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I wonder about the iPad./ I was talking to someone while waiting at the doctor's office about the latest phones with screens and keyboards etc and then was told about what the iPad can do.
It sounded very fascinating. I am inclined to get one but would like to ask a question of someone who has one or is knowlegable. Is the Apple product amenable to being used with a Microsoft/WindowsXP computer ?

I don't know very much about this item but it sounds so enticing. I have researched on the apple pages but they don't tell me too much. The one I looked at was around $500 so I don't want to spend and then find it is incompatible with what I now have in my PC. Does this make any sense???

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I just made a phone call to the Apple Store to see if they have any information on whether or not the iPad is compatible with a Windows XP computer. The representative I spoke to mentioned that she thinks it is compatible as long as the latest version of the iTunes program (that is used to transfer music from a computer to the iPad or iPod) is installed, but that the iPad page on the Apple website should have more information on the exact details.

I came across this page about the iPad;

Apple: iPad Technical Specifications

Towards the middle of the page, on the right side, it mentions the requirements for a Windows computer. The iPad is compatible with Windows XP, but only if XP has "Service Pack 3" installed on it.

This page seems to have some information about how to find which Service Pack your computer has: class blockquote Click on Start and then Control Panel.

Click on the Performance and Maintenance link.

Note: If you're viewing the Classic View of Control Panel, you won't see this link. Simply double-click on the System icon and proceed to Step 4.

In the Performance and Maintenance window, click on the System Control Panel icon at the bottom of the window.

When the System Properties window opens it should default to the General tab. If not, choose it manually.

In the System: area of the General tab you'll find the operating system version and the service pack level. See the screen shot on this page for an idea of what you're looking for.

Note: If you don't have any service pack installed, you won't see "Service Pack 0" or "Service Pack None" - there will be no reference to a service pack at all.
If "Service Pack 3" or a higher version is listed on that page, then it seems like your computer should be compatible with the iPad.

In addition, I think the Apple page mentioned that in addition to Windows XP with Service Pack 3, the computer should also have a "USB 2.0 port" (which you need to connect the iPad to the computer) as well as iTunes Version 9.1 or later.

Hope this method to check the Service Pack level will work! Some of the other pages I found on the internet had some really complex solutions, but this website seemed to have the easiest and fastest method. emoticon


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Dear Greg,
Many thanks for your info. You are always so kind. I really don't want to use the iPad for music. In fact at this moment I am not sure just what I would want to do except for being able to use it for the Web and maybe getting on to sites or blogs that I now find on my PC. That is why I wondered about being compatible with Windows. I think I have the Service packs. My wonderful techician friend set it all up for me when he made the whole new PC and I really have no doubt he did all the necessary add ons. I'd like the iPad when I am in the living room watching TV...
the thing is I love gadgets and I have to restrain myself or I would have a roomful of them. I got a laptop about two years ago. I was in the thoes of chemo and I must say my brain was definitely affected ! ! I bought things without really wanting or needing them. Gave the laptop away and was afterwards sorry I also gave away my little separate mouse that I could have used later.
I don't have such affection for cell phones so I can keep my wallet closed there, altho I must say that Samsung screen phone was very tempting..It has a pull out keyboard and it really is like a miniature computer.
No No No.... must pay the property taxes first....

thanks so much Greg I will delve into all that information you gave. :-)
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You're very welcome, Peggy! emoticon That sounds great, if your version of Windows XP has Service Pack 3 installed, then it should be compatible with the iPad. As long as you have the USB 2.0 port on your computer, then I think your computer should be fully compatible with the iPad.

I don't own an iPad, but I agree, they certainly seem to have quite a lot of new features, don't they? Yes, it is indeed like a mini-laptop. Even if you don't end up using it for music, I think you will be able to access the internet as well your e-mail account from the iPad. Hopefully your computer will be compatible with the iPad so that it can be easily configured if you decide to purchase the iPad.
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Hi Greg,
Despite all your info and my searches I now find myself struggling with Windows 7. I really don't like it and since it has been installed I have lost many files that I hve downloaded over the past fifteen years or so. They show up on the list, but state 'File empty' ... also some files that are supposed to be OK will not play. I am not a happy camper.

I also find that if I download something from MU or ME it will go ahead and as soon as it is finished the window immediately disappears and I can't find the download anywhere. So weird. I can download a torrent file thank goodness and I am doing the 'Gou' drama with the English Subs at the moment. (On d-addicts.)

As for the iPad...I am holding off. It really is a toy which I should not bother with. I don't travel far very often and I think that seems to be the main advantage for people. Right now I am learning how to use a Samsung camera. Very small which makes the icons hard to read but I am getting used to it and I have a fixation on the beautiful sunsets we are having. Shall have a collection of photos of that soon !! I have never been a camera lover so this is quite new for me. I like it very much.
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Sorry to hear that about your experiences with Windows 7, Peggy. Many people I've spoken to about the Windows 7 operating system have also had a disappointing experience with it. I think that's one of the reasons I switched over from a Windows to a Mac laptop last year. It took a very long time for me to get used to the new and different features (in fact, I'm still getting used to it! LOL!) but I do like it. But the general consensus among the people I've asked about Windows 7 is that they are rather disappointed with it, and it appears that many people are experiencing problems with it.

I wish I could help you with the Windows 7 problems you've been experiencing, but unfortunately, I've never used this new version of Windows and have no personal experience with it, so I'm not sure how much I could help. If only things on Windows 7 were as simple as Windows XP!

I think you've made the right choice about the iPad. I'm not planning on purchasing one, either. I've noticed that lately, many people have been purchasing portable "e-readers." I don't know, they may be convenient, but I really prefer reading an actual book rather than a screen with an electronic version of it. Your new Samsung camera sounds great, though! How wonderful that you've had a chance to take pictures of the sunsets with it. A camera is always nice.
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Hi Greg. thought I would let you know that I am now very comfortable using Windows 7. It really does do a lot more than XP. Also today I was seeing my eyedoctor and lo and behold he had an iPad with some of my information stored. He was showing me what he could do with this pad and suggested I might find it useful to improve my reading ability which is now nil with books and newspapers. He showed me how to magnify stuff with one of the aps. However he suggested also new power lens for reading glasses..... then told me to go to an optomety doctor who can show me all sorts of electronic things which might help my vision.My doctor has done all kinds of surgery on my eyes over many years and there is no more he can do there except use a laser now and then to clear awy any 'stuff ' whichis blocking. It's an ongoing things with glaucoma etc. However I might go and see his friend just to see all the toys he has which can be useful for eyesight.
I looked up iPads on the Internet and they do look very interesting. Very expensive however.... I may just go with the power glasses.!
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Glad to hear you are feeling comfortable with Windows 7 now, Peggy! A relative of mine recently purchased the iPad and she loves it. It is quite expensive, but according to her it is a great investment. The power glasses are great, but at least you can watch J-/K-dramas on the iPad! emoticon
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