||[Jul. 31st, 2003|08:30 am]
Well it took a while, but XP installed on my Celeron 466 MHZ computer.
Of course, a problem-free install was not to be. After I installed Service Pack 1, Windows Update stopped working. I flailed around a while trying various fixes suggested by Microsoft to no avail, so then I just reinstalled XP from scratch on top of XP, which seems to have done the trick -- I left update running when I went to work this morning ... I did download a registry cleaner which found all sorts of gobbledygook in the registry so maybe that helped.
I did learn
something interesting something about how Windows Update works: It depends on Windows scripting, and script files have a '.js' extension. One thing certainly wrong with my system the first time I installed XP was that the file association for '.js' files got lost, so they were set to get opened by Notepad.exe. Notepad, for all it's virtues, doesn't know shit about installing Windows patches. That might be why I haven't gotten the Echo Mia drivers to install yet. I'm hoping I won't have any trouble with that.
Another XP anecdote -- I was helping someone at work today, who has one of those cute IBM thinkpads with the 12" LCD. I noticed she was running XP, so I looked at Control Panel/System and it turns out she's running a 500Mhz PIII with 180 Mbytes of memory. It didn't seem that slow either, and it got even faster when I showed her how to turn off all the visual effects. I wouldn't be eager to run XP on anything slower than my 466 Celeron, but I bet you could do OK for everyday email and webbrowsing stuff in XP on a PII 233MHZ with 128Mbytes of memory. It would just take a long time to boot and get the browser and Outlook open. So Microsoft may have done a better job with XP than anyone's giving them credit for.