Should You Upgrade?

 
 
By Ben Gottesman  |  Posted 2001-10-30 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

When your car is no longer the latest model, do you immediately replace it? If so, then go out and get yourself Windows XP.

When your car is no longer the latest model, do you immediately replace it? If so, then go out and get yourself Windows XP. Now! (Better yet, go get a brand-new computer with Windows XP preinstalled.)

For the rest of us, the decision to upgrade to Windows XP is not so straightforward. Theres little question that this is Microsofts best operating system to date, but that doesnt mean you have to buy it. As our editor-in-chief, Michael J. Miller, notes above, Windows XP is a significant improvement over Windows 98 and Me, Microsofts consumer versions of Windows.

The OS even has some useful enhancements to Windows 2000, the operating system on which Windows XP is based. But for most people, the earlier operating systems generally work fine, and putting a new operating system on a PC always involves a degree of pain. So if it aint broke....



 
 
 
 
Ben Gottesman Executive Editor Ben Gottesman is the PC Magazine executive editor overseeing feature stories on Web development and infrastructure, as well as the Solutions and Internet Professional sections. In the past, he has also been in charge of software and Internet features. Gottesman has been with PC Magazine for nearly nine years, the first seven of which were spent in PC Magazine Labs, initially as the project leader for software reviews and then as technical director. Previously, Gottesman was manager of software compatibility testing at the National Software Testing Laboratories in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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