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Upgrading from Windows 98 .. SE or 2000 ?

We're ready to upgrade but don't know if Windows 98 Second Edition or 2000 is better.  Don't want a lot of disruption, received Windows 2000 Professional for my Bday; and need to decide if for business and games/audio editing, 2000 is right for us.

The COMMENTS that work best for us will win.

Thanks.
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mj_coleCommented:
It will all depend on what you do with your computer. Personally I do mostly internet/office and a few games, and intend to change to win2000 very soon.

If you do a lot of games, I would either dual boot or use win98, and if you run many very old applications that prefer dos, also stick with win98.

Marts
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mj_coleCommented:
One more thing, if you really want stability, go the win2000 route, in my experience the NT (win2000) side of the windows programs is far superior for this.

You said least disruption? what do you mean by that?

Marts
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opihiCommented:
The highest stability approach is to choose W2K, but you will certainly experience disruption if you try to set up special hardware. Regarding SoundEditng it depends on the SoundCard you use (creative e.g. announced, not to create w2k-drivers for the isa-based soundcards). AWE64 runs with W2K native driver support, for example. But if you like to use WavetableSynthesis, W2K doesn´t use hardware capabilities, it uses SoftwareWavetableSynthesis and that sounds ugly.
Another point is, that some versions of audio software, for example cubaseVST/24 require Windows9x.
And although there is no encapsulation for running applications in Windows98SE, its stability is not too bad, if it is configured properly.
I don´t think there is a need for a dual boot configuration, because it doubles administration time. As long as you intend to run various multimedia applications and as long as you prefer higher compatibility, choose W98SE.
W2K seems to be pretty cool, but grant the developers some time to improve compatibility and you´ll have to think over and over again. If your decision has to be made NOW, I´d recommend for your purposes to install W98SE.


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harley47Commented:
Here are a couple of things to think about before making your choice.
1. Win2k is more stable than win98, on the other hand Win2k has 63,000 known bugs.
2. Win2k is made for business not home
3. Win2k has many more security features than win98. (IE you can password protect each file)
4. Win2k is more hardware dependent than win98 (it takes more power to achieve the same performance)
5. If you work with large files alot Win2k employes better use of memory.
6. check your hardware to see if it is compatable. (just because a company has win2k drivers doesn't mean they will work right) Check the HCL. www.microsoft.com/hcl/default.asp
7. If you want to play games don't do win2k.

You can also wait until later this year and get Windows Me. (Windows Me is an upgrade from Win98, However like Win98 it is built on the Win95 kernel.)

If stability is the isue Either Win98 (if setup correctly) or Win2k will do you just fine.

On the stability note I have run Win98SE for over 3 months without an error, and I do heavy graphics on a regular basis.


Bill
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mj_coleCommented:
Everyone is touting the 63000 known bugs issue arround about windows2000, there are millions of lines of code, and every piece of software has bugs.

I wonder how many bugs are in wordperfect office, or linux? But people still use them. My point is that many people want to bash microsoft, and this 63000 bugs issue sounds really bad, its really standard for a piece of software this big.

After all the pushing and shoveing, windows2000 is still the best version of windows to come out ever UNLESS you want to play games and use old msdos apps.

Marts
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harley47Commented:
mj_cole

Questions for ya. You say Win2k is the best windows ever correct? Would you want to run it on a computer with the min. requirments? I don't think so. Also Win2k has been out around 3 weeks don't you think it is a bit to early to hail it as the best Windows ever?

Bill
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harley47Commented:
my point is Win2k is only as good as what is will be installed on and used for


Bill
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SnodyCommented:
I used Win2k 2 moths. I think is really really stable, but can't find drivers for every hardware. If you want to play games, this OS isn't the right one for you! If you want to work, it's great.

I think the best solution is a dual boot. First install Win98 SE and then install Win2k. There aren't problems with that system, I use too. Win2k autodetects the old OS.

Greetz
Andy
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mj_coleCommented:
That's right snody, I have had the beta's for months, and based on them alone, I say that win2000 is the best windows ever. plus i would say that the ram requirement that i would use is 128mb. Processor speed makes a difference, but only to the same extent as with other oses.

Marts
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DiskSkipperCommented:
Best way to see if this is the right software for you is to do a dual boot, you can run both together. Set them up on two different partitions, and then you'll have the choice when the P.O.S.T.
finishes to choice either Win98 or Win2k
try them both out ,test games,etc and see for yourself, never listen to others,because opinions are like your rearend, everyone has one, and they all stink :)
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harley47Commented:
DiskSkipper,

Why did you post an answer? If you read the posts Snody has already suggested Dual boot. I hope your posting an answer was a mistake and not some lame attempt to get points with another persons comment.

My 2 cents

bill
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mj_coleCommented:
the guy who posted this question said that the best COMMENT will get the points, so I hope you do not, particularly as this comment was already proposed.

Marts
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harley47Commented:
MJ_cole,

Just to let you know I've got nothing against Win2k, Three of my computers are running it. I agree the OS is great so far, I just think it is a bit early to tell how great it is.

Bill
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mj_coleCommented:
I think that we generally agree about win2k/9x, not games/games, I guess that I am just a little enthusiastic about win2k as my notebook works great now, much better than with nt4 and as fast as win98 for most things, even most games.

My one point to anyone is that you do want to get plenty of ram I have 128mb and consider that to be my minimum, although lighter useage my get by with 64mb (just).

Marts
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knineAuthor Commented:
There have been MANY GREAT COMMENTS, thank you.

Will post back shortly.  Please do not lock with answer.
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knineAuthor Commented:
It was tough to pay just one person with so much valuable information; thank you everyone for your help.  
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mj_coleCommented:
So are you upgrading to win2000?

Marts

ps thanx for the points
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