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View Poll Results: What OS should I use?
Stick with 98se 3 17.65%
Move on up to Windows 2000 pro 11 64.71%
Other (please specify) 3 17.65%
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Old Jul 19, 2003, 02:06 AM   #1
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Default Upgrade to W2k pro?

I have an older computer that I use for basic stuff: web stuff, HL mods, chatting via trillian, mp3's, I even have it folding 24/7. Right now its running 98se.

Celeron 433mhz
Gigabyte 6ZXC (intel 440zx chipset)
192mb SDram
GeForce2 MX 32mb

It does what I want it to, but it does have some stability problems. Of coarse every once in a while I open a program it doesn't like, so it hard locks, but thats to be expected with older windows. One thing I don't like is over a period of a few days I can watch my RAM and system resources % slowly disappear (by watching control panel and cacheman).

So my question is will switching over to Win2k pro help with these problems, and possibly give me a performance gain? Or would it be best to stcik with 98 and just live with the problems? Or maybe other options?
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Old Jul 19, 2003, 04:37 AM   #2
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i think you should slap xp on that machine

i had a machine around the same specs and it ran xp beautifully

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Old Jul 19, 2003, 10:10 AM   #3
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Why not just dual-boot? That's what I did when I couldn't decide whether to switch to Win2K.
As for a performance increase, you won't see any. Speedwise, Win98, Win2K, and WinXP are all practically identical. However, you will notice that Win2K crashes much less often than Win98.
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Old Jul 19, 2003, 07:44 PM   #4
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well you gotta figure its a completely different kernel (nt vs 9x) that manages your resources alot more efficiently...thats why i got a speed boost when i installed xp off a fresh format on my older machine
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Old Jul 19, 2003, 08:25 PM   #5
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Windows 2k Pro is a pretty great OS, and is a solid step up from 98 SE.

However, given your current hardware, I would simply enjoy the 98 SE setup that you have.

When you upgrade your system with a faster Proc and a bit more RAM, Win 2k Pro would be a great option for you.

One thing you may want to try, just for fun <GRIN>, is to Image your current config with Norton Ghost (to another drive or partition) and then once that is safely backed up, go ahead and install Win 2K Pro and see how it performs. If you feel it performs well and you like the way it works for you, you could stick with it.

If you think it is just a bit sluggish, you could revert back to your GHOST image, no harm no foul.

Or, you could then format it and reinstall Win 98 SE from scratch to help increase stability.

Believe it or not, on my new Alienware machine, XP was unstable - mainly because of incompatibility with the Audigy 2 that was installed. During testing, I installed Win 98 SE and after removing the Audigy 2 realized that 98 SE was blazingly fast by comparison with XP and since Intel and ATI supply motherboard and vid card drivers that are solid, it works very stably.

I"m glad I stuck with 98 SE for other reasons too. No extra processes running in the background, no "dial home" type of junk in there, no MSN Messenger de-installation hassles, etc.

98 SE feels less intrusive than XP to be sure, but I do think that 2k Pro is a pretty decent step up if you feel you need to go that route.

Good luck. Hope you enjoy what you have regardless of what OS you put on there.
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Old Jul 20, 2003, 12:09 AM   #6
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linux! redhat 9 or mandrake 9.1
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98se is alright, except for networking.
2k is more stable than xp though, but has some issues with games and other programs.
keep 98se, unless you want to have a serious network.
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Old Jul 20, 2003, 03:05 AM   #8
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I say go for it. Your system specs should be able to handle Win2K. The RAM might be a bit on the low side, but it's not far off.

I got WinXP, which hogs even more resources, running on a PII 450 w/ 320MB RAM beautifully.
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