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Should home users upgrade to Windows Me or Windows 2000?

A new debate has been stirring since the release of Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows Me. Should home users upgrade to this new OS, or would Win2K Pro be a better route? Let us know where you stand in this week's Point and Counterpoint.

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I don’t know if this is such a great idea
A few days ago, I was involved in a conversation between a few A+ students and an A+ course instructor. We were discussing if people who upgrade from Windows 3.11 and Windows 95 (yes, these people do exist) should choose Microsoft’s newest operating system specifically designed for use by home users, Windows Me.

While everyone in the conversation approved of users upgrading these older operating systems, there was some disagreement about which OS home users should choose for their upgrade. While Windows Me has been designed for use only in home systems, boasting impressive network, video, and audio capabilities, the reviews on the product haven’t been exactly in Me’s favor. As a matter of fact, most of the reviews that I have read suggest that end users forget about Me and instead opt to upgrade to Windows 2000 Professional.

Quite a few people in the discussion agreed with the negative reviews. The general consensus was in favor of users taking the high-end Windows 2000 Professional. This favoritism troubled me a bit, however. Windows 2000 Professional is a network client, designed for use in business networks. While it’s true that some end users have taken the Win2K Pro plunge, I feel deeply that most Windows 9x-based users will have difficulty moving onto the new, unfamiliar platform.

So why is this topic important for the IT department and support technicians? The answer is a simple, and potentially annoying, one. Users in your network who upgrade to Win2K may believe that they can rely on the support personnel in their company to assist them with any problems they may have with the upgrade. You think you get stopped in the hallways too much now? Wait until users begin tracking down support personnel to ask what might be wrong with their home computers!

The point
Do you think that home computer users upgrading to Windows 2000 Professional is a bad idea? If you do, we want to hear your take on the topic. Why would you suggest that users stick with the 9x kernel? Send us a note or post a comment below with your thoughts.

The counterpoint
Does it really matter what operating system home users use? Should home users be able to install an operating system designed for business networking? If you think this isn’t a problem, we want to know your thoughts. Send us a note or post a comment below with your opinion on the subject.
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