View Full Version : To WinXP or not to WinXP??
02-26-2002, 11:06 AM
Well it's time to reformat my hard drive again and I'm thinking about taking the plunge to WinXp. I still using the original Win98(not the SE) and I'm wondering should I stick with that or get WinXP?? I mostly play games with my computer and I was what you guys(or gals) think of WinXP?? Also the version of Win98 I have is the upgrade version from Win95....do I need to buy the full version of WinXP, if I do decide to get, it or will the upgrade version of WinXp be OK??
I'd get Win XP. I think it's a great OS. People just love to bitch and moan about Microsoft. If you're still using Win98. I think you'll like it a lot. If you can, go with the Full Version and do a clean install so you don't have to upgrade.
02-26-2002, 12:24 PM
You can do a full install with the upgrade WinXp.
It just asks you for the Win98 cd for verification.
02-26-2002, 02:06 PM
Definitely to WinXP... although I've gotten some BSODs, it's not as frequent, and this time it has prettier font.
02-26-2002, 02:53 PM
I run WinXP in three computers and I like it! Go with full version 'cauze I don't trust upgrade especially from you know who! :bigmouth:
02-26-2002, 03:11 PM
Definitely go XP. Best way to install a new OS is to start from a clean formatted drive. I run XP at home. The boot up time is real quick and it HARDLY EVER crashes. I even like XP more than 2000 cause of the boot time and msconfig has come back! Not to mention there is a system restore feature that allows you to go back in time when your XP OS was running fine, just in case you screw it up with some crazy drive install.
I use my machine mostly for games and surfing. Only game I had problems with was Myth 3. Some quirky display setting bug. But everything else is really smooth. Make sure you have 256 RAM I say, and 1.5ghz of hard drive space b4 installing XP.
02-26-2002, 05:26 PM
if you're coming from 98, definitely go XP (or ahem, redhat)...i personally like 2k the best of all M$FT OS's, but like i said, if you're used to 98, XP would be a better choice.
02-26-2002, 06:41 PM
just remember.... stay away from installing take two and direct cd from adaptec easy cd creator.
02-26-2002, 08:15 PM
Best to use Nero for your burning need! :D
02-27-2002, 05:21 PM
Before I would recommend anything: What is your current system, as far as hardware is concerned?
I've heard that people running systems slower than 500 MHz have problems with slow downs. The systems just don't run very fast.
02-27-2002, 07:29 PM
Ok a few more questions....do you really notice a difference when using WinXP versus Win98(benchmarks show WinXp slower in real world apps. and games but is there really a noticeable difference)?? Secondly should I get the home version WinXP or the corporate version of WinXP...is there a big difference in the 2??
ECS K7VTA3 v2(KT266A)
Athlon XP 1600
512mb of PC2100 RAM
350 watt power supply
40gig ATA100 harddrive
EVGA Geforce 3
Hercules Game Theatre sound card
Netgear 10/100 network card
external DSL modem
02-27-2002, 07:42 PM
I was going to do a dual boot with Win98 and Win2K. Win2K wouldn't run some of my software, so I still had to have Win98. With WinXP I'm able to run almost everything. It's incredibly stable.
I've only had three problems. WinXP wasn't able to use one of my network cards (NE2000 chip) and a Diamond MX300 sound card. I had to move an ATA100 PCI card to the first PCI slot. It was having conflicts and locking up the machine in the second PCI slot. I also had RAM that wasn't seated properly causing lockups.
I've run WinXP Professional on a Abit BP6 with two Celeron 500s and it runs fine. I'm currently running it on a Thunderbird 1.3GHZ.
02-28-2002, 03:58 PM
i dual boot, install all my games in windows 98 and play them in XP, works fine.
(i do this b/c i cant install half my games, i have bad drivers and cant update, ati is slow)
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