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Old 02-23-04, 08:06 PM   #1
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Which one should I use? I do tons of gaming and computer animation!
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Old 02-23-04, 08:20 PM   #2
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Well that depends on how much memory you have. I'm assuming that you have at least 512MB, which would suffice for either. If you don't plan to use the frills that XP has, such as built in cd burning and whatnot, stick with 2K.
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I say XP. Not a problem in the year or so I have been useing it and I think its a big improvement.
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XP is a good safe bet now, especially since SP1 has been out for a while (SP2 is on the way soon too). I believe that XP's TCP/IP stack is improved a bit over W2K but basically they're a wash IMO. The most recent OS is usually the better investment, longer life. Longhorn is a couple years out most likely so XP support (from MS and softare developers) will be around for a number of years to come while W2K support will begin to be phased out...MS has been more aggressive about that lately. Although they did recant on their Win98 support ending and extended it.
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XP has far better compatibility with older games. Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed for example runs perfectly on XP while it's damn near impossible on 2000. Same deal with Shogo. XP also can be tweaked to make it not feel as system intensive. Heck you can pretty much make it look and feel almost exactly like 2000 if you know the right settings to adjust.
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XP has far better compatibility with older games. Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed for example runs perfectly on XP while it's damn near impossible on 2000. Same deal with Shogo. XP also can be tweaked to make it not feel as system intensive. Heck you can pretty much make it look and feel almost exactly like 2000 if you know the right settings to adjust.
Good points, XP is much more game friendly. I dumbed down my XP interface on my current laptop (800MHz PIII, 384MB, ATI Rage Mobility 16MB) and it runs almost as fast as W2K used to...with all XP eye candy on it is unbearable though...so yes, it is very scalable from that perspective.
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Old 02-23-04, 09:46 PM   #7
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my system specs are as follows

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Nice rig. What do you use for computer animation? Maya, 3DStudioMax, etc? Depending on how much you have invested (or will have) in doing this you may want to check those products out and see if there are any specific reasons why you would want W2K over XP...I really doubt there are any though. Sometimes you find things like this with programs like AutoCAD...but since XP is as mature as it is now I doubt that any of those apps will have any problems with XP. I just ran into a corporate employee attendance app the other day that CRAWLS on XP due to some oddball issue with the proprietary database that they use..and this is latest version of their software...that's exception to the rule though, just be aware that it is possible so check out your apps to be sure.
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I can used maya plus 3ds max and somewhat lightwave
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Well double check with those apps but 99% of people will tell you to go with XP, pretty much a no brainer but good idea to check and be sure regarding those apps.
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problem I have is xp is faster in booting up compare to 2000. but 2000 fast once you are inside OS and that is were xp starts slow down.. so habe some issues with picking one or the other
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I've experienced no slow downs using XP vs 2K... maybe there is something else at work that's giving you the slow downs.

Personally, I like XP better. Sure it's a prettier version of 2K, but if all the games are intended for XP than wouldn't it make sense to have XP . Furthermore, I've actually read of a few games like NBA 2004, which donot run well or at all on Win2k, and they don't plan to make patches for it because they consider Win2k a "business operating system."

On a side note, I also think XP handles USB devices better, at least it did for me when I switched.

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