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    Win 2K vs. Win ME

    I have Win 98 pre-installed at home. I'm considering an upgrade, but am unsure which OS would be best for me. I'm familiar with 2K because of work and haven't even really looked at ME. My main applications are O2K, Acrobat Writer and NS Communicator 4.08 (and I don't want to upgrade NS). I have an HP DeskJet 712C printer, Toshiba PCX1100 Cable modem, Epson scanner, and my son uses a JamCam digital camera.

    I guess what I'm asking is are there any known conflicts with my existing peripherals and apps with either ME or 2K, and any suggestions you experts may have.

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    Re: Win 2K vs. Win ME

    Check MSFT's Win 2000 hardware compatability list.

    I know nothing about Win ME, but I set up my system to dual boot Win 2000 and Win 98. I never use Win 98 anymore, unless I need to use Office 97 (installed in Win 98, Office 2000 is installed in Win 2000).

    Win 2000 is so much more robust than Win 98.

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    Re: Win 2K vs. Win ME

    I've been using win2k at work and home since beta and i haven't run into any hardware compatibility problems yet. And I've seen alot of bugs in ME....
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    Re: Win 2K vs. Win ME

    I recently went throught the same decision process but for buying a new home system. Like you, I've used Win2000 at work for months and love it. I heartily agree with one of the other posters in this thread -- reliability is far superior to any other version of Windows (something about damning with faint praise...). My only reservations were about compatibility.

    I decided on Win2000 and have no comments on hardware reliability but have had a few software compatibility issues, mostly with games. We're not big gamers and don't play Doom or other graphics/processor intensive games. But, for example, there is a video driver conflict with Jeopardy 1 that I haven't yet sorted out. One or two other Windows games that predate Win2000 reported errors but worked anyway. To my (mild) surprise, all of the DOS games I've tried have loaded.

    You will also find that you'll need to spend money to upgrade some common utilities and applications that have run fine under Win95/98 for years (e.g., some anti-virus programs, partition managers, and others).

    If I can cope with my kids disappointment at the few games that I can't get to work, I'm sure Win2000 was the right decision.

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    Re: Win 2K vs. Win ME

    The only one i'm not familar with is the camera - if your son does a lot of multimedia stuff you might like ME better.- it comes with movie maker etc. Compared to win2k, ME is a plug and play OS - you install it, you start using it. A lot of users just want it to work, they don't want to mess with configuring it. Me ismade for them.
    Win2k needs set up with permissions and logons first. (you shouldn't run as admin, especially with a full time connection) As long as you are willing to mess with getting that stuff setup, go with win2k.
    I use both ME and win2k on several machines. Me is stable, but i like win2k better. Me has drivers for my laptop sound card and dvd video, win2k does not.

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    Re: Win 2K vs. Win ME

    Re plug and play -- I've actually been very impressed with the PNP performance of Win2000. I've changed mice, network cards and other PC Card devices and it's been seamless (assuming that the drivers are preloaded with Win2000 -- this is not a trivial assumption, but there are lots of drivers preinstalled with Win2000).

    Disclaimer -- I haven't fooled with cameras at all.

    Re Win2000 permissions: this is one area that I've been disappointed. There are a few too many seemingly simple software installs that require admin privileges under Win2000. One example -- Microsoft's Picture It! Publishing program. If I'm not mistaken, I couldn't even run it following the installation without admin permission. Very bad form on MS's part, but I have left the primary logon with admin privileges for the time being, very much against my better judgment.

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    Re: Win 2K vs. Win ME

    Welcome back, Howard. I hadn't seen you for a while and was afraid you'd disappeared.

    Thanks for the input. It seems that although there are some valid reasons for going ME, the majority agree that 2K provides the better overall platform.

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    Re: Win 2K vs. Win ME

    Thank you!

    Barring some revelation over the next week, my home machine's fate is clinched. Win2K it is. As to the arguments listed, I prefer the stability. My son doesn't do tons of multimedia, and hey, it's my machine anyway.

    I knew I could count on the Loungers (especially those whose "status" isn't really reflective of their involvement--I remember you guys from the split board days).
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    Re: Win 2K vs. Win ME

    from a hardware standpoint, win2k is very goood PNP - i should have said load n go - when ME (and the entire win9x line) is done installing, the computer is ready to use.

    with win2k, you need to add users and set permissions and passwords. A lot of users don't want the hassles of the additional configuration. When installing more software, you can't just pop in the disk and install - you need to logon using the admin account. Or do as you are and give your logon admin privledges. If the user doesn't understand (and don't want to learn about) the issues of increased security in win2k, they'll end up leaving their machine open to every hacker that can find it - they might as well be using a win9x OS.

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    Re: Win 2K vs. Win ME

    Hiya Karen,

    I'm not an OS maven, but one more thing I wanted to add to the conversation is: speed.
    I had Win98 on my home PC and over the past couple years the overall speed of the system has come to resemble [choose your pithy metaphor]. Just for one instance, if I sent something to print, I'd pretty much have to forget about using the PC until the file had finished printing.

    Installed Windows 2000 a couple of weeks ago as a dual boot - same PC, but unbelieveable difference in speed. The most common processes are all zipping along at a much faster rate - feels like I've upgraded the hardware.[img]/w3timages/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Re: Win 2K vs. Win ME

    A likely cause is a dirty system - unless you reformatted the win98 partition and started fresh, you really can't compare. after a couple of years of installing and removing software, upgrading programs etc, the registry if full of crap that is no longer used for anything and slows the system down.
    on my dual boot systems win2k might win the speed race by a nose. both installs are somewhat "clean", although by the time i reformatted my win2k partition, win2k was pretty sluggish, thanks to beta problems messing things up.

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    Re: Win 2K vs. Win ME

    I agree with MaryJ, a system rebuild can do wonders for a slow machine. The cleaning up of the in and outs of ALL that demoware and those must have tools that did not work can mess up a machine. I try to format and start over once a year, if not sooner.[img]/w3timages/icons/thinks.gif[/img]

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

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    Re: Win 2K vs. Win ME

    Hi MaryJ and DaveA! [img]/w3timages/icons/blush.gif[/img] I have to admit I haven't been good with my housekeeping, to say the least. I haven't deleted the .tmp or ~*.* files in... [img]/w3timages/icons/blush.gif[/img] almost a year! Defrag? Huh? But that will tie up my machine for hours... [img]/w3timages/icons/baby.gif[/img]

    OK, I'll stop whining. I've been a bad girl, it's time to take my medicine. To say things are sluggish is an understatement. And you're certainly right about demoware and needing to clean the registry, but a reformat [img]/w3timages/icons/spook.gif[/img][img]/w3timages/icons/spook.gif[/img] me completely. I guess I better just slate a weekend (or 2 or 3) and get down to business, then decide if I really need or want an OS upgrade.
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    Re: Win 2K vs. Win ME

    Thanks, Gary! I think I'm gonna do some housekeeping first, and then decide if I'm really ready to make the plunge to a new OS.
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    Re: Win 2K vs. Win ME

    Karen, If one was to clean the temp files and do a defrag once a week it should NOT take that long. I use Nortons Speeddisk which is faster and have partitions at 8 gigs or less to help in the management of my system.

    A good habit of doing this on a weekly bases and downloading those virus definations will do wonders of one machine.[img]/w3timages/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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

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