XP is simply an FTP client. The latest versions include support for SSL/TLS and several other protocols. When talking about XP behind the firewall you’re just looking at pure XP.
You buy a license for X and somewhere in the future, you’ll want to upgrade to Y so you can use the new nice things you purchased. If you’re wishing to migrate to SSL you’ll need an OpenSSL to XML tool or an OpenSSL to dll tool.
Mapping device ports is straightforward using services. XP uses unexpected APIs quite often and you’ll need to investigate them when writing an application.
1. Hardware Requirements
Before spending too much time considering the software side of things you should consider what hardware you have available.
Depending on the version of XP you’re considering you’ll either be looking at minimum hardware requirements of 200 MHz to 300 MHz clock, 512 MB of RAM to a drive of your choice, and 20 GB of free hard drive space. Sounds like a lot of computing power.
However, keep in mind that similar PCs from the past didn’t require this amount of power and that when buying a PC you should spend the time investigating the specification requirements of your hardware and not the happy bits like “I’m at last! I’m a PC!”
2. Getting Out The Box
So out they come, the box and the CD and DVD and… nada. You’ve got the image of the box and a printed manual that sadly enough doesn’t actually help you very much. You’ve spent hours opening correspondence from clients and waiting for things to load, running system restore, and other desperate measures trying to make my computer work. And you’ve noticed they’re not nearly as expedient as they say.
A computer is a complicated thing you know. There are thousands of bits of information that need to be collected, sometimes by hand and other times with the aid of software. Slowing down of computers due to things like virus attacks or low memory is an all too familiar realization. It shouldn’t be a surprise that with all the software world having what it is that we’re always looking for the fastest connections and….. Here comes the dreaded Windows XP.
What follows is a list of things that absolutely can slow down your computer. Some of them well know, others you may have guessed:
- The computer’s hard drive is almost always full.
- The computer has too many programs installed, and they are running all the time.
- The computer has a spike in the amount of free space it has available.
- The computer has a spike in the amount of fragmentation.
- There are errors in your hard drive, and the drive is experiencing errors at a higher frequency.
So. What do you do? Well, what they all add together gives you a slow computer. Here’s what you need to do to speed up your computer.
3. Check for Discoloration
If your computer is piggy in a rage you may have a visible wait forever for the process to finish. So try to be patient. If it is, then what you need to do is to defragment the drive.
- Open up your start menu, then select “All Programs”.
- Locate the icon for the program you wish to defragment, then click it.
- From the menu that appears, select “Properties”.
- From there click the tab that says “Tools”.
- Click on the button that says “Defragment Now”, then click ok.
Defragmenting your hard drive may take a while, but eventually, your computer will be back near Like new condition. It’s a good thing there is a built-in windows program that does this for you.
4. Clean Up Your Hard Drive
Even after doing all the above, your computer is running slow and you still don’t have a single thing that is running slow, check to be sure that your hard drive is still fragmented.
Fragmentation is when your computer stores information in pieces on the hard drive, anywhere from 50 Dust to 200+ pieces. This means that the hard drive is searching basically for that piece of information the Buzan case or whatever facets it is that make that memory stick.
Defragmenting can reassemble all that information into a recognizable configuration and life again.
- Open up your start menu, then open up the “All Programs” tab.
- From there, open up the “Accessories” tab, then click on “System Tools”.
- Click on the “Disk Defragmenter” and allow it to analyze your disk.