Its the most stable software put out buy Microsoft to date, it has not blue screened for me yet. People say it hogs resources but it no worse than any other OS IMHO. It does have some rather nasty security holes "right out of the box" that need to be fixed via patches ASAP.
It was my OS of choice up until about 3 weeks ago, Im now liking RedHat 7.3 allot more. But you need an MS OS if your gonna game, since I dont .. no problem -- but thats not the case with everyone. XP's my pick for MS users because it offers Win2k's stability with Win98Se's game play ability.
index.dat is hidden by default and marked system so it cannot be deleted easily. It can be done however.
As far as hacking ... you will need a firewall and antivirus software not having either can easily lead to an exploited system. Be it direct port attack or backdoor programs that have infected your system calling out.
Redhat 8.0: I tried to get the iso's but it appears half the planet is on the ftp servers so no luck yet. I like 7.3 anyway dont really want a drastic chage. Im suprised you liked 7.0 redhat, I heard it was plagued with kernel problems and was the worse redhat release to date ? Any truth in that?
At first I didnt like XP but I really wanted to try something else. Now I have been on it for about a month and I really like it. If your computer is a little older make sure you check out the HCL on MSofts site though to make sure everything will work with XP. Maybey check to make sure your programs are XP compatible also, lots of manufactures released patches to make their programs work but others just want you to upgrade to the new version and give them more money. Thats when I turned to Kazaa Lite.
When I installed XP on my Dell thats a year old my Direct CD burning software wasnt compatible, my Norton AntiVirus 2001 wasnt compatible, and my printer software wasnt compatible. Three pretty important things that I use quite often, werent compatible, and that didnt leave me feeling very happy to start out. However, I traked down some newer and XP compatible versions and now everything has been running pretty darn well.
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