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 PostPost subject: W2k or XP?        Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:20 am 
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I'm in need of trashing my HD again.... as in reformat and reinstall. What would be a better choice, win2k or XP?

I can't stand the XP eyecandy, so I turn it off. Always.
I've got 1GB memory, AMD Sempron 2600+
I've got 1*40GB HD, 3*80GB, and an USB DWD+RW.

gfx is GeForce4MX, soundblaster LIVE! soundcard.

I play World of Warcraft+Burning Crusade, and occasionally Football Manager.

I don't need eyecandy, all I want isas small an OS as possible, with as little overhead as possible. However, would Win2k suit my needs with the occasional Adobe suite dabbling, gaming and otherwise goofing around? (Like VPC and VMWare virtual computers)


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:28 am 
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Windows XP would be better on something that's a reasonable spec like that - it's more modern, runs newer programs (eg Adobe CS3, VPC 2007, MS Office 2007 etc won't run on Windows 2000), and is not much heavier than 2000 if you turn off Themes etc.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:02 am 
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If you want to run new applications such as Office 2007 and VPC2007 and stuff, you have to go for XP. Correctly configured, it can be lean and fast just as Win2k. If older apps such as Office 2003 and VPC2004 are on the list, Win2k will be fine and faster than XP (apart from the boot sequence) out of the box.

If you want to have a lite OS, look into nLite.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:20 am 
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Well, atm I've got VPC2007, but I've no problem with using 2004..... I don't really need to test the very latest betas all the time, I kinda like dabbling with the older stuff anyways :lol

I think I've got "only" CS2 here..... though for the most part, I use Photoshop and Acrobat only. The vector thing occasionally...... (can't remember the name at the top of me head)

WinXP.... even before I turn themes off, it's still an 1.5GB install.....

As for the bootsequence, my computer rarely goes off anyways, so the booting times are a little on the non-important side.

However... I'll have a good look into nLite and see how much unused crap I can get away with removing.

Thanks for the hints and tips.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:40 am 
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VPC2007 doesn't really have any new features over 2004, it's just the official Vista support and VT technology support, which is not present on your CPU anyway.

CS2 will work on Win2k AFAIK, as will Acrobat.

nLite is a really useful tool, I can remove plenty of crap from my XP installs, but they're still not as small as my XPe installs though.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:04 pm 
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Windows 2000 is a more classical windows, it support older applicatiom while XP with SP2 supports recent programs. If you need IE7, WMP11 and etc, you will need XP.

I would use XP since it's still supported by microsoft, while Windows 2000 is in limited support phase.
The tradeback is XP need more space to install and will require more memory, but with 1GB you are fine.


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try winflp, its very lite and you can remove IE if really need be.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 1:08 am 
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Go with XP. It can be made ti be just as lite as 2k.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:55 am 
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strekship wrote:
Go with XP. It can be made ti be just as lite as 2k.


2k can be very lite too.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:54 am 
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I don't need IE7... I use opera and Firefox, much better.

I don't need WMP11, I use DivX and WMPClassic

Basically, what I need, seems to be covered by 2k.....

And i'm really tired of XP, too :/


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 12:37 pm 
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For that kind of specs I would suggest 2000.
Win2000 should work fine on that (unless you can't find proper driver)

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 2:30 pm 
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Go for WinFLP. It is a stripped down XP SP2, can run the SP3, It can handle MUIs and it is between 500mb(i think) and 1.1 GB on the harddisk.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:42 pm 
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I am partial to 2k. I got a very usable, stable install of 175 mb .


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:51 pm 
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i think that windows xp is better then Windows 2k and with programs like nLite everyone can make his own-copy of this OS with all the features we want.. like an unattended installation, service pack integration...


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and with windows xp creating a LAN is very simple!


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luca1988 wrote:
and with windows xp creating a LAN is very simple!

As if it were difficult with Win2k. And please usethe edit button instead of posting multiple times in a row.


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empireum wrote:
luca1988 wrote:
and with windows xp creating a LAN is very simple!

As if it were difficult with Win2k. And please usethe edit button instead of posting multiple times in a row.


Plugged a cable into the back of my PC.

WOAH! SO HARD!

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:44 pm 
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Compact-mac wrote:
empireum wrote:
luca1988 wrote:
and with windows xp creating a LAN is very simple!

As if it were difficult with Win2k. And please usethe edit button instead of posting multiple times in a row.


Plugged a cable into the back of my PC.

WOAH! SO HARD!


lmfao :lol:


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:09 pm 
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simple answer: just go with xp man


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