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Tips from the Windows Pros: Shopping for the Right Hardware and Software

Many people ask how I decide what hardware and software to purchase or discard when preparing for an operating system update such as Windows 2000 Professional. Here are some personal notes.

When I want to use one of my old utilities or applications for my Windows 2000 Professional machine, I first check to see whether what I want to do is already covered by some other program. A better mousetrap is always around. Consider zip utilities, for example. I used to use DOS-based zip programs; then I moved on to WinZip. Until Windows 2000 Professional, I used Windows 98 Plus! which includes native support for zip in the GUI, so I could zip and unzip right in the Explorer interface. Come Windows 2000 Professional, and I was wondering what to use. I popped onto the Web and did a search or two and came across Turbo Zip. I think the link said something about working with NT, so I gave it a shot. Now I'm using Turbo Zip. It works fine under NT and Windows 2000 Professional.


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