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Re: Operating System Reccomendation Sought

[Subject Prev][Subject Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next] Keith,

I would advise XP on any new computer with minimum 256MB RAM.

For stability I would go for XP on all computers. This would get rid of your multi-tasking problems, hang-ups, lock-ups  etc because it is a true multi-tasking OS and protects itself against the types of problems you are having, unlike 98.
The downside of this is that upgrading to XP on an existing computer (especially one older than 12-18 months) is probably going to cost lots in time getting everything working again. You will probably have to find new drivers for most peripherals, graphics cards, just about everything unless it is a very new computer.

NT4 or 2000 would also do the job but why go for the old version when a new version has been released in XP.

We have 1 XP, 3 Windows 2000 machines and 1 98. We have the 98 for testing because we have to have one to test our software on. It is not used for general programming, because of all the reasons you gave, until the final testing phase because it wastes so much time rebooting all the time, which does not happen on the 2000 computers. We have to test the software on 98 to find all the 98 specific problems like memory leaks that crash a 98 computer but which NT/2000/XP has no problems with.

At 02:27 PM 15/01/02 -0800, you wrote:
So, I have this non-engineering question.  I am desperately calling upon my fellow engineering brethren to help me out.
I recently had a computer hard drive die on me and had to start over.  That being the case, I asked a couple of people whether I should stay with Widows 98 or change to Windows 2000 or XP in hopes of stabilizing the platform.  I was amazed at the lack of consensus among the response I received.
So here I go.  Firstly, I do not wish to create a kind of LORD vs. ASD debate.  I am simply at a crossroads, and sincerely want to improve the stability of this silly box my life seems to be so dependent upon.
3 computers - 1 server & 2 work stations - with potential to add two more over the next 18 months.
Windows 98 - Server, P3-350 w/ 256 megs of ram
Windows 98se - Work Station #1, P3-733 w/ 256 megs of ram
Windows 98se - Work Station #2, P3-650 w/ 256 megs of ram
planned new work station, P4-2000 w/ 512 megs of ram
Data is kept on Work Station #1 and the server is used for print sharing and backup.
My question.  #1)  Do I change to Windows 2000 on all machines.  #2)  Do I change to XP on all machines.  #3)  Or, do I stick with Window 98 and upgrade the server to 98se.
The goal is to stabilize each individual machine.  The network seems to work just fine.  It's the annoying little hang-ups, lock-ups and crashes that bug the day-lights out of me.  I don't know for sure if it is the software that creates these problems or the operating system.  I am lucky that I haven't lost any data (yet).  The machines do not handle opening and closing several applications at the same time without noticeable memory leak and we have to occasional reboot to get 'em humming again.
The software I'm running seems to be fairly standard for our industry.  AutoCAD LT2000, Office 2000, Visual Analysis 4, Quick Books 99, Backup Exec, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Digital Camera stuff, 3 different printers (all HP) and "plug and play" stuff (yeah, right).
I of course don't want to trade stability for conflicts.  Seems to me that in the era of the P4, I should be able to have both.
The former Microsoft employee programmer next door says 2000 all the way.
The owner of the computer store where I buy my stuff says 98se, but he likes XP the more he plays with it and don't even think of 2000.
The kid who cleans my office and is a self proclaimed guru (he actually fixed a major crash and showed me that even though my computer would not boot up because it couldn't find my hard drive that it was actually not my hard drive, so he has earned some credibility bucks with me, and he is only 16 year old, amazing!) recommends XP and staying away from 98se and says even 95 would be better than 98se.
Please help!!  I am pretty good at tinkering with hardware and drivers for peripherals and loading software without blowing things up.  But, I am no means an expert.  Also, since the system is so small, I would rather administer it myself than hire it out.
Thanks in advance for your input.

Regards  Gil Brock
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