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Windows 2000 verses Windows XP

by Kelray / May 7, 2004 5:08 AM PDT

Hello, I am thinking about installing either Windows 2000 or Windows XP on my computer. What I am wondering is if one of the operating systems is more stable than the other one. Is one of them more susceptible to viruses than the other one?

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Re:Windows 2000 verses Windows XP
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 7, 2004 5:48 AM PDT

Frankly, both are cut from the same source code. I have both and find 2000 more familiar, but both have the same weakness to worms. As to virus, I have yet to find any on systems that I care for (including worms.) Some pests, but with Adware, Spybot, Cwshredder and now a nice hosts file, it's rare to see those.

My answer? Too close to call.

Bob

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Microsoft is messaging you.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 7, 2004 6:20 AM PDT

1. http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=329741 writes:

"If you view Encrypting File System (EFS) files on a computer that is running Windows 2000 or Windows XP, the encrypted files may appear to be corrupted or filled with random characters.
CAUSE
This behavior occurs if these files were encrypted on a computer that was running Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later or Windows Server 2003. By default, Windows XP SP1 (or later) and Windows Server 2003 use the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm for encrypting files with EFS. Windows 2000 and Windows XP do not support the AES algorithm and cannot access these files."

This is a not so subtle revelation that Microsoft has begun to degrade Windows 2000 and non-SP1 XP.

2. Support of over 137GB drives is very painful in Windows 2000. It's mainly because Microsoft isn't supply a Windows 2000 SP4 CD. If you get the XP SP1, it just goes.

Bob

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