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    Upgrading to XP or 2000

    Hello,

    I have Windows SE at home but majority of software these days require XP or 2000.
    Is it worth the hassle of upgrading to any other these operating systems as my PC works fine as it is. i.e all my software works fine with SE at the present moment.
    Is there any advantages that XP or 2000 has over SE that would benefit me or shall l wait until LongHorn comes out in 2006?
    Putting a new operating system on my PC would take a while so l don't want to go ahead and do it unless l absolutely have to.
    Any comments would be appreciated.

    Justin.

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    Re: Upgrading to XP or 2000

    <hr>...all my software works fine... <hr>
    Since you obviously don't have to, I'd say don't. Assuming you meant Win98SE, there are scads of people who still get good service from that OS. That's not to say that WinXP doesn't have lots of advantages 'cause it does AND it is (in my experience) much more stable and reliable. I don't remember what equipment you have, but that would also have to be considered prior to thinking about an upgrade anyway. Many people would say "...upgrade, upgrade..." but: If it ain't broke, .....

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    Re: Upgrading to XP or 2000

    Hi Justin

    If your system does all that you want then do you need to upgrade? If you do decide to upgrade then I recommend XP over 2000. I have found XP to be a better system than 98, with stability and security being 2 big advantages.

    Check the Windows XP upgrade centre to see if your hardware meets the minimum requirements, though it would be better if your system exceeds these requirements.

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    Re: Upgrading to XP or 2000

    Thanks for that.

    Justin.

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    Re: Upgrading to XP or 2000

    On reading an article on Linux it appears to be more stable than Windows , yet few programs are compatible with it.
    Have you thought of upgrading to Linux OS?

    Justin.

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    Re: Upgrading to XP or 2000

    No

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    Re: Upgrading to XP or 2000

    If everything works just fine for your purposes the way it is and the only thing that concerns you is that most software these days is written for XP or 2000, I'd leave well enough alone. The only reasons for you to change your OS would be if your "mission critical" software (Antivirus, firewall, work applications, etc.) were to be upgraded to a point where they wouldn't run on your OS or hardware or you wanted to take advantage of the features and better security and stability of XP (I wouldn't touch 2000 unless it were for business applications, and even then I'd give XP a real serious look first.). I'd start saving my money now and replace the entire system when the time comes. OS, applications AND the computer. It's not just the newer operating systems that the new software is being written for. It's also the more robust machines of today that are driving software development. Larger hard drives and cheaper RAM have led to more bloated code and larger programs (an XP installation is almost 10 times the size of a 98SE installation). If you can get along with Win 98SE and the related applications until 2006 or so, then why not ??? Upgrades are a matter of personal choice or necessity. You seem to like SE, so as long as your hardware cooperates, I'd stay with it.
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    Re: Upgrading to XP or 2000

    Justin,
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    have Windows SE at home but majority of software these days require XP or 2000.
    Is it worth the hassle of upgrading to any other these operating systems as my PC works fine as it is. i.e all my software works fine with SE at the present moment.
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    If you are thinking of getting one or more of those programs that require XP or 2000, then I think you have answered your own question. Yes, it is worth it.
    If not, stay with your present OS.
    Personally, I couldn't wait to upgrade to XP.
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    Re: Upgrading to XP or 2000

    If you don't have any previous exposure to Unix-like operating systems, you probably will find Linux more of a time-sink than a new version of Windows. On a spare computer in your spare time, sure. On your main or only computer on which you need to get real work done, better to stick with what you know.

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    Re: Upgrading to XP or 2000

    Possibly another advantage to 'staying put' is that a lot of the new viruses that are aorund are written to exploit WinXP loopholes and not Win98. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Upgrading to XP or 2000

    Many thanks for that advice.
    I will stay with Windows SE for the moment until essential software is no longer compatible with it.

    Justin.

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