Windows 2K or XP?
Posted: Aug 3, 04, 4:39 MatthewHSE
Joined: 20 Jul 2004
Location: Central Illinois, typically glued to a computer screen
I've been using Windows 2000 for several years now and am pretty used to it. Just recently I had my first experience with Windows XP and, in my opinion, it seemed like a dumbed-down, kludged-up and fouled-around version of W2K. For instance, instead of a decent user management tool like W2K, XP has this crazy wizard-like tool that doesn't give nearly enough options - not that I could find, at least - and doesn't show enough information.
Am I the only one with this opinion? I really was very strongly and negatively impressed with XP, but then there's the other side of the coin, with some people claiming it's more secure than W2K. Anyway, I'm just looking for opinions at the moment; should I consider "upgrading" to XP, or stick with what I have?
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Windows XP versus Windows 2000
:: Quote ::Am I the only one with this opinion? I really was very strongly and negatively impressed with XP
I can't speak for everyone, but I have installed many Windows 2000s, and have dealt with Windows XP as a network admin.
There are some key points to keep in mind with Windows XP:
The list goes on, I tried Windows XP, in fact I have it installed on my computer on a test partition, but I find that I never use it. This is a classic mark of failure, the new OS should make you want to use it, not make you cringe.
XP does have a few actual pluses, their file system and bootup times were improved a bit, but it's not really very noticeable from what I can see. The single thing I actually like on XP is the default slideshow viewer for galleries in folders, when you view one image in a folder, a gallery viewer with next/previous pops up.
But it's really just a consumer version of Windows 2000, which was in my opinion the best OS Microsoft will ever make, it did and does everything you need it to do, and doesn't require you to disable all the consumer garbage put on Windows XP.
:: Quote ::, but then there's the other side of the coin, with some people claiming it's more secure than W2K
If you install the Windows 2000 service packs, I think it's up to 4 now, you get the same security fixes more or less, MS had trouble selling XP to corporations who have already switched to 2000, for the above reasons, so don't look for security updates being switched off anytime in the near future, although you can be sure that MS would love to get people on XP then Longhorn, but really there will be no reason to think of upgrading until Longhorn is finally released, that may be around 2007 now by latest estimates, they are having a lot of trouble with that OS, features are being dropped left and right, but they are still way behind estimated gold code ship dates.
If you followed the recent Firefox/Mozilla security holes, you might have noticed that several of them in fact only are problems on Windows XP, so any alleged 'security benefit' is in my opinion a complete hoax, probably put out there by MS's own PR staffs.
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