Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 18th Mar 2008 06:02 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Windows If you are sticking with XP - and plenty of us are - and you're planning to miss the upgrade to Vista read this article on the Australian PC World. It looks at big questions like: will Windows XP still be properly supported by Microsoft and, as a primary development target, by third parties? Is there something we've missed, some hidden gotcha that's going to trip us up?
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mk@tuco.de
Member since:
2007-01-23

I got 2 PCs at home and they use W2k. I must say they do anything I want them to do and they do it in a way that has not changed over the past 8 years. My Hardware is 100% supported and W2k recieves updates via IE.

I got a testing environment in the Office with 3 Harddiscs: W2k, XP, Vista (3 GHz Intel with 2 GB RAM)

I tend to use W2k in most cases. It is quicker than the others, everything is more "cleaned up". There are no gadgets that disturb me.

The disadvantages are not real disadvantages.
IE 7, .NET 3.5, DirectX 10, Readyboost ...

These are all unnecessary things. At least for me.

Take my advice: W2k is the most comfortable system that I have used in the last 8 years and if you enter your serial number once - it wonΒ΄t be checked/stored except for validity - everything is done. You will never be asked again for it and not 1 time will have any annoying pop-up.

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h3rman Member since:
2006-08-09

W2k is the most comfortable system that I have used in the last 8 years and if you enter your serial number once (...) everything is done.


I thought for Win2k you don't need any serial number?
I've installed it a few times and never needed any.
Was I lucky? ;)

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mk@tuco.de Member since:
2007-01-23

I thought for Win2k you don't need any serial number?
I've installed it a few times and never needed any.
Was I lucky? ;)


I guess that was a special CD. All W2k CDs that I had so far asked for the serial number during the installation.

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islander Member since:
2007-04-11

Win2k is an excellent Os indeed.The best from Redmond.

I think if Microsoft wants to redeem themselves with Windows 7 they should use the philosophy of Win2k as their guiding light.Fast,minimal,rock-stable and unobtrusive to the user.

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PunchCardGuy Member since:
2006-04-14

I stayed on W2K for years after XP came out. It was a very solid and reliable OS. But eventually, I started running into problems finding drivers for some newer hardware that I acquired. I finally made the leap to XP some time after SP2 was released (I waited to hear others' experiences with XP SP2 and decided the risk was acceptable). I would say that overall XP SP2 is acceptably stable and functional, and it is my main work OS now. I don't see moving to Vista any earlier than SP2 if then. I do have a trial copy of W2K8 server that I will try out, though. We will see...

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PJBonoVox Member since:
2006-08-14

I whole-heartedly agree.

Windows 2000 is a great OS and if it wasn't for one driver that won't run on it I'd use it without question! (I believe the driver is forced to require XP regardless of whether it needs it)

There's very little that XP offers over 2000, is there? Especially in a business context!

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dimosd Member since:
2006-02-10

Win2003 server is also cool if you can get the drivers right. XP drivers worked fine here in 2 hardware setups.

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B12 Simon Member since:
2006-11-08

I now have XP at work. Having the latest iTunes is nice but other than that I miss W2K (especially the filesystem search).

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