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The Build Or Buy Group Network
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Dateline: Wed 5-30-2001
BBPC: BuildOrBuy - PC Computer Technology News Updates

Today we Build Athlon PCs! The following Topics & Links are in response to questions from our Presentation  / Discussions last week @ BuildOrBuy. Additional PC Computer Technology News Updates as they occur.


GUI O/S Futures & Support (Microsoft):  To XP or Xnai? That IS the question!
Windows Desktop Product Lifecycle Guideline Support For Business

Microsoft Product Lifecycle Roadmap:

Applying the Product Lifecycle Guidelines to their current Windows desktop operating systems, the following products are scheduled to transition between 12.31.00 and 12.31.02.

Desktop O/S entering Extended phase (effective date):

  • Windows 95  (12.31.00)* available through downgrade rights in Volume Licensing.

  • Windows 98 / 98 SE  (06.30.02)* Same as above.
  • Windows NT 4.xx  (06.30.02) Ditto.

Desktop O/S entering Non-Supported phase (effective date):

Windows XP Preliminary System Requirements: 
To use Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional Beta 2, you need:

  • CPU - 300 MHz or higher processor clock speed recommended; minimum of 233MHZ required (single or dualprocessor system)*

    • Intel Pentium/Celeron family, or AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor
  • RAM - 128 MB of RAM or higher recommended; minimum of 64 MB of RAM (may have limited performance with some features or applications)*
  • HD - Minimum of 1.5 GB of available hard disk space*
  • Video - SVGA (800 x 600) or higher resolution video adapter and monitor recommended; VGA resolution minimum required
  • Keyboard - 
  • Mouse - Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device 
  • CD-ROM or DVD Drive 
  • Floppy - None Mentioned!

    Windows XP Options:
    Recommended Peripherals: 

  • NIC - Network adapter if using Windows XP on a local area or home network 

  • Modem - 14.4 Kbps or higher-baud telephone/FAX modem, cable modem, or DSL modem for Internet access.
  • Audio - Sound card and speakers or headphones

    For DVD video playback:  

  • DVD-ROM Drive 

  • Compatible DVD decoder card or DVD decoder software 
  • 8 MB Video RAM 


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