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It's time to upgrade, so what are your opinions with regard to a system primarily used for FS2K2: 2000 Pro or XP Pro?Thanks.-Boyd Barker WestWind Airlines BOS Hub Manager

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That depends on a lot of factors... Generally XP is considered to be a bit faster and a bit more compatible with software and hardware than 2k but 2k is considered more stable and reliable. If you plan on keeping your current computer for awhile, go with XP. If this is just a short-term upgrade you could go either way, depending on your needs. I personally use Win2k because I like its inherent stability and security (compared to other MS OSes), but my machine is mostly used for surfing the net (I hate that cliche) and programming, with a little gaming tossed in the mix (primarily MSFS).Max Cowgill

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Do yourself a favor, get XP Professional -- I mean, I like, know and support both (professionally) but, for home use, Windows XP is the one!J. Padron---

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2000 PRO rules!XP is only its baby hahaSun

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I use XP at home, and find it to be perfectly stable and compatable with all my applications. It (and the 3rd party apps) have gone through a rapid maturing phase which has knocked out lots of former incompatabilities. My vote is with XP as well - Its Microsoft's closest effort to making an operating system match the hype they spin. :-)-Greg

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Thanks for the info folks! One step closer to my MSFS dream system.-Boyd Barker WestWind Airlines BOS Hub Manager

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Here is one thing to consider that no one else has mentioned. If you use XP, then you have to activate your software with MS (either online or by voice). No problem, right? Well, keep in mind that XP is licensed to run on one computer only. So, if you aspire to enhance you flighsim experience with multiple monitors/computers, you will have to buy a new XP OS for each computer! This is not the case if you run 2000pro. If I had it to do over again, I would have gone with Windows 2000.

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2000 has some seeeerious glitches that have been fixed in XP Pro.Or maybe not, but anyways, I like the new Start Menu!!!J/K, it's a really stable OS, reliable, fast and nice-looking. Get XP Microsoft Windows XP today on your local computer shop! Order Now! Microsoft is the best!! WHAHAHAHA!!! :(

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>2000 has some seeeerious glitches that have been fixed in XP >Pro. >>Or maybe not, but anyways, I like the new Start Menu!!! >>J/K, it's a really stable OS, reliable, fast and >nice-looking. Get XP Microsoft Windows XP today on your >local computer shop! Order Now! Microsoft is the best!! >WHAHAHAHA!!! :( LMAO!! I think I detect a hint of sarcasm here... :-lol :-lol :-lol Emilio, you crack me up. Max Cowgill

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Shhhhhhhhhhhh -- David, you cannot install the same copy of Windows 2000 on two separate machines, it's illegal.Carefull David, the Microsoft police is watching us :DJ. Padron

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>Shhhhhhhhhhhh -- David, you cannot install the same copy of >Windows 2000 on two separate machines, it's illegal. >>Carefull David, the Microsoft police is watching us :D It's only illegal if you get caught ;) For the record, I do not condone warez or any other form of software theft ;)Max Cowgill

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This OS seems compatible with everything, and runs FS very very well.It's Win98 with a shiney new cover . . .

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>This OS seems compatible with everything, and runs FS very >very well. >>It's Win98 with a shiney new cover . . . Noel, technically it's Win2k with a shiny new GUI, but it does have Win9x compatibility that Win2k lacked so in a sense you're right.Max Cowgill

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>>This OS seems compatible with everything, and runs FS very >>very well. >>>>It's Win98 with a shiney new cover . . . >>Noel, technically it's Win2k with a shiny new GUI, but it >does have Win9x compatibility that Win2k lacked so in a >sense you're right. >>Max Cowgill I could be wrong, But I think he is refering to a "re-skinned" win98SE, as there are a few packages that will do this just for the look and feel.Hey! No touch!Paul

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Sorry Max, I had to do it. It really is Win98 with a shiney, not so new cover: Object Desktop :() The good news is it passed the Max Cowgill Test!I decided against XP until it matures a bit more. I am really quite pleased to delay Activation Technology as long as possible, and as I say, this OS is really quite compatible, stable enough, requires no annoying Activation Tech, and besides, I know it inside n out. In fact I can't see any good reason to move to XP still. Object Desktop has done a decent job of not only changing the GUI, but adding a few good features. My chief complaint with Win98 is its poor handling >512mb of ram, and its annoying lack of freeing resources fully when you shut apps down. Other than that, it does everything I need it to do.BTW, there are a zillion other GUIs to use with OD, as well as countless cool icon sets, and many other mini features and skins. Cheers,Noel

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