UPS and software

I have an APC 725 UPS on a Windows XP Pro desktop system. The UPS came with "Powerchute" software to shut the PC down in the event of power failure.

It seems that XP will do that on its own if set correctly. Is there really any benefit to installing the Powerchute software?

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Other than a better GUI, none.  There may be a few additional features,  but the built in UPS features of XP will suffice to shut down the PC correctly.

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Depending on PowerChute version, you get more options. UPS also can be managed over network (PowerChute Business Edition). If you need only basic functionality - you can use default WinXP software (written by APC, btw).
U can monitor ur UPS using the s/w... version specific. I had no prob with the Powerchute s/w so I install it.
capttomAuthor Commented:
I'm accepting DMOZ's answer. I really don't need the extra features and certainly don't need something else running in the tray.

Thanks for your time!
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