View Full Version : Should I upgrade to XP?

09-12-2002, 02:43 PM
I'm currently Windows ME and to tell you the truth, i haven't had any problems with it until now (see help me! thread)
So the question is should i upgrade to XP?
i heard a lot of bad feedback from XP users, saying it has many bugs.
Please let me know-
what's good about it?
what's bad about it?
why aren't you using it?

your input would be most appreciated

09-12-2002, 02:47 PM
youve heard bad things bout it cos thats what people focus on

the are millions and millions of people who have no trouble with xp

i think its really good

and more to the point it could help you play mafia which is a great game:)


09-12-2002, 02:49 PM
Before you decide, realize there are other OS's you can "upgrade" to that might be better than ME.

Linux (Redhat, Mandrake, etc)
MacOS (hey, we are talking about ME here!)

If you don't mind buying more ram and like the fancy desktop gui stuff, XP might be right up your alley.

Every Windows OS has been pretty buggy, but after awhile they release patches so it eventually becomes acceptable for the general user. But, as to which one you start with, its up to you. If you can try them out free, that might be your best bet.

PS: Even if you're paranoid like me and you want to avoid that "Authentication" crap and get the "Corporate Edition" instead of that crappy "Home" version, you still have the Media Player Spyware fiasco to deal with, and its slower than 2k. No thanks...

09-12-2002, 02:53 PM
i agree with kurgan .... dont goto XP ... ive heard bad stuff about it 2 ... more than the others

i dont like 2k on me dads (but thats prolly cos im not used to it)

dunno linux etc.

i vote 98se

09-12-2002, 03:00 PM
i would vote either 98se since you already know ME or XP, i cant say i have had one problem related to the OS while using XP, but i have seen many a problem with ME, maybe i just got unlucky, but it seems like a throw together, pos, of an OS to me. :D another option is installing 98se (or ME) and also XP that way you can still play Duke3D, Dark Forces or other DOS based games.

09-12-2002, 03:06 PM
well 98SE, 2k are good options. 98 you cna play any game you want really. Don't upgrade to xp yet though, i don't thikn it's a very good idea, not that it's actually a bad OS it's jsut that it's quite buggy IMHO.

09-12-2002, 03:12 PM
i was using 98se before ME, i didn't notice much difference other than cosmetic changes. i might think about going back to it.

09-13-2002, 04:22 AM
It really depends on what you want the system for:

Win98SE is apparently the quickest OS for playing games, so go with that if that is what you want, but I believe that it is full of bugs, I had got to the stage where every second reboot told me my registry was corrupt.

I think both XP and 2K are a lot more stable,having used both, with XP definitely the most stable OS I have ever used.

XP does everything that you want it to, and probably more, and I don't want to know where everyone thinks the bugs are in the program either..... I think that it is a fallacy, more of a misconception than the truth, although it is a little less user friendly than the older 98/ME builds, coming from the NT/2K history that XP is built upon.

09-13-2002, 08:19 AM
Get it with a mouse or IDE cable for the OEM to work:


Can't beat the price.

XP Pro is everything you'll need.

If you need to tweak it to reduce things running, check here:


And here:


09-13-2002, 08:29 AM
::::currently majoring in comp sci:::::

since XP is only on its what 3rd service pack...its really got some kinks in it. you may want to wait until its at least on service pack 8. that's when most of the bugs have worked themselves out and the os is pretty stable.

09-13-2002, 08:31 AM
You must mean 2K.

XP only has one service pack out.


09-13-2002, 08:31 AM
Lol, XP just had SP1, it is Win2K that has SP3.

Took until SP4 or so for NT to be fairly decent too....

09-13-2002, 08:34 AM
I have both XP Pro and Win 2K Pro.

Both with their latest service packs.

If I had to choose - definetly XP Pro.

It just seems more compatible, and feels more stable. Win 2K has crashed a couple times before. XP has not - same applications.

This is a completely subjective observation - take it for what it's worth.

09-13-2002, 08:44 AM
*waves his hads around*
"u will choose winXP"

sivyB"i will choose winXP"

glad that is cleared:D

i've got winxp too, and i got no trouble at all

09-13-2002, 08:55 AM
:eek: oooo

:::keeps mouth quiet about 3rd service pack:::::

09-13-2002, 09:45 AM
3rd service pack for XP? Haha, the first one just came out.

There is however 3 of them for Win 2K.


09-13-2002, 09:49 AM
i heard about xp and upgrading but the main reason it was a hassle 4 most ppl was they forgot to d/l the drivers 4 everything first, so when they installed xp they had no drivers, my bro found that out and both of us havent had any probs.


09-13-2002, 01:39 PM
Youve only heard bad things about XP because ppl tend to bitch when theyres problems & not say anything when things are runnign smoothly. I've never had a problem with Windows XP. If you must use a Microsoft OS then use Windows XP.

09-13-2002, 02:04 PM
problems with XP that are undeniable

1. expensive (coming from sum1 whos neva bought an OS in his life)

2. change bits in yer pc ... have to fone MS to sort it

3. Looks like a 2 yr old designed it (tho i hear there is a old style "skin")

4. wont run dos games .... THIS IS A BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDD problem

5. need new drivers (altho this is but a time consuming problem ... not a major 1)

09-13-2002, 02:13 PM
it does have a backwards compatibility mode

this means that if you have a program which ran on an older version of windows but not on xp. you can tell xp to run it as if it was windows 95/98/me/2000 etc

so effectivly it contains all the other windows versions

if you are gonna get a microsoft windows, xp is the one to get

the question is do you want a version of microsoft windows??

(i reckon you should get xp :) )


09-13-2002, 02:38 PM
if you don't want windows, you can always get lindows;)

09-13-2002, 02:52 PM
it looks fairly simple ...

u can upgrade to XP for about £80 or the equiv .. if money isnt a problem

or u can "upgrade" to win98se for free (im sure u can find sum1 to borrow a disc from)

09-13-2002, 04:53 PM
Even though I'll agree that Win2kPro was "more stable" for me than Win98SE here's what it amounted to:

Win98SE: After a full day of being used, starts to slow down and eventually crashes. Solve by rebooting often.

Win2KPro (and yes, even after all the latest updates and service patches): BSOD (blue screen of death) every so often, but always as fast as can be otherwise. Usually it would crash every couple of days.... ALWAYS while multitasking I might add!

And yes, Win2K has "compatability mode" as well, but nothing is perfect, you always lose some compatability between Windows versions, sadly.

PS: In response to the bottom post, that's how USB devices are always supposed to work in Windows (so long as you have the port enabled in your Device Settings)! ; )

Darth Knight
09-13-2002, 05:26 PM
i have xp and have had no problems at all

the only bug, it was on my dads computer, is that there was a german paint when he first installed xp, it was really weird, he couldn't figure it out and that is weird to becasue he is a computer tech so he usually can

but it is a good OS, i have had no problems with it at all

and where did you get that about Medi Player Spyware? i don't really think so

09-13-2002, 05:49 PM
another good thing bout xp is that if you put a game controller or digital camera into a usb port it automatically detects it and you can use stuff like that without having to install stuff:)

it makes things ded simple:)



Darth Knight
09-13-2002, 05:58 PM
yeah that is a really cool part of it

09-13-2002, 06:42 PM
thanks for your input guys, you've been really helpful.
i think i'll do what a couple of you suggested and wait until the next service pack comes out for xp (unless i manage to get a free copy from somewhere!)

09-13-2002, 07:12 PM
Windows ME--------BARF
Windows XP--------ALWAYS

09-14-2002, 02:41 AM
Originally posted by Darth Clem
problems with XP that are undeniable
3. Looks like a 2 yr old designed it (tho i hear there is a old style "skin")

4. wont run dos games .... THIS IS A BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDD problem

Windows Classic is easy to enable, obviously right clicking on your desktop and checking the Appearance Tab in your display properties. Windows and Button settings is where you change it...

You can run DOS games in Win 2K/XP, but you need programs to be able to give you sound in these "virtual DOS" sessions...

A program like VDM sound - use google to look for it, does the job...