How about the built in you-can't-play-that-media-file parts? That's a good one indeed. My music and, as the RIAA itself said, I paid for "the right to listen to it" so I should *never* have to worry about the next version of DRM breaking it. (let's see, Win98 in VirtualPC? Rip away!)

    Finally, I managed to actually BSOD XP one of the first couple of times it booted. While they did fix some of the error traps, you merely get a little box instead of a full-screen BSOD. Big deal. I'm not impressed with that "improvement" in the slightest.

    Why would I upgrade if I despise XP so much? Easy, d*** hardware driver companies are scum. 32bit Windows is 32bit Windows. Software calls are the same (yes, I write software), returns are the same. Heck, the drivers probably weren't even modified except to remove an OS from the "accept list". I probably just bought my last piece of hardware that still actually has 98 drivers on it, when a major component of my system next dies, I probably won't be able to properly run 98 anymore and I'm about to run out of time to get XP (much later and I'd use Linux instead).

    Why get Pro instead of Home? Decent, granular permissions. I can set folder-by-folder, user-by-user, action-by-action exactly who gets to do what. Can't do that in Home. Grey-area accounts: I can make someone a power-user so they can adjust their own power settings but still can't muck up other accounts. Can't do that in Home.

    Rumor has it there's a Win2000 clone built on a Linux kernel. Maybe it'll be ready by the time I'm tired of XP......more info
  • I can't believe I own this piece of junk...
    I was raised with the understanding that "if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all," but Amazon prompted me for a review... so I feel the need to remind everyone what a terrible load of horse crap this Windows XP really is. I can't believe that so many people around the world suffer with it every day.

    I bought the "Professional FULL VERSION with SP2" to install as a 2nd system on my Intel Mac (so that I can author/test files I create in a PC environment). Yikes. How is this worth $[...]? I think Leopard is going to be $[...]

    Anyway, this isn't a very good review, but it isn't a very good operating system either....more info
  • Best operating system by Microsoft
    Had problems installing the OEM (no Service Pack) on Parallels Desktop after updating Mac OS Tiger, so bought this Windows XP with SP2 and have SP3 now. Works great as always.

    I avoided Windows Vista - heard bad things about it, but believe it has improved. Not looking forward to Windows 7 (may be better, I just don't need it).

    No other version of Windows has come close to XP (IMO performance/compatibility reasons). Recommended even ten years from now (but don't expect it to work on new hardware by then, ugh)....more info
  • Last chance to get XP !
    I work in industrial automation, where almost all software runs on XP, practically only a few manufacturers have stable versions of all their software for newer Vista OS. So... get your XP copies while they last!...more info
  • Don't Buy from Amazon and PBJworld, XP professional
    Beware my my friends of old (Xp Professional 2002 oem) copies of bogus software being sold on Amazon. By the likes of PBJWorld. Not only that, they let him lie and claim it was unopened. I purchased a copy and found it had a fake key. It was made by a key generater. They want me to return it to the guy who sold it to me. Mircosoft now has the case. Gave them what they needed to go forward. He want me to return it , to make it disappear, I would guess this to be so . By the way he refuses to deal with me. Shame on Amazon too, for letting this guy sell bogus software.
    Buy for only those you know. Amazon will not back you UP! Ifor one will not ever shop on Amazon again. Burned by this. Never NEVER AGAIN . They lost me as a customer. Amazon make false statements that they care . They do not . I have not made false statements'. Pbjworld sold me a copy of Xp Professional that was not what they claimed . It had been opened, used and packaged with a fake key . Beware buyers of this site'. Trust only those you know and no site that gets 5 stars from most buyers . No one that perfect .

    Amazon customer service sucks .There is no real support ....more info
  • The Best Platform for Windows based Computers and Laptops
    Of all the products Microsoft have produced, Windows XP Pro is the very best. It is much better than Vista in every way. It is tried and true. It does not crash, and is very forgiving of newbie mistakes....more info
  • Defective Product
    I ordered the product and it was shipped in a timely manner. Unfortunately, the product was defective and I could not use it. I contacted the seller, returned the product and my money was immediately refunded. Will purchase again from Seller if the opportunity arises....more info
  • Second Time Go
    I have worked with XP Pro for some time and can't say much bad. I guess i'm just patient. I am a network planner/maintainer and use XP Pro at home. The first copy that I bought didn't work. Kept getting a stop error. Notified Amazon and got another copy sent out within days of my submitting for the exchange online. Matter of fact I got my new copy before I even sent out the one that didn't work. So thumbs up to Amazon for that one. The operating system itself runs like a champ and was easy to install. I've not switched to Vista yet because i've read too many negatives and not enough posatives from general users to computer geeks who want a flawless machine that boots up in seconds and NEVER has issues. As for me, a typical daily user, I think it's top notch and won't go to Vista for several years if I can help it....more info
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    I purchased the Microsoft Windows XP Professional FULL VERSION to install on a MacBook. I installed Windows XP on a partition set up with Boot Camp. The installation went well, and Windows XP has performed as expected. I perform nearly all tasks on my MacBook with the Mac Leopard OS. I only use Windows XP to accomplish a few Windows-specific tasks. Windows XP is used as an operating system of last resort on this computer....more info