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    Upgrade to ME or 2000?

    Question: Why would one would choose to use ME over 2000?

    Assuming the machine has enough memory and all your software and drivers work in both, is there any reasons why one would upgrade from 98 to ME instead of 98 to 2000?

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    Re: Upgrade to ME or 2000?

    You pretty well answered your own question. Support for games and devices are the major reason not to go to W2K. And, I personally, see absolutely no need to upgrade from 98 to ME. On a new machine, sure. But upgrade. No.

    The reasons to go to W2K, are straightforward. Increased reliability, stability, security.

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    Re: Upgrade to ME or 2000?

    That's what I thought, thanks. Even for a new machine, I don't see the point of getting ME over W2K. At least not for somebody like myself who rarely plays PC games and uses the PC almost exclusively to run MS Office, Netscape Mail and Internet related apps. And even if you are a "gamer" a good portion of the games run on NT & 2000 anyway.
    Seems the benefits of 2000 far outweigh the negatives. I just need to make sure my scanner will work on 2K and, if so, I will try to get up the gumption to upgrade.

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    You pretty well answered your own question. Support for games and devices are the major reason not to go to W2K. And, I personally, see absolutely no need to upgrade from 98 to ME. On a new machine, sure. But upgrade. No.

    The reasons to go to W2K, are straightforward. Increased reliability, stability, security.
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    Re: Upgrade to ME or 2000?

    Yup, way to go. If you have the hd space, have you considered a dual-boot system, using FAT32 for Win2k? That way, if you find any compatibility problems, you can still drop into the 98SE you've kept, to get round them. Before upgrading, though, check with the MS site that compatibility is not too great an issue.
    More and more hardware has drivers for 2k (which you will have to go and get) and many apps have 2k versions now. However, 2k is no longer underpinned by DoS (so no Scanreg). Unless you're into multimedia major league, ME is not worth the CD it's burned on. From the number of complaints I see, it is, to use the vernacular, pants. Avoid it.
    2k on the other hand is a lovely beast, but it takes a bit of an effort to get it tamed. I've heard it said that many users don't want to be bothered. As one of the enlightened ones, (you found your way here after all [img]/w3timages/icons/smile.gif[/img] ) you do not want to count yourself with them.
    ME is a donkey, 98SE is a workhorse, but 2k is a thoroughbred...

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    Re: Upgrade to ME or 2000?

    For a Find out if your computer meets the system requirements to run Windows 2000.

    Check Hardware and Software Compatibility

    Make sure your computer, hardware devices, and software will work with Windows 2000.
    Go her for ALL of the above.
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/upgrade/default.asp>http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000...de/default.asp</A>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Upgrade to ME or 2000?

    I've installed 2k on a number of machines, never a problem. The install is easier then any other version of Windows. ME is just a POS. I've seen more bugs and incompatibilites in ME then any other OS
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    Re: Upgrade to ME or 2000?

    [img]/w3timages/icons/question.gif[/img]I have a Pent2 450 mghz machine with 128 on the board, plenty of HD room. Would W2K run well, do you think, or is this machine already too limited? I don't want to slow things to a crawl, but stability would be nice, and who doesn't love new toys?

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    Re: Upgrade to ME or 2000?

    That is basically the same machine that I have, and 2K runs just fine.

    What other type of hardware do you have?
    What older games, DOS and early Windows software are you running?

    If you go the the link that I posted early and run the test it will tell you all you need about your machine and Windows 2000.

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    Re: Upgrade to ME or 2000?

    Your system has a faster processor than mine, and the same RAM. You could comfortably get the best of both worlds and run a dual-boot system. Operating speed is absolutely no problem.

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    Re: Upgrade to ME or 2000?

    [img]/w3timages/icons/yep.gif[/img]Sounds good. Do you know of any inherant traps or problems with running a dual boot system? Should I put the second OS in a partition of it's own?

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    Re: Upgrade to ME or 2000?

    "second OS in a partition of it's own" "YES"
    I have been running in a dual boot since Windows 2000 came out. If you have room install all of your software on separate drives/folders so each OS has it's own copy. If you install using the same folders and have to uninstall it will leave nothing for the other system to use. One has to run a install for each software and OS any way. I have found this seems to work the best.

    By the the way, unless you have a REAL requirement I would use FAT32 and not NTFS.

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    Re: Upgrade to ME or 2000?

    [img]/w3timages/icons/yikes.gif[/img]That sounds pretty cumbersome, doubling your time for any adjustments/upgrades to any of the software. What are the pitfalls of NOT giving each OS it's own copy of all the software?

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    Re: Upgrade to ME or 2000?

    Dave:

    Slight modification on that suggestion. I am in the process of specing out my new test system. One thing I have decided on his to have a separate FAT32 data partition which will be mounted as a D: drive.

    This will be used to store files such as OUTLOOK.PST, the "My Documents" system folder, etc. This is good for several reasons:
    1)Forces me to keep data separate from applications
    2)Simplifies backups
    3)Makes the path to the data the same regardless of OS.

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    Re: Upgrade to ME or 2000?

    "That sounds pretty cumbersome, doubling your time for any adjustments/upgrades to any of the software." <font color=red>If you are going to "Dual boot" you HAVE to install each and ALL software that want to use in EACH OS. There is NO way around this and use Dual boot.</font color=red>

    "What are the pitfalls of NOT giving each OS it's own copy of all the software?" <font color=red>The major one is the unistalling in one OS will remove the program from the hard drive and will not be there for the other OS. Another thing is if upgrading a program and forget to upgrade in one OS, the program will not work in the OS that it was not upgraded in.</font color=red>

    And YES I have a seperate drive that I save ALL of my data and share this drive from both OS's. I do NOT use NTFS, this allows me to have a look at my Windows 2000 files from a Windows 98 boot. I have a three computer network, 2 shared printers, and a shared cable modem using a router. I have several of the drives on each computer shared, including my Zip 100 and the Zip 250 on my wife's machine
    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Upgrade to ME or 2000?

    [img]/w3timages/icons/nuts.gif[/img]Thanks. Helps to get good direct advice.

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