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Why Windows XP Home never blue-screens: if it gets a fatal kernel error, it reboots. You can actually see the blue screen flash up momentarily if your monitor takes a while to change modes. Kind of like the reason you don't get a W2K-style text boot-up menu is because they made the text black-on-black (but left the progress bar white-on-black).

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diglett
Jul. 2nd, 2002 11:38 am (UTC)
I guess this means that if I had XP, my computer would be in a state of perpetual booting and rebooting?
araqnid
Jul. 2nd, 2002 12:11 pm (UTC)
To be fair- XP is a good deal more stable than 98SE as I was previously using, and I'm glad I bought it (although having to dole out £180 to get a reasonably stable OS to play games on caused much gnashing of teeth).
dmh
Jul. 2nd, 2002 12:52 pm (UTC)
My brother told me he ordered the OEM version from Eclipse for £80. They wouldn't sell it without hardware though -- so he ordered a mouse as well. :o)
inferis
Jul. 3rd, 2002 09:32 am (UTC)
bit late, I know, but there's an unscrupulous place down essex road (up from Angel) which sells OEM versions for about 69ukp. They actually burn a CD in front of you and sell it to you with a code booklet thingy and the label pencilled in.

very very very dodgy. This is where an employer of mine (who shall remain nameless) got their software from.
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