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Windows XP Preview

By: TweakTown Staff | Operating Systems in Software | Posted: Aug 21, 2001 4:00 am



What can I say, I can't wait to uninstall Windows XP and I think you will be doing the same as well when you can't get games to run. However, for the first time, Microsoft is offering an OS upgrade that's equally acceptable to newbie Windows 98 users and Windows NT/2000 power users. This release is so feature rich it's hard to wrap one's mind around it all, and no amount of description can outdo the benefits of actual use. As you use Windows XP, you will find yourself discovering new features again and again, and you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.


Not that there aren't problems, of course. There are small graphical glitches, such as when the once-rounded corners of the Start menu, for example, are straightened out with little black triangles. This seems to happen to me with each install, eventually, and maybe it's just my video card. The little balloon help that appears when a new program has been installed doesn't seem to want to go away, and it appears almost every time I log on. The tray icon hiding feature resets each time you reboot, rather than working as you'd expect each time you turn on the system. And even though you can change Start menu links to be menus, they don't cascade out past the upper level. So, for example, if you change My Documents to be a menu, you can see the contents of the My Documents folder from the Start menu, but you can't drill down further than that without opening a window. Also, my sound sometimes would skip when playing music. I believe these are caused from the old and buggy Windows 2000 Storage Controller.


None of these complaints are showstoppers, and I expect many of these issues to be addressed before Windows XP is out. Most actually might be fixed already! But overall, Windows XP is of surprisingly high quality for a product that's been in development for little over a year. Folks, this is the real thing: Windows XP is the version of Windows we've all been waiting for. Just don't hurry so much if you do not have the newest hardware. Let Windows XP go through some updates before you grab it from the shelves for about $300!


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