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    a quick survey, if i may...

    i'm just asking your opinion, if i may. which you choose, given the option: Win2K Pro or WinXP Pro? i'm trying to decide. i have had someone that i trust very much tell me to insist on Win2K Pro, and run away, fast, far and screaming, from WinXP Pro. i have also heard someone from the site here who seems to know exactly what he is doing, from the information that he has given me and the suggestions that he has made, who has told me that WinXP Pro is the only way to go, and that he has had no problems at all with it. in fact, it was his suggestion that i take this survey. thanks so much for you time. until the next time, take care and God bless.

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    Re: a quick survey, if i may...

    You will surely get as many varied answers as possible on this one. XP Pro is built on Windows 2000's core, and in fact is version 5.1, where 2000 is version 5. Most of this depends on what you're going to be doing, and what kind of resources you have available to run it.

    If you have a computer that is at least 900MHz with 256MB memory, go for XP. It's newer and has more capabilities. It's every bit as stable, and most would say more so, than 2000, and also has System Restore, among other features. This makes disaster recovery easier. 2000 will not play as many games, nor will it run older programs as well. However, it will do most things that XP does, runs on older and slower hardware, and has the benefit of being a few years older - so it's fairly mature. If you do digital media in any form, it will fall short of XP.

    I can't see any reason to run screaming from XP (see my comment about the version). It's newer and will be supported longer - and it's essentially 2000 melded with the wide compatibility of Windows 9x. I use both OSs for different applications....2000 for workstations/servers and hard work where I need something leaner and that I can run on lesser hardware requirements, and XP for digital media and daily use.

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    Re: a quick survey, if i may...

    I am one of those that run screaming from any product that includes the registration/activation wizard. I would never trust the wizard to not decide on the spur of the moment that I was not properly registered and refuse to let me have access to my machine and data. If MS insists on inflicting this travesty on us, I for one have bought my last upgrade.
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    Re: a quick survey, if i may...

    Also WinXp Has MSCONFIG function, although you can add it to Win2000. WinXP is just a much better version of Win2000. And as Mark points out System Restore is very handy. Most all your new Hardware & Software is being built around WinXP for the most part.

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    Re: a quick survey, if i may...

    Legare, What in the world are you talking about Bro? The one thing I love about this Lounge is that when someone { such as the Lady above } comes to this Lounge and ask a question, we give them an answer based on, personal experience, facts, knowledge of the product, and are the dealings with their problem. The statement you made above I would venture to say has none of those things. I have searched this Lounge and the Internet, including Microsoft and can not find any such problem. I have not heard from anyone that has had this problem with the R&A Wizard in any, way ,shape, or form, and I know Several People that use this Product. Are might you be saying you just don't like Windows? I would also venture to say, that you have no evidence of this R&A Wizard problem that you speak of, and if you do please point me to those people, or the articles. If the person is properly registered, it is very very very slim that such a thing would ever happen. But of course, it is not out of the question, as is anything else when it comes to man and machine. But I don't think I would suggest to someone not to purchase one of the best Operating Systems on the Market because something MIGHT happen. Because this could be true of any OS. Something might happen and usually does. But not to worry because we here on the Lounge can fix it, one way or the other. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> And I don't think BIG BROTHER is watching you Legare. Have a cold one Bro, everythings gonna be OK.

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    Re: a quick survey, if i may...

    These articles go over some of the features and improvements in Win XP Pro that you would want if your computer supports it:

    Windows XP Professional Features
    Reliability Improvements in Windows XP Pro
    Windows XP Pro Features At a Glance

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    Re: a quick survey, if i may...

    You do not have to die to know that you don't want to do that.

    I speak from much experience with other copy protection schemes when it first became the rage back in the 70's. It actually killed several companies (like Ashton-Tate), and it was one of the major factors that allowed Excel to get the edge over Lotus 123. I was a programmer, and IT professional for 40 years before I retired, so I do speak from a little experience. I have probably spent more time debugging programs than you have spent using them. I know what kinds of bugs that programmers who write code like the registration/activation wizard can put into that code, particularly programmers that have brought us the Microsoft Security code.

    BTW, if the registration/activation wizard decides that it is not going to let me boot my system, how am I supposed to come to the lounge in the hope that you can fix it?
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    Re: a quick survey, if i may...

    I run both on may desktop, but spend most of the time in XP. There is NO reason to run screaming from XP. As stated earlier, XP is based on 2K and was improved. Even the activation and/or registration process has NOT had any problems, some people just have personnel problems about the use of them.

    If you go to XP you will more than happy.

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

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    Re: a quick survey, if i may...

    Another aspect that should make you feel comfortable getting Win XP Pro is the sheer amount of help and tutorials for it on the web. Win 2000 has been around since early 2000 and is widely supported by applications, books, and magazines. Win XP had sold 17 million legit copies by Jan 2002 and there are abundant tutorials on Microsoft's site and hundreds of XP sites. "Help and Support" in Windows XP is pretty substantial, and there are hundreds of newsgroups--MSN has 25 XP newsgroups currently.

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    Re: a quick survey, if i may...

    Legare. Out of Millions of Ligit copis of winXp sold and being used around the world, you still have not given me ONE INSTANCE With WinXP of this so called problem that you are speaking of. Your Statement is based on Fear and Fear alone. Me thinks you have spent way to much time debugging. You have { The Sky Is Falling } Syndrome. And I suppose you would have to find a way to get to the Lounge like anyone else does that has a Downed System. People manage to do that all the time that don't have your 40 years of programming experience. Like I said before, why not try and keep your answers and or statements, based on Facts that are supported by something besides your personal fears. All I'm asking is for you to show me an instance of this problem with WinXP. Just one.

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    Re: a quick survey, if i may...

    I'd choose XPP. I've used both at work & home. IMHO, XPP is more stable. Check out other links in the other posts for details. I'd disagree slightly with Mark on the system requirements. I've got XPP running at home on a 533 Mhz PIII with 512 MB & on an 833 Mhz PIII with 256 MB at work. It runs just fine. Maybe not the snappiest for some things but for web, e-mail, most Office XP apps it is more than adequate. I think the 256 MB is the bare minimum for XP & 512 MB is much better.

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    Re: a quick survey, if i may...

    If you want to trust the folks that wrote microsoft's security code with being able to use your system and access your data, be my guest.
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    Re: a quick survey, if i may...

    I use and really like Windows 2000. If, on the other hand, I had no experience with either, I'd probably go with XP Pro, as it will be supported longer into the future than 2000. (My IT manager prefers 2000 over XP, but I can't remember why.)

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    Re: a quick survey, if i may...

    Don't say I haven't given you an example: See Here
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