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Special Edition: Buying The Right PC

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Buying The Right PC
2. Today's Top Story
    - Fred Langa's 10 Critical Factors When Buying A New PC
3. Related Insights
    - Langa Letter: A Complete PC Maintenance Checklist
    - Langa Letter: A Must-Have Repair And Recovery Tool
    - Langa Letter: Laptop Setup Secrets
4. White Paper: Windows XP
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1. Editor's Note: Buying The Right PC

On certain occasions, we feel we have original content of such value that it warrants a separate version of our daily newsletter to make you aware of it. Today is one of those days.

In the latest column from regular contributor Fred Langa, we have Fred's unparalleled insights on the key factors a PC buyer should evaluate when purchasing new desktop hardware. Given that we've just kicked off a new year and many individuals and companies are likely considering new PC purchases, we feel this is a column you shouldn't miss.

Fred notes that the purchase decision is a bit more complex than usual, in part because of Microsoft's forthcoming Vista version of Windows. He's looking to help you preserve any investment you make while balancing that investment against the retirement of Windows XP: "No matter what the final life-cycle dates are, the fact is that XP is getting along in age; it's fully mainstream, and is at best entering the last half of its expected life span," he writes. "Therefore, it'd be wise to spec any new PCs you buy now so they'll be able to work with XP's successors or alternatives."

Fred goes on to enumerate many other factors that he'd consider, including CPU and memory, graphics and video, hard drives, removable media, and more.

We welcome your feedback on Fred's latest insights, and we encourage you to interact with him on this or other topics in his discussion forum.

Tom Smith

2. Today's Top Story

Langa Letter: 10 Critical Factors When Buying A New PC
Fred Langa outlines and explains his top decision points when purchasing new desktop hardware.

3. Related Insights

Langa Letter: A Complete PC Maintenance Checklist
Fred Langa offers a comprehensive plan for keeping your PC in absolute top-notch condition.

Langa Letter: A Must-Have Repair And Recovery Tool
If you ever have to recover files from an unbootable drive or try to bring a dead PC back to life, here's a free, zero-footprint tool you shouldn't be without, Fred Langa says.

Langa Letter: Laptop Setup Secrets
You can gain space, security, and performance with these time-tested tricks for setting up a portable PC, Fred Langa says.

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4. White Paper: Windows XP

Theater Chain Selects Windows XP Embedded Over Linux, Significantly Reduces TCO (by Microsoft)
Regal is reducing costs and improving manageability by deploying Microsoft Windows XP Embedded. The move follows a migration of the company's corporate IT systems from Novell to Microsoft Windows Server System.

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