Your answer to the question "Is there a significatn performance increase (gaming mostly) to using WinXP?" you answered "No, the biggest improvement over 98 is in terms of stability" Whilst I do agree with the latter half of the question, I would have to disagree to the former part. Yes XP is certainly more stable mainly due to the fact it is running on an NT5 Platform. However performance is also slightly higher but it excels if the PC has more than 512mb of ram, as long as the pc has no more than 2GB.
Windows 9x (95/98/ME) had a 512mb memory limit bottleneck, which basically caused your system to slow down after prolonged use if you had more than 512mb of memory. I am running Windows Me with 768mb of ram (im upgrading to XP soon) and while it does run fairly fast, after a lot of use, there is a very noticeable slowdown, to the point where the pointer is very slow and jittery, window fonts become out of proportion and graphics/videos are littered with lines or they just dont appear! Run 1GB of Ram with Windows 9x and ur system will grind to a hault!
XP can handle upto 2GB of ram so performance should increase considerably, if the user has more than 512mb!
PC Spec: AMD Athlon XP 2000+ running at 1.25ghz, ECS K7S5A Motherboard, 768MB SDRAM PC133, Sparkle nVidia Riva TNT2 M64 32MB AGP Graphics Card, Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 6.1, Windows Me
Thanks for the responses! I do have 1GB of RAM and Win98SE. I got my machine to run OK by limiting the vCashe to 512MB of RAM. I went to 1 GB cause it was supposed to help in star wars galaxies. that game is a RAM hungry beast!
Well, I broke down and ordered WinXP so that 1 GB of RAM RAM and 4GB file limits woundn't be an issue! I'll be installing it tonight! (Along with a new MB!)
What prompted the performance question was that I was using 3DMark2003 and seeing a lot of systems with Win98/ME performing a lot less than those with XP. Figured it was due to the opperating system since specs were about the same.
He's talking about the 4GB <i>single file size</i> limitation because of the FAT32 file system, which is not the case with NTFS ... instead of the OS virtual address space limitation, which is indeed 4GB per process.