Ok, I am considering finally getting ME off my system and going to XP.
My system runs pretty good ( I try to keep it as clean and lean as possible) except for all the ME quirks that are well known: error screens, restarts, improper shutdows, software conflicts, etc.
I was going to wait untill I got/built a new system but that isnt going to happen anytime soon. And I think it (my current hardware) can handle XP fairly well. (as far as system requirements go)
I have a gateway computer that I bought back in 2000. AMD800 (Gateway Select 800)
I upgraded my RAM to 320MB and I have a whopping 15 gigs HD ( I am only using 5g tho)
I want to completly clear my system and do a clean install. I am ready to burn all my files to CD that I want to keep as well as downloads (firewall,AV, etc)
I remember crashing once back in 2001 and I had to reinstall the OS. I had Gateway techs help me on the phone and remeber doing what they called "writing Zeros to the hard drive" ? is this getting as clean as an install as you can get? I want to start as clean as possible as though the harware components were new.
Would this mean flashing new Bios? How would I do it?
I want to know if I can just put an XP disk in and follow directions?
Also, which XP do I want?
Pro or Home? SP2? , Upgrade? , OEM?, XP64?, (can it run on my system? and then be used on a new upgraded dual core system later)
Where is a good /cheap site to order it? I am not a gamer. I run a small business and like to use my computer for research, photos, surfing etc. I usually multi-multi task, having to much going at once.
I do not network or have wireless connections etc. I'd like something that I can later load onto a new system.
I noticed here:
that the home edition is DVD ( I only have CDROM and CDR-RW drives) whats up with that?
Is there any new OS's that I should wait for? Do I want XP? Is the firewall any good? Can everthing be controlled? I like to do all updating manually ( I do manual updates more often than automatic anyways; AV, OS, etc)
Most of these reasons aren't for me:
Should I wait till I can build a dual core pc and get something better?
what about XP media center? is it all XPPro and then some?
Are there any major issues I need to be aware of? Other than that I should build a new system.
I am researching as much as I can but I completely respect all the answers I find here.
Thanks for your time and efforts,