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By blewzman ·
I want to upgrade my 98 OS and do not want to go to XP. I have been told 2000 does not support a lot of multi-media and like periph. is this tru and if so what are my options for a new o/s.

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by rbrt In reply to Win 2k PRO at home

It really depends on what type of multi-media and peripherals you are wanting to use. The Windows 2000 family are basically operating systems utilized within business environments because of there stability, security and ability to centralize administrative tasks and this is basically the only difference between 98 and Pro. However, this doesn't mean they won't support a wide range of multi-media. Before you do anything you can decide what types of multi-media and peripherals you desire. Your next step would be to go to the Microsoft Website and look up the HCL (Hardware Compatibility List)to make sure your wishlist of items is compatible with Windows 2000. Software is basically a trial and error thing because 2000 can be picky and your usually pretty safe choosing software that is compatible with 2000 but I myself have never had problems with any type of software and I am always trying out freeware and shareware. Just to be safe you can choose to use a third party software like DriveImage or Norton Ghost so that way you always have a back-up that you can revert to if a certain software package affects things negatively. I think you would find 2000 would suit your needs more than you or others might think. Good luck.

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by Ann777 In reply to Win 2k PRO at home

There's 98 Second Edition... If you have Win98 base, then you probably have 98 first edition. Second Edition adds ICS, a whole lot more flexibility and seems more stable then 95 and 98 (I currently use 98SE, XP or 2000 -- these are the OSes I run on my hdds).

Do NOT choose WinME (Millenium Edition) under any circumstances.

For multimedia... are you talking gaming? music cds? or rendering graphics/art?
WinXP seems okay with the drivers for cd drives (I've not noticed any problems with new peripherals and these drivers).
If you are talking games... then choose Win98SE or WinXP. (I use 98SE on my gaming hdd)
If you are talking music/art... then choose WinXP.

The only problems experienced with 2000, are that some games will not run on 2000 -- cd-driver seems to not recognize the cd or even install some of these games; but the cd's are purchased and work fine with the same cd-rom drive under a different OS (I have hdd drawers that I use as secondary drives depending on what I plan to use the computer for). But for a machine that needs to run work applications, I'd recommend 2000.

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by jcmcintyre In reply to Win 2k PRO at home

I'm using Win 2K Pro at home, and I love it. It's very stable, I have no problems gettings drivers, and I watch any movie, listen to any music, and play any game I want.

My sound card, video, DVD player and DVD movie all work great, and games like Medal og Honor run without a hitch

It's also much more stable than '98. It really isn't necessary to go to XP, and '98 just doesn't ahve the stability.

Y9u won't regret going to 2K Pro

Cheers

Jim

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