View Full Version : Windows Systems - Which?

17-10-2001, 06:40 PM
I am a novice home pc user with my first ever pc only a couple of years ago . I am now changing, next week, to a new Pentium 4 1.7 Ghz,526RDRam,80GB,64 mb graphics etc.
I have been going to install Win98 and upgrade to ME as hear XP does not support some software - have Dragon Speaking, Office 2000 and loads of games,graphics,photos etc.Your October issue suggests even Win 2000 may be an option. Should I change from ME and if so should I use 2000 or XP? I really would like some expert advice to help this aged novice!!!!Thanks and good luck.

17-10-2001, 07:25 PM
Get WindowsXP, it will runs your programs (even some from the win3.11 era). Or at least keep win98 and ditch ME, because ME is trash, and it crashes all the time.

17-10-2001, 07:33 PM
Hi Keith,
As a network manager with over 50 Computers using windows 200 prof.as the operating system without a single crash in more that 500,000 hours operation I could certainly advise its use, Windows XP uses the 2000 engine as the core so one would expect it to be as stable, in addition it comes with a vast array of drivers which would make it quite easy! to install and keep up to date.
Good luck

17-10-2001, 07:35 PM
beautiful machine! Ignore the the AMD crazies who will soon be posting. :)
It would be worth sacrificing some old software to run Windows 2000/XP. Either will be superb on your machine

17-10-2001, 07:35 PM
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17-10-2001, 07:42 PM
yea nice machine, I have a p4 1500mhz and its very quick but I decided to stick with 98SE for time being just to ensure all my old software/hardware runs.

But you'll get a lot of extra stuff with XP/2000 so its really a personal choice.

17-10-2001, 07:58 PM

17-10-2001, 08:10 PM
Linux has alot going for it but I don't really know if its the best thing for a novice desktop user.

17-10-2001, 08:50 PM
Definitely XP. its very stable, plus most (if not all) new software will be designed for that, and pretty soon you'll not be able to buy software for anything but (same thing happened when Windows 95 first came out).

If your old software won't run on it, well it must be REALLY old software. And I'd guess the same software won't run on Win 2000 either anyway.

17-10-2001, 09:35 PM
Give XP a try.
I try the the beta & RC1.
Everything seem to be ok, no more blue dead screen ... Almost all my games, applications work well, except 4 Norton Antivirus.

31-10-2001, 05:14 PM
Is it possible to run Dos programmes on 2000 or xp.How safe are Illustrator 8, Photoshop 5.5,Visual Basic 6 on either. why isn't Microsoft more helpful in advising customers of the new system.