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Old 06-04-03, 01:16 PM
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Which OS is better? XP or Win2K?

Which do you recommend? My system has finally given up on Win98 and I can't get some stuff to run reliably.

I'm going to get an Intel 2.4 P4 with the 800MHz FSB. Not interested in AMD (see above for polite reason).

I'd prefer minimal overhead for the OS. I would expect that both are stable given how long they've both been out.

Any recommendations on which 'flavor' to run is appreciated.
 
Old 06-04-03, 01:18 PM
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No reason I can imagine to go with 2k when XP has all the stability and more compatibility with various applications. On a computer that fast you'll likely not have any issues with it.
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Old 06-04-03, 01:24 PM
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Old 06-04-03, 01:25 PM
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And there's no reason I can imagine not to go with Win2K other than for better multimedia support and better dual monitor support.

Win2K has been out much longer and really is more stable right now.
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Old 06-04-03, 01:34 PM
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Putting aside that XP's UI looks like it was designed by Christopher Lowell, I've found no reason to move from 2K to XP. You'll probably be happy with either.

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Old 06-04-03, 02:05 PM
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from a tech support side.. XP has some awesome features
from a gaming side.. as long as your cards all have xp support, xp is the way to go
from a stability side.. 2k still have an advantage.. partly because it has had more time for the bugs to be service packed out
from a cost side.. whichever you have available, cheapest


btw.. with all my xp systems.. the first thing I do is turn off the xp gui and put it back to classic mode
that gui is horrible
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Old 06-04-03, 02:08 PM
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I'm all about XP. And I even use the XP gui, which I have no problem with.
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Old 06-04-03, 02:31 PM
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Why do you guys hate on GUI? I think that XP is awesome! And Longhorn looks even better because the GUI is now rendered using the 3D capabilities of your video card.
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Old 06-04-03, 02:42 PM
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Old 06-04-03, 02:45 PM
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Never had any issues with Win2k, so there's no reason to upgrade for me. I started using XP on my sister's new computer and I'm not a huge fan.

PS - anyone using XP, search about one of the Updates which can cause your machine to slow down. Uninstalled the update on my sisters computer and the machine is so much quicker now.
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Old 06-04-03, 03:08 PM
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Originally posted by Brain Stew
Why do you guys hate on GUI? I think that XP is awesome! And Longhorn looks even better because the GUI is now rendered using the 3D capabilities of your video card.
because they made it too 'idiot proof'
very childish.. lacks the ease of use for a power user, because its created with a common user in mind
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Old 06-04-03, 03:11 PM
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Originally posted by twikoff
because they made it too 'idiot proof'
very childish.. lacks the ease of use for a power user, because its created with a common user in mind
That's for sure!

It looks like they're trying to appeal to the pre-teen crowd.
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Old 06-04-03, 05:06 PM
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As someone who professionally manages 350 PCs with Windows 2000 installed, and uses XP on his personal PCs (both home and work), perhaps I can give you my thoughts.

When I first installed XP, I HATED it. In fact, I uninstalled it and re-installed 2000. I told everyone who was thinking of switching not to. While I did use it, I switched it to the "Classic" interface, since it was just like 2000.

Eventually, due to some gaming needs, I gave XP another try, with the XP interface. After using it for a couple of months, I can tell you that I will NEVER go back to 2000. When I work on a 2000 PC at work, I long for the XP features and interface. A few of my 2000 machines blue screen on a daily basis...I've NEVER had my XP BSOD on me. When a program won't run properly, you can usually get it to work using one of the compatibility modes. Having the recently used programs just above the Start button is brilliant.

Bottom line: it takes some getting used to. Give yourself a month or two to settle into it before you make a final judgment about it. And the bottom, bottom line is: why would you put an outdated OS on a new PC? The fact is, the day is coming when Microsoft won't support 2000 anymore. In the PC world, it's important to embrace the future.
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Old 06-04-03, 05:11 PM
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I have really gotten to like the XP interface over time as well. My machine is almost 7 years old and yet it runs XP flawlessly and is now faster and more stable than ever.

*Major* caveat though: clean installations are a must.
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Old 06-04-03, 05:18 PM
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what good point could possibly be made about the xp interface
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Old 06-04-03, 05:58 PM
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XP all the way. I will never go back to W2K.
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Old 06-04-03, 08:12 PM
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XP....though i will echo the clean install.

I am running all 2003 stuff on my backup system (clocked at 367mhz) with decent ram..and it runs suprisingly well.

I was SO use to w2k..that XP was clumsy for quite awhile..but now when I use w2k..I wonder why I didn't change sooner. I still run into some, "Where the heck is that?"..but i can switch to classic mode and usually find it.

Also...2002 apps are much better than the 2000. There are some features in 2002 that spoil me. (Especially in Office, and project)

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Old 06-04-03, 08:29 PM
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Originally posted by pedagogue
Also...2002 apps are much better than the 2000. There are some features in 2002 that spoil me. (Especially in Office, and project)
All the 2002 (or so-called "XP") versions run just fine with Win2K.
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Old 06-04-03, 08:41 PM
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Originally posted by pedagogue

Also...2002 apps are much better than the 2000. There are some features in 2002 that spoil me. (Especially in Office, and project)

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funny
we absolutly hate office xp, and actually uninstalled and went back to 2k
again, i think they made it too idiot proof.. its great for our users that have no idea what they are doing.. but our advanced users have alot of problems with office xp crashing when they run advanced macros.
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Old 06-04-03, 08:48 PM
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I need my idiot proof OS and Office suite
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Old 06-04-03, 08:59 PM
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Originally posted by breaux124

PS - anyone using XP, search about one of the Updates which can cause your machine to slow down. Uninstalled the update on my sisters computer and the machine is so much quicker now.
And they have updated the update to correct that issue.
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Old 06-04-03, 09:54 PM
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colossus- to answer your question more directly
you are fine with either one.. its 6 one way, half a dozen the other

maybe let price be your guide?

as you said.. you want minimal overhead.. i guess that points more towards 2k.. because xp is all about bells and whistles

but you wont be disappointed with either one
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Old 06-05-03, 01:03 AM
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I never had any problems with 2k, but was curious as to how XP worked...after a few months of it - promptly switched back to 2k.

2k is more stable, quicker, and more oriented towards the power user. XP is for the masses - it's all bells and whistles which slow it down.

I love 2k and see absolutely no reason to go back to XP.
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Old 06-05-03, 08:03 AM
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I use both and have no problems with either. Win98/ME on the other hand...
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Old 06-05-03, 09:35 AM
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I support ~1750 workstations on my network (~1500 running 2K, ~150 running OS X, ~100 XP ~50 98SE, ~50 Linux, ) and I run XP at home on two of my PCs. It is my opinion that 2k with latest patches is identical to XP at its core. XP adds a pretty interface (which I turn off) and friendly wizards (which I ignore) and will have official support longer than 2K. So, go with XP and if you don't like the interface set it to 'classic' as I did.
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