XP, XP Pro, or 2K?


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bluestringer

philo said:
for gaming you will be better off with XP (rather than win2k)

you probably won't need XP pro unless you are into networking


No problems here with Win2k and games. Win2k is also very stable and is
great for networking. XP is just 2K with a pretty face.

bluestringer
 
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Moonlit

Hi,

I have XP-Pro no problems with games so far (an I play a lot of them :) ).
Games that work (for me)

baldurs gate (all four of them).
Torment
alone in the dark
morrowing
duke nukem forever (just kidding ) manhattan project.
grim fandango

Lots of old games with the scumm engine or vmds

A game that didn't work for me was:
Indiana jones and the infernal machine
the seventh guest

I am quite happy with xp.

Regards, Ron AF Greve
 
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John E. Carty

Lets see, no where near the stability of an NT based system, no security...
 
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philo

bern11 said:
I have Win 98 and I'm looking to update. Which works best, XP, XP pro,
or 2K? I use the pc mostly for games and internet.

(I'm a little afraid of XP since ME was such a cluster-f).

for gaming you will be better off with XP (rather than win2k)

you probably won't need XP pro unless you are into networking
 
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Ed Light

Not sure what a cluster-f is, but if you mean that crashes create bad
clusters, I have been running XP Home in FAT 32 and have had some externally
caused lockups that created bad clusters. Since I've converted to NTFS it
has been much more impervious to those. At least, scandisk doesn't report
anything wrong.

Strange, though, in fat 32 scandisk run while XP was running (not on the
next reboot) would find nothing wrong while if I booted to win 98 over on
another partition and checked XP, it would find stuff (after the crashes).

Microsloppy again, but without external causes XP crashes a whole lot less
than 98.

It's able to run Trainz where 98 would crash after a bit. But not at first
when I didn't have my onboard sound disabled while I was running my
soundblaster.
 
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bern11

I have Win 98 and I'm looking to update. Which works best, XP, XP pro,
or 2K? I use the pc mostly for games and internet.

(I'm a little afraid of XP since ME was such a cluster-f).
 
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nope

Ed Light said:
Not sure what a cluster-f is, but if you mean that crashes create bad
clusters,

LOLOLOL

He's trying to be polite - he means "cluster-****", which has nothing at all
to do with sectors, packets or clusters...
it's a vernacular term meaning a debacle, or a screwed up situation. I'm
sorry I coudn't pass that one up, ROTFL.

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nope

I would unequivocally recommend XP. While W98SE is probably the most stable
incarnation of Windows, the richness of the feature set, the advanced
features (XP pro - don't know about XP home) and the security features make
xp a great choice. All right, it won't run a 16 bit proggy - something I
found out after doing a 15 minute install of a favorite game :p ... but all
else considered, it's my fave OS to date.

Talk about cluster f***s - at my business, which I purchased along with
outdated Dell Dimesion boxes, the main file server runs Windows ME . In
short, it's disastrous. We have three crashes a day, can't install a
shared printer properly, and the whole network (now trimmed to two machines)
comes crashing down on us regularly. Being a small company, we have only a
file share arrangement without a server, so it doesnt hold us up too much to
reboot one machine and shut down another.

I have here at home a test setup using a server running Windows 2003 Server
and a client running XP pro, and it's a joy to work with, rock-solid stable
and an intuitive interface. I love it. XP is easier to install too, and
doesn't require those irritating restarts all the time when you're
installing new software. And the NTFS is great, causes less problems with
fragmentation, IMHO.

In short, I am using XP for all future builds. I run it at home and soon,
on the enterprise level too. My very biased opinion is : XP all the way!

HTH

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L

leza

Hi Ed and the group
what difference FAT32 or NTFS can do in the performance of WinXP, I mean why
you mentioned that? with whom WinXP suppose to work better?
 
B

bern11

Reason for update: Slowly losing functionality. I don't know if they
are bad patches from Microsoft or what, but I've definitely noticed that
Explorer 6 runs slow and some old network games no longer run. I could
screw around with setting and re-installs, but I figure it will only get
worse over time as MS drops support. I have ME at an in-laws and it crashes
regularly (HP OEM install no-less).

Thanks for the advice guys, I think I will go with XP (probably off
EBAY).
 
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Larc

| On Fri, 4 Jul 2003 18:35:28 -0500, "philo" <philo@plazaearth.com>
| wrote:
|
| >for gaming you will be better off with XP (rather than win2k)
| >
| >you probably won't need XP pro unless you are into networking
|
| But also note that WinXP Home does not have MS backup software! As if
| MS thought home users do not need to do backup! Use other software or
| use Win XP pro.

Actually, XP Home does have backup software. It's just not installed by default
as it is in XP Pro. It's located on the XP CD in VALUEADD\MSFT\NTBACKUP with
instructions for installation. Unlike the XP Pro version, though, it doesn't
support ASR (Automated System Recovery).

Larc



§§§ - Please raise temperature of mail to reply by e-mail - §§§
 
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Simon

Windows XP has all of the 'bugs' worked out and is really stable compared to
Windows ME.

I use Windows XP Pro instead of Home and the main difference is that XP Home
cant be added to a Domain (which means large buisnesses can buy XP home to
go onto their domain) plus they both have the security features of windows
2000.

windows 2000 is ok but not great for playing games but not bad for browsing
the web

hope i helped

Simon
 

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