With the launch of Windows XP on the horizon, TechRepublic members have an interesting dilemma on their hands: Which Windows NT-based operating system will they use in their networks? We recently asked members for their thoughts on the issue and received quite a few responses about the NT operating system they prefer.

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In Response offers a roundup of feedback from TechRepublic members intended to help inform you and your peers about critical issues in the world of IT. This week, TechRepublic members share their opinions on which Windows OS they prefer.

Some like legacy operating systems
Surprisingly, quite a few members who responded to the original article asking which operating system they’d choose opted for Microsoft’s legacy OS, Windows NT 4.0. While this operating system may be old and outdated in comparison to today’s operating system standards, many users find that NT 4.0 will do everything they need to properly operate in today’s business environment.

One member, Rsimms, explains in his post that he will be staying with Microsoft’s Windows NT 4.0 because he believes that businesses are not in business to upgrade their operating systems but are in business to show a profit. As long as the operating systems used in the business environment allow companies to make money, then there is no need to upgrade.

Another member, Geb4acs, explains his use of Windows NT 4.0 because “it works well, period.” Geb4acs also notes that his company is moving to Linux-based servers to get away from the Microsoft “upgrade bandwagon.”

Finally, member Michael says he’s using Windows NT because it’s a very stable operating system that works well with other legacy operating systems, such as the Windows 9x series. He also explains that NT 4.0 works well on lower-end machines, whereas newer operating systems such as 2000 and XP require more memory to operate efficiently.

Windows 2000 has won over many members
Not surprisingly, many members who responded to the article were largely in favor of Microsoft’s recent addition to its networking operating system family, Windows 2000. Many members have been impressed by the ease of use of the OS, the support for newer technology such as USB, and the ease of installation of hardware and software.

TechRepublic member Valkos2 explained in his post why he prefers Windows 2000 over NT 4.0 and the upcoming XP operating system:

“Since using Windows 2000, I realized that it is easier to run and set up than Windows NT. So far, all the drivers I needed were included; no specific installs like in NT. [However], there are a few things I am not completely thrilled with [such as] specific support for certain machines, but I am much happier with 2000 than NT.”

Jengels has almost completed an upgrade of his company’s network from Windows 9x based machines to Windows 2000. He explained that he understood how much of an improvement Win2K would be over its predecessors, and made the move to make his network much more stable and add much-needed security. But when it comes to Windows XP, Jengels says that none of the new features impress him to the point where he plans to upgrade. He will be sticking with Win2K for a long time to come.

Terrywfunk agreed with Jengels’s post, writing that he has no plans to upgrade from Windows 2000 to XP unless something drastic changes in the operating system when it’s launched. From all the news, press releases, and articles he has read about the upcoming OS, it may be a bad move for consumers and businesses alike, he said.

Finally, Willemse explained it best when he offered reasons why he plans to stick with Windows 2000:

“2000 delivers everything I want for now: support for all my hardware, stability, ease of use and options to be treated as a newbie with a wizard, or get dirty and do everything yourself. It might sound like a compromise between an end-user and a power-user OS, but in my view it is both, and in a manner which no other OSs seem to be able to deliver.”

Packing up and ready to move to XP
While other members may be hesitant to make the move to Microsoft’s new OS, others are eagerly anticipating the release of Windows XP. Be it the new user interface, the new features not included in Windows 2000, hardware and software support, or any other feature, these members are ready to make the move and support Microsoft’s newest addition.

Bkrueger offered his reason why his company will be making the jump to Windows XP when it’s released:

“Windows XP will be the OS we change to. Windows 2000 is not giving us any problems, but we are interested in the Remote Assistance feature.”

Another member, Pohsibkcir, explained that he likes to have the newest technology installed on his machines. He further explains that he believes Windows XP will be the best operating system for his clientele due to its support of the latest hardware and software technology. However, he does wish that Microsoft would review its OS licensing procedures.

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