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Should I Keep 98SE or go to Full Version of XP Home

by Caddobob / February 16, 2004 5:51 AM PST

I currently am running an up-to-date version of 98SE on my about 4 month old P4 2.4Gh, 800 FSB, 512K pc3200, etc. For Xmas I received a full install version (not upgrade version) of XP Home.
Should I wipe out the system and go for the full install of XP, or keep on running 98SE.

What will I loose/gain by staying/going with each operating system, and what would you recommend??

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Re:Should I Keep 98SE or go to Full Version of XP Home
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2004 5:54 AM PST

If things work well for you, I'd stand pat.

But for me, Windows 98 limitations of 4GB file sizes, resources and 64 kilobyte resource pools have me running Windows 2000 and XP for the machines I have for video editing and more.


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Re:Should I Keep 98SE or go to Full Version of XP Home
by RALERAY / February 16, 2004 7:50 AM PST

Always use the latest Software, Drivers and Hardware if your wallet can afford it. One, Microsoft has discontinued their support of Win 98 so that is a good reason to scrap it. Also, Win XP has all the drivers for most hardware? put in your disk and do a clean install. XP will ask if you want to reformat, just say ?yes? and remember to use the total partition. You will be glad you did. Remember to backup files such as documents, photos and any financial files (Quicken, Money, etc.) or any data files you want to keep. Do not backup programs, since you will have to re-install those because the dll (Dynamic Link Library) will not connect. One exception is if you use Lotus Notes, save your data folder if you want to keep your desktop settings.

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Re:Re:Should I Keep 98SE or go to Full Version of XP Home
by Mark G / February 16, 2004 8:09 AM PST

wrong ms still supporting 98/me to 2006

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Re:Re:Re:Should I Keep 98SE or go to Full Version of XP Home
by fjb / February 16, 2004 8:39 AM PST

Another opinion, I built a new computer several months ago so I could load and run XP Home, I have found that it is by far the best OS to come from M$. However I will keep my ME and 98 computers because most of the hardware and software I use on them, especially games was not written for XP..That will have to be another consideration if you decide to make the switch. You can find most of the updates for win XP but I would check first for compatability.

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Re:Should I Keep 98SE or go to Full Version of XP Home
by gene001 / February 16, 2004 9:22 AM PST

First, decide if all programs, printers & other devices are XP "rated!
Many devices will need new drivers, not all will even work w/ XP.
You may find that for your use of the computer, 98 is just fine, W/ the spec's u gave it should be quite fast and stable.
There are a lot of changes in XP (if computer is going to be networked, XP Pro only)Advantages are great, if u need them! Many features will not be used by a lot of users.
Evaluate carefully & fully. Find someone who is using XP & "play" w/ it if possible. There are a lot on "manditory" things that need to be set up that u do not have to deal w/ in 98.

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