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Is Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 compatible with the Dell Dimension 3000?

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Installation checkup If you already have a copy of XP in your hot little hands and you're not sure yet whether your system is compatible, you'll find the XP Setup routine contains built-in compatibility checking. You can save yourself a lot of headaches if you:

  • Read the compatibility report which is generated automatically at the beginning of the installation and take note of its findings.
  • Remove any items that are likely to cause problems. If the compatibility checker finds any likely problems, uninstall or disable any incompatible software and remove any incompatible hardware (if possible) before continuing. Particular software to watch out for is CD burning software, system utilities and antivirus software. Check the manufacturers' sites for updated drivers and software and install them before trying to run XP Setup once more. And watch out for your USB hardware, as XP seems to be particularly finicky about which USB devices it will support. Once again, check the manufacturers' sites for updated drivers.
  • Abide by any warnings from Windows. I deliberately ignored XP's warning that the USB Smartcard reader I installed was likely to cause problems. The result? A blue screen of death, a series of reboots, and the forced removal of the offending Smartcard reader. (In fact, it gave me a chance to use one of XP's nifty features: Device driver rollback. Worked a treat!)

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