How much of a pig is XP

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  1. Chris Bardon

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    I'm debating installing Xp Pro on my machine, but I've heard that it's a bit of a resource hog. I'm running a P3 450 with 384 Mb of Ram, which SHOULD be enough, but I'm not sure. Has anyone tried installing on a similar configuration?
     
  2. Kevin P

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    384 MB RAM should be plenty. I recommend at least 256 for either Win2K or XP. How big a hard drive do you have? If it's less than 20 GB, you might want to upgrade or add a second one. That's where most of the bloat ends up.

    KJP
     
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    PC133 RAM is so cheap that I would think it should not be an obstacle in running XP if that's what you want to do.
     
  4. Kevin Coleman

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    Unless of course you have an IBM like a guy I work with. It takes 64 megs max. If he wants any more he is going to have to upgrade his motherboard. I sure am glad I build my own computers.
    Kevin C. [​IMG]
     
  5. Todd Hochard

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    I'm running XP Home on a P3-450 with 256MB RAM, and I haven't had any issues.

    Most "normal" functions seem quicker than ME, in fact.

    Todd
     
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    I've got XP running on my wifes PC using a 4.3 gig HHD with a 450 MHz CPU and 128 megs of RAM.

    On my PC my C partition which is only has XP installed and a few small programs etc is currently at 2.5 gig of which half is in the windows folder. XP is lager then most OS's but its not that bad.
     
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    XP seems to run very efficiently on my machine, much more so than WinMe. Multitasking seems to be less of a risky proposition with XP. My hardware isn't "all that" either although I do have 256 MB.

    Michael.
     
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    Don't forget, if upgrading parts doesn't make you queasy, and you only have 1 HD, you can always slave a second one and add it to the same IDE channel. But to be honest, I think by the time you need more than 20GB (assuming you don't save full versions of tons of games and tons of music to your system) you will probably need a new PC.

    Personally I have a 40GB HD, I'm a moderate gamer with a few MP3s, and I rarely use more than 14GB.
     
  11. Chris Bardon

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    Thanks for the replies. With the 40 Gb drive, I should have lots of space-I was more concerned about the processor speed.
     
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    One thing to look out for after you install XP: make sure that the "speach recognition" application isn't running.

    Somehow it became enabled on my AMD 500mz 380mb RAM system and it took FOREVER to even open IE.

    I did some research using the task manager and tracked down the resource hog.
     
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