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best windows OS

by psu711 / December 14, 2004 10:24 AM PST

What is the best microsoft OS? I am running windows ME and am wondering if i should upgrade to XP pro?


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by Ross / December 14, 2004 10:33 AM PST
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Me sucks and xp pro is a real good os.:)

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Re Best Windows OS
by Papa Echo / December 14, 2004 12:22 PM PST
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Some are still using Win3.1, some Win 95, a lot still with Win98....NT..Win 2000 and of course, Me. It's what you want to do with it, and in what environment. DOS is still being used at my office - the elders are happy using it.

Generally, most users will finally have to agree that XP is probably the best - when they get through the learning curve.

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best windows OS
by luxx / December 14, 2004 4:57 PM PST
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yes, you should
unless you are extremely comfortable with ME and do not feel curious to try something else (and better).

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I agree
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 14, 2004 6:04 PM PST
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with all that's been said.

I didn't find that ME was that bad, in fact I still have an ME PC networked to my XP one, but XP is good. It's more stable and there are more bells and whistles.

If you do go for XP, you may not like the interface so much, (eg the look of the Start Menu, Desktop Properties, and how Windows Explorer displays files), but you can soon change that by changing each back to "Classic" mode, which is the 9x/ME style.

Like Papa says, it depends what you are comfortable with, but eventually you will probably have to go to XP.

Good luck,


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Win 2K
by orgs1 / December 14, 2004 11:58 PM PST
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I currently have machines running '98, 2000 Pro, Me, and XP. I personally feel that overall the Win 2K OS is the most stable, easiest to use and has many of the features of XP(well, many of the features an average user will likely use anyway). XP is OK, but if I was going to upgrade, I'd probably wait for Longhorn(Service Pack 8...just kidding). Upgrade to XP to make easier the transition to future OS's...i.e. Longhorn etc.Stay as far away from ME as you can throw the installation disk!! With all these OS's at my disposal I find myself spending, by far, most of my time at Win 2K. Essentially it's '98 and NT combined to make the most stable OS ever built( Microsoft that is) Go ahead and get Xp, but with SP2 already installed.

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Windows 2000 Professional
by Monkeynutters / January 4, 2005 10:49 AM PST
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I experiment with a wide range of operating systems, going from Windows 98 SE to Windows XP Professional. I'll just give you my opinions, but depending on your computer configuration, you'll have different experiences with different OSs.

Windows 98 SE = One of the best and most stable DOS-kernels I've ever used. But when the system is under even a mild load, the entire kernel tends to lag, even music. Even has a wide range of compatible programs.

Windows Millennium Edition (ME) = I'll spell it out for you: S-U-C-K-S. Since real-mode DOS is a no-go, a lot of older DOS programs are useless, but it's an advantage that reduces bootup time. But that's useless when your computer hardly functions after bootup, now isn't it?

Windows 2000 Professional = Windows 2000 is the breadwinner of the Windows family, honestly. It still has some of the best ratings, even after XP was released. It really has all the basics a normal user would need, and since both XP and 2000 were both built on the stable NT kernel code, you'll only need to know how to work one to work the other and vice-versa.

Windows XP (both Home Edition and Pro) = Just a glorified version of Windows 2000 with a bunch of add-on programs to make it taste sweet. But I'll just say from experience that I'm not as happy with XP as I am with 2000.

Bottom Line = 2000 may be your best bet here.

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