Help, Which OS Do I Need?

By Bisirko
Apr 6, 2007
  1. I have an AMD opteron 170 with the asus A8n32 deluxe SLI. Im gonna reformat my whimpy 80gb HD and I need a new OS for it. I heard I can get the full version somewhere for around 100 bucks, but i dunno what that SP1/SP2 stuff means, or which one to get cuz there are versions out there from 100-200 $ and they all read to be the same thing. I just want the full basic Home xp edition with updates and all, cuz im starting from scratch. Some1 give me some advice please. Plus I have an e-machines xp home key, can i get a copy from a friend and use that to save some money?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,130   +982

    If you can get a copy of XP/Home SP2, DO SO NOW!

    When you run the Windows Update from Microsoft the first time, you will
    still get a TON of updates -- I did this for a friend and we DL/Installed 76 updates --
    which is why we used my hispeed cable access to an ISP!

    If you buy an official Box Copy of the OS, it will come with its own license key.
  3. Bisirko

    Bisirko TS Rookie Topic Starter

    does it matter if its OEM or full retail version?
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,130   +982

    Not really, but the Retail will allow an install on almost ANY system.
    The OEMs are ususally tailored to a specific hardware vendor.
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