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Chapter 2. Getting Your Hardware and Sof... > Tips from the Windows Pros: Shopping...

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 upgrade such as Windows XP. Here are some personal notes.

When I want to use one of my old utilities or applications for my Windows XP 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. Under Windows 98, 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. When I upgraded to 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. Although Windows XP has native compression included, like Windows 98 Plus! and Windows Me, you might want to use WinZip or Turbo Zip if you are familiar with them and like them.


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