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Submission + - How Many Windows Crashes is Too Many?

theReal-Hp_Sauce writes: I've owned some form of PC nearly all my life, but all of them have come to me used, promptly modified (upgraded), and never with a new copy of Windows on them. This changed last week with my purchase of a new Laptop. From the time I brought it home that night to the time I put it down before sleep I was installing new software, adding bookmarks, testing out games, etc., and during that time I managed to crash it 7 or 8 times.

This to me is just normal Windows activity and I didn't think it was even remotely odd until I mentioned it in passing to my mother who seemed quite surprised and upset that a new computer could be that unstable. At first I blamed it on my tendency to ignore warnings like "we strongly recommend that you close all other programs while running this install" and my willingness to multitask a computer to its limits. Now though, I'm beginning to wonder, is this normal for a Windows XP Media Edition machine? How often do my fellow Slashdot readers Windows machines crash? What is "normal" and "tolerated" and what is extreme when it comes to Microsoft?

Intel CPUs are not defective, they just act that way. -- Henry Spencer