Windows XP, worth it?

vbimport

#1

A family member of mine recently got a new dell computer with xp home edition loaded on it. On my computer I have win ME.

Now i know that they both pretty much suck, but my questions are:

  1. What are the requirements to run XP on a computer
    and
  2. Is XP better than ME or not.

I've heard that XP can't run some programs (which by the way a installed gta2 and it doesn't work), and i know from personal XPerience that ME crashes all the time. I s the upgrade worth the time and benefits or not?


#2

Microsoft’s Web site recommends a minimum 300MHz Pentium II processor and 128MB of RAM to run the Windows XP beta, up from a 133MHz processor and 64MB of memory for Windows 2000.

I would recommend 256 MB or ram.

Yes XP is better than ME. For that matter so is Win98 SE.

I havent had any problems with games under XP but I never tried GTA 2.


#3

XP crashes from time to time, but compared to the hell I put up with from 98 (and I’m guessing ME), it’s rock solid.


#4

Use should also think of Win 2k…but: everything is better than ME!


#5

xp pro is running, albeit slowly, on a 233 w/64 mb of pc66 ram. hell, i’d run win3.1 before ME


#6

kwkard

[quote]

I s the upgrade worth the time and benefits or not?

After re-reading your post, I thought it might be a good idea to stress that an upgrade over ME is a bad idea. Although Windows “upgrades” have become “smoother” over time, a fresh install of XP onto a clean HD will surely give you better results. If you only have the “upgrade” cd no problem. The upgrade can be installed onto a blank harddrive. It will simply ask you to insert your ME CD to make sure you qualify for the upgrade.


#7

I’ve got now dualboot:
winxp & win2k

See here my system

Win2k is a little bit faster I think
I haven’t got a error from XP yet. I’m running it for 3 weeks.
I can do everything at the same time.
2 times burning cdr’s. playing a movie, …
no problem at all

WinXP looks nicer then Win2k

I couldn’t chose between WinxP or Win2 so …

The rest of the windows SUCKS bigg time !


#8

Originally posted by fordcapri
[B]I’ve got now dualboot:
winxp & win2k

See here my system

Win2k is a little bit faster I think
I haven’t got a error from XP yet. I’m running it for 3 weeks.
I can do everything at the same time.
2 times burning cdr’s. playing a movie, …
no problem at all

WinXP looks nicer then Win2k

I couldn’t chose between WinxP or Win2 so …

The rest of the windows SUCKS bigg time ! [/B]

You like Plextor too?

Want my nick aswell? :eek:

:smiley: LOL


#9

Anything is better then Win ME. I run XP as it is now and haven’t had anytrouble form XP itself but more from many programs saying that they will work with XP.


#10

[BAWA] If you want speed and stability, go with Linux… If you want to help satan, go with windows [@ Upp3rDog if he’s reading this: Linux rocks for games! I just finished playing that little rocket ship game that seems top come with every Linux distro for almost an hour, and it’s awesome!]. seriously, Linux is better than windows in just about everything I can think of other than easy-to-use-ability[/BAWA]

Seriously, though (by seriously, I mean actually OT for once :slight_smile: ), I would say it’s worth the upgrade, even if all you got was NTFS (although, I must point out, an XFS system is much faster and availiable for free…)


#11

as usual, the moderator knows best. if you gotta stay bill gates faithful, use an XP machine, otherwise, take a walk on the wild side and write your own GUI :wink:


#12

can you dual boot windows xp and linux eg linus on one hdd and xp on another as i would like the benifits of both systems

thanx scousemouse


#13

scousemouse>>>> Yeah you can do it that way. I think that you would have to install XP then Linux. Not sure if you can do it the other way around or not.


#14

backwards, XP doesnt like ANYTHING to be installed after it is.


#15

Originally posted by ckin2001
as usual, the moderator knows best.

I’m blushing. :slight_smile:


#16

Xp has bugs, but i like it the best over all the other os…


#17

Originally posted by SliverX
Xp has bugs, but i like it the best over all the other os…

Apparently, you’ve never used Linux… Just give it a shot! IU promise you’ll like it!


#18

I used to use Linux. SuSe, RedHat, and even FreeBSD 3.x, (not linux) back in the day. I noticed that X would run slow compared to Windows no matter what dist I tried. Same with Quake 3. Getting full functionality from a SB live or Voodoo 3 TV was practically impossible. I am getting the itch to try it again. Is there a software app that lets you burn VCD’s on linux? Could the ATi All in Wonder card get full functionality?


#19

where is linux avalible from in the uk and has any one got instructions on how to dual boot with win xp

thanx in advance scousemouse


#20

scousemouse

Check this page out

http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/mini/Linux+NT-Loader.html