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Windows Operating System UpgradeWindows Operating System UpgradeRiordan Manufacturing is a plastics parts provider with a global presence that is seeking to match their computer network operating systems needs with a more recent technology. Currently, the company is running Windows 2000 server to support the network and is seeking to evaluate three versions of the Windows operating system: Windows XP Professional, Windows 2003 server, and finally, Windows Vista. Features and benefits of each operating system will be reviewed along with any known disadvantages the three operating systems may have. The discussion will began with a review of Windows XP ...view middle of the document...
Windows XP Professional will provide a dependable computing experience for all business users.
Enhanced Device Driver Verifier
Building on the device driver verifier found with Windows 2000, the Windows XP Professional version will provide even greater stress tests for device drivers.
Device drivers that pass these tests will be the most robust drivers available, which will ensure maximum system stability.
Dramatically Reduced Reboot Scenarios
Eliminates most scenarios that forced end users to reboot in Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 95/98/Me. Also, many software installations will not require reboots.
Users will experience higher levels of system uptime.
Improved Code Protection
Critical kernel data structures are read-only, so that drivers and applications cannot corrupt them. All device driver code is read-only and page protected.
Rogue applications cannot adversely affect core operating system areas.
Side-by-Side DLL Support
Provides a mechanism for multiple versions of individual Windows components to be installed and run "side by side."
This helps to address the "DLL hell" problem by allowing an application written and tested with one version of a system component to continue to use that version even if an application that uses a newer version of the same component is installed.
Windows File Protection
Protects core system files from being overwritten by application installations. If a file is overwritten, Windows File Protection will restore the correct version.
By safeguarding system files, Windows XP Professional mitigates many of the most common system failures encountered in earlier versions of Windows.
A system service that helps users install, configure, track, upgrade, and remove software programs correctly.
Will help minimize user downtime and increase system stability.
Enhanced Software Restriction Policies
Provide administrators a policy-driven mechanism to identify software running in their environment and control its ability to execute. This facility can be used in virus and trojan horse prevention and software lockdown.
Can contribute to improved system integrity, manageability, and, ultimately, lower cost of ownership of the PC.
Preemptive Multitasking Architecture
Designed to allow multiple applications to run simultaneously, while ensuring great system response and stability.
Run your most demanding applications while still experiencing impressive system response time.
Scalable Memory and Processor Support
Supports up to 4 gigabytes (GB) of RAM and up to two symmetric multiprocessors.
Users who need the highest level of performance will be able to work with the latest hardware.
Table 1: List of Windows XP features and benefits (Microsoft TechNet, 2003)Other benefits of Windows XP not mentioned above are to include the WLAN Feature which handles the LAN connectivity. Windows XP's WLAN configuration and security makes it easier for users...