XP Pro is more stable and faster than all the previous MS OSs. Although for some strange unexplained reasons, XP is not compatible w/ some users. To better define the term compatible, I’ll give a couple examples.
I have 2 AMD XP systems running WinXP Pro SP1, LAN using a 4 port switch sharing the net. Everything’s smooth and I’ve rarely, very very rarely encounter major error, freeze or crash.
I’ve setup an identical system for friend #1, who is sharing the DSL w/ a linksys dsl/cable router, and also has 2 G4 PowerBooks sharing that connection through an AirPort hub. Everything’s smooth.
On the other hand, WinXP Pro hates friend #2’s guts. He has an identical system as friend #1, using dial-up, but gets crashes every freaking day. I’m gonna go over and get the system back tomorrow and tell him to buy a dell.
Why you ask? Well, friend #1 doesn’t play much games. Only word processing, photo editing, and web surfing. Friend #2 is a game freak who can’t restriant himself from installing bootlegged games on his system everyday. So there you have it. If you fsck w/ you system, it’ll fsck you back. There a lot of details people who complains about XP Pro didn’t tell you about. I for one isn’t much of a gamer and both systems are for encoding divx, web design, and recording CDs, so I rarely have problems, and I highly recommand WinXP Pro.