Win2k Pro vs. WinXP Pro

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by nameruse, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. nameruse

    nameruse Guest

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    Hi all,

    I've been trying to decide between the 2 Os's for some time. Various
    online review web sites seem to offer different opinions. In terms of
    stability, W2k and Wxp are on par with one another. Performance-wise,
    some say one is faster than the other, and vice versa. As for
    compatibility (e.g. old Apps and games), Wxp wins hands down.

    I am just wondering should I get Win2k or WinXP or should I wait for
    the 64-bit version sometime next year? One thing that keeps me from
    choosing WinXP is the whole activation process and basically MS has
    a record of my HW information and what not. Is this concern valid?

    Thanks for any input.

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  2. Get WinXP! 2K crashes a lot.
    Samuel Townsend, Aug 2, 2004
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    Jimmy Guest

    Jimmy, Aug 2, 2004
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    Sonic Guest

    "Personally I've never used 2k but would choose XPpro anyday"

    Makes a lot of sense .....
    Sonic, Aug 2, 2004
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    amsjabams Guest

    2k is a "rushed out" version of XPpro is it not?
    amsjabams, Aug 3, 2004
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    Duane Arnold Guest

    I like them both XP Pro and Win 2K Pro. Yes, XP Pro has some new and
    advanced features and MS is more geared towards securing the XP series
    O/S from an end-user standpoint for the workstation and home version of

    However, that doesn't mean the Win 2K cannot be made just as secure. With
    Win 2K you can install it on multiple machines as opposed to XP, one
    cannot do that.

    And make no mistake about it, Win 2K has been around longer than XP and
    is the most stable of all the MS O/S(s) to date. Win 2K will be just like
    Win 98SE has become in a few more years.

    But if I had to choose one or the other, I would go with XP Pro.

    Duane :)
    Duane Arnold, Aug 3, 2004
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    Mark Shaw Guest

    Duane, the best answer yet in this thread.
    Let me add that if you're going the win2k route, you'll want at the very
    minimum 256mb ram. For xp, you may well want 512mb ram as the bare minimum.
    So if you're purchasing the OS for use on an older pc with hardware
    limitations, you might want to go for 2k.
    Mark Shaw, Aug 3, 2004
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    Your name Guest

    2K Pro has been very stable for me, the only time I have to restart it is
    for program updates, it never ever crashes.
    Your name, Aug 3, 2004
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    mhicaoidh Guest

    Taking a moment's reflection, Duane Arnold mused:
    | With Win 2K you can install it on multiple machines as opposed to XP...

    Certainly not legally! ;-)
    mhicaoidh, Aug 3, 2004
  12. nameruse Guest


    XP is 2k with a facelift and more options.
    let me rephrase: 2k and XP are based on NT. NT lacked the GUI so 2k was
    developed to make the GUI similar to win98.
    since Microsoft has an investment in macintosh, the XP GUI and options were
    added to 2k to boost company profits.

    XP has kept up with the times, therefore, it runs best on uptodate machines.
    (requires more CPU speed, memory, and disk space.

, Aug 3, 2004
  13. nameruse

    Duane Arnold Guest

    Well, what can I say! ;-)

    Duane :)
    Duane Arnold, Aug 3, 2004
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    Mark Shaw Guest

    Stability very much depends on the applications and drivers you run on the
    OS. I've seen both OS's crash with the infamous BSOD. Slow memory leaks in
    3rd party applications are probably another factor that requires an OS

    2k pro is very stable (compared to previous versions of windows), and I
    expect XP to be more stable than 2k.
    Mark Shaw, Aug 4, 2004
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