I am currently building a system for my parents and younger siblings. I started to wonder what would be the best operating system to base the machine upon. The computer was going to be running basic office applications, music, email and light internet activity as well as some gaming. Thanks!
XP is not more stable. Shortly after installing it I had a system crash which corrupted my NTFS partition and screwed a bunch of files. I've never had a stability problem under 98SE, I've ran it for 2 months cracking passwords before. 98SE simply has a harder time coping with garbage hardware and drivers. In my experience, if 98SE crashes on your system, something on your system is junk.
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As long as Microsoft supports 98SE I'll stick with it. I know this OS 'almost' inside and out.
Tried XP but went back to 98SE. 2000 is stable but not everything will run under 2000. XP still has problems and LINUX is not widespread enough although I have 8.0 Pro on a partition. Still learning it. Hasn't crashed yet either and not virus-prone like Windows. I'd love to try out a MAC. I like the GUI but I can't afford it and the people who have them won't lend them out. :tongue: LOL
All in all I'm happy with my setup.
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Many are created but few stand the best! Some say XP, some say 98, I'd say use what you're most comfortable with!
Windows will always upgrade but as the program is improve, some of its better parts are oftentimes left out, leading to incompatabilities, driver issues, more time to master, more instructions to follow before you can comfortably use it.
But I guess that's the price of technology!
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Was diehard for Win98SE then switched to Win2K, too slow went back to Win98SE for my older games, Put WinXP Pro on my wifes machine was curious about it, saw it was really fast after I dumped the fluff and optimised the system for performance. So I installed it on my own machine, had to give up my older games but what the heck I don't play the games after I beat them anyway. I haven't had even 1 crash on the games I'm running, plus I've successfully installed even some of my older games that were rated for Win2K, one game that always caused problems was MOHAA, it constantly kicked Win98SE's rear, usually had to disable all background programs to get it to run, WinXP Pro no problems at all. When I was considering WinXP, I was warned to stay away from the Home version, and formatting with the FAT 32 file system, go with NTFS period and that has turned out to be good advise.
And I wasn't having problems with Win98SE from lack of hardware performance.
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I have dabbled with all the Microsoft windows since win95 and in my experience they all have their pluses and minuses. I would probably give windows 2000 first prize for stability but last for all round compatibility. Win98se first for all round compatibility but not particularly high for stability though it's better than win95 or ME (the latter I would steer clear of altogether). WinXP wins my choice as preferred OS however as it has the best compromise between stability and compatibility with lots of nice features thrown in and is much faster on the internet than win98. Just be careful that you have enough Memory (at least 128meg) a large harddisk (XP takes up approximately 1gig) and a relatively powerful cpu. Otherwise go with win98se.