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pct
04-10-2012, 05:01 PM
Hi guys, I hope it's ok to post here. I am wanting to buy a Windows xp cd and key if anyone can help.

Thanks!

icow
04-10-2012, 05:42 PM
Any particular reason you *need* XP?

bob_doe_nz
04-10-2012, 05:51 PM
Also, what version?

pct
04-10-2012, 05:59 PM
I've bought a laptop without an os, so wanting to put xp on it.

I'm not fussy on the version... xp professional would be preferable (is that the best?)

Trev
04-10-2012, 05:59 PM
http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?126489-Windows-XP-Home-Edition-Key
:)

pct
04-10-2012, 06:01 PM
hmm yes I gave up on that idea. bought a new laptop instead.

Agent_24
04-10-2012, 06:23 PM
You bought a new machine because windows didn't get activated?

What?

8ftmetalhaed
04-10-2012, 06:28 PM
you could've installed linux in the meantime or something -_-
that seems like jumping straight from guns to nukes

pct
04-10-2012, 06:29 PM
Well my old desktop was 10+ years old, wanted a laptop too...wasn't the main reason but my trial of XP ran out... so yep, bought a laptop. And in case you're wondering the windows disc i had before was for an old dell laptop which was what stuffed things up for me because it was not the same model computer..wish i had known that before installing.

8ftmetalhaed
04-10-2012, 06:31 PM
yeah the dell disc would have been OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and they're pretty well locked to whoever made the laptop.
You can get an OEM license new and use it, but you're stuffed if you try and then transfer it.

What's the specs on the new one anyway?

pct
04-10-2012, 06:39 PM
ah ok, thanks for that 8ftmetalhaed

1.8GHz 1gb 80gb hdd ...probably not the best specs in the world but it was cheap!

icow
04-10-2012, 08:11 PM
Edit: Windows 8 RTM

Nomad
05-10-2012, 09:01 AM
24 months ago approx, I bought a maybe 3yr old laptop, more portable version / tablet. 1.6Ghz, 4GB, 12" screen etc. If you can up the RAM you could just go with Win7. Mine works faultlessly.

pct
05-10-2012, 11:06 PM
would love windows 7......wish I could afford to buy a copy!!

Nick G
06-10-2012, 08:00 AM
would love windows 7......wish I could afford to buy a copy!!
Maybe wail until windows 8 comes out? It (wim7) might get cheaper then, not certain though.

Agent_24
06-10-2012, 11:59 AM
Linux? ;)

pct
06-10-2012, 01:59 PM
Linux might be the go...is that the same as Ubuntu? think i have a disc of that around here somewhere....

Speedy Gonzales
06-10-2012, 02:02 PM
Ubuntu is a distro of linux. There's a lot of versions of linux that you can get

Nick G
06-10-2012, 03:48 PM
Linux might be the go...is that the same as Ubuntu? think i have a disc of that around here somewhere....
Ubuntu is a subset of linux. Others include linux mint, OpenSUSE, or red hat.

8ftmetalhaed
06-10-2012, 03:52 PM
And a number of them are lightweight enough to run very quickly, even on an older system such as that which you've got.

(though make no mistake, they are not as user friendly as windows. they'll do alot more if you want them to, but you might have to put some work in to figure out how to do it. you CAN just install it and rock on for the most part, but there are some things that do require fiddling.
Browsing, basic games, office stuff, video, music, etc are all typically available with pre installed or easily installed apps though)

pct
06-10-2012, 10:25 PM
thanks for the help guys! sorry for turning this into a linux thread but was wondering...

What is the best of Linux...? I have an Ubuntu cd but I think you can install them off a USB, so which is the best to go for?? Most user friendly etc...

thx again...

Nick G
07-10-2012, 08:37 AM
thanks for the help guys! sorry for turning this into a linux thread but was wondering...

What is the best of Linux...? I have an Ubuntu cd but I think you can install them off a USB, so which is the best to go for?? Most user friendly etc...

thx again...
Out of the distros I've tried so far, I found linux mint mate to be user friendly, but I had some problems on mine (think it was something I did) and switched to OpenSUSE. Not as user friendly, but I really like it. Try reading through this (http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?126670-Linux-Questions) thread, it might be useful.

gary67
07-10-2012, 08:52 AM
Definatley give Mint a look I also use Puppy which I can run off my USB stick

Agent_24
07-10-2012, 09:56 AM
I'm on Xubuntu at the moment. Gone off Ubuntu due to Unity.

Might switch to Linux Mint with MATE later...

Rod J
08-10-2012, 06:01 PM
I'm on Xubuntu at the moment. Gone off Ubuntu due to Unity.

Might switch to Linux Mint with MATE later...

;) Agree with you regarding Unity. I tried to like it for a while but gave up on it eventually. Now I'm quite happy using Kubuntu which is a more traditional desktop environment using KDE. I don't know why more people don't try KDE ... I think it's much better than Gnome.

@pct: Given you're laptop specs (especially if the CPU isn't a dual core) I would go for Xubuntu or Lubuntu. My niece had a P4 2.8Ghz 512Mb 40Gb running Xubuntu 10.04 quite nicely.

Agent_24
08-10-2012, 06:28 PM
I used to like KDE back with version 3. Then came KDE 4 and the whole thing was too puffy and laggy for my taste. So I switched to Gnome 2.

Then they killed that off in favour of the puffy and laggy Unity \ Gnome 3

So then I switched to XFCE.


If XFCE turns into a piece of junk, I will no doubt switch again.

Erayd
08-10-2012, 08:41 PM
Then came KDE 4 and the whole thing was too puffy and laggy for my taste.They released it as 4.0 long before it was ready, and drove away a lot of users as a result. They then spent the next few point releases fixing some rather major bugs.

Thankfully, those issues were sorted out quite some time ago, and KDE 4 is now largely bug-free, stable, and fairly light with its resource requirements. Give 4.8 / 4.9 a try - I suspect you'll be pleasantly surprised :thumbs:.