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Old 01-08-02, 08:41 AM
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Which OS: Win 2000 or XP

I'm putting together a new system, and I'm trying to decide which OS to install. My available choices are:
Win 98 (full install)
Win XP (upgrade)
Win 2000 (full install)

This is for home use, so my concern is whether 2000, being basically a trickd-out version of NT, might cause any type of incompatibility issues with games, etc. I know NT originally wasn't completely compatible with a lot of gaming software, but I know it is much more stable than 98 or XP

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system specs?

if your system can handle it, and games are your main concern.. go with xp..

if your system cant handle it, and games are your main concern, go with 98.. if games arent your main concern, go with 2k.
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btw.. 2k is way more then a tricked out version of nt4

nt4 had alot of gaming problems because you could not use higher then directx 4 with it


2k does not have that problem.. and most games run find under 2k.. but not all..


basically everything (excluding dos based games) will work under xp, since xp gives you the option to run in backwards modes
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Originally posted by twikoff
system specs?

1.4 ghz AMD
256 mb RAM
64mb Video card

I'm not a game freak, but I do play some every once in a while, as does my daughter. My concern about 2000 is that it's primarily designed as a business OS, and my cause "home" software compatibility issues as I understand that NT does/did.
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Originally posted by 12thmonkey


1.4 ghz AMD
256 mb RAM
64mb Video card

I'm not a game freak, but I do play some every once in a while, as does my daughter. My concern about 2000 is that it's primarily designed as a business OS, and my cause "home" software compatibility issues as I understand that NT does/did.
thats plenty of power, definitly go with xp
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Yep, second that.

Originally posted by twikoff


thats plenty of power, definitly go with xp
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I havent used 2000. But have had experience with XP and 98(SE) and ME.

Of the 3 the most stable was obviously XP. Most game/app compatable being 98(SE). But i stuck with ME because it was the one that i got most used to. It's been quiet stable for me thus far, contrary to many reports from others...


Go with XP.
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Re: Which OS: Win 2000 or XP

Originally posted by 12thmonkey
This is for home use, so my concern is whether 2000, being basically a trickd-out version of NT, might cause any type of incompatibility issues with games, etc. I know NT originally wasn't completely compatible with a lot of gaming software, but I know it is much more stable than 98 or XP
2000 is NT5, it is not the same as NT4. NT4 is not compatible with a lot of games because the last DirectX made for NT4 is DirectX3 (and all the the recent games, and even older games, require a new version of DirectX). But I think you can you use DirectX for win2k in NT4 (some people I knew did it).

XP is basically NT5.5 (or NT5.1... you get the point ) with a better compatibility mode for older Windows version.

With your spec I would definately go for XP.

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