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Upgrading Windows


If your computer's motherboard allows for one of the new chips that support SP2's DEP technology, or you already have one, here are some helpful Windows XP buying guides and resource sites:

Before installing Windows, check your computer's hardware and software for compatibility.

If you can get your tech support from somewhere other than Microsoft, I recommend getting the full OEM version of Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 or the full OEM version of Windows XP Media Center 2005. If you're a student or teacher, look for the discounted academic version. (The Full version avoids the problems the Upgrade version can cause and the OEM CD is half the price of the retail CD - no manual or tech support from Microsoft.)

CAUTION: Read customers' reviews of the stores first, especially the complaints, before buying the CD.

Buying a Computer


If your computer's motherboard doesn't allow for one of the new chips that support SP2's DEP technology, and you'd rather buy a new computer than a new motherboard and CPU, here are some helpful computer buying guides:

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