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 PostPost subject: Best Windows OS        Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:40 am 
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What is the best Windows OS?

In the terms of performance vs GUI. I mean, the fastest version of Windows :)

So far, from what I've seen. I've gotta say that Windows Server 2003 is the fastest. However, I haven't tried out Windows 2000 or any of the other versions apart from...

Windows Server 2008
Windows Vista (Home premium, business & ultimate)
Windows XP SP1, SP2 & SP3
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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:01 am 
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Windows 98 is the fastest (because it had to run on slowest machines), not Windows Server 2003.
Other are slower than W98, but they have improvements in term of security, usability, ...

But it probably doesn't answer the question ;)

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:28 am 
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95 and vista...

95 has the best gui,
ok, for that old time,
actually its vista because
ms removed the old
crap from 9x, files
like winchat, i like it
that theyre not here
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Namronia wrote:
95 and vista...

95 has the best gui,
ok, for that old time,
actually its vista because
ms removed the old
crap from 9x, files
like winchat, i like it
that theyre not here
anymore :)

At the risk of backseat modding, you should completely rewrite that entire post from scratch,

Windows 2003 is probably the fastest, but each OS needs to be reviewed based on the hardware it was intended to run on, comparing Vista to Windows 2000 on a PC from 1999 would hardly be fair, and older OSes that do less things (that today are considered essential features) potentially gain an unfair advantage, Vista is quite fast on a top spec machine, the kind of machine it was designed for, Vista is still fairly snappy on a mid-end laptop, but you need to disable all the fancy features.
So what we're really looking at here is scalability, I doubt Windows 98 would scale very well on a 4Gb 3GHz 64-bit system with a 8800GTS, and I doubt Vista would scale well on a 256Mb 250MHz with a waffle for a GPU.

I don't hear people complaining that Crysis won't run on their 486, yet this forums is full of people complaining that Vista won't run on it.

But to give a clear answer: Windows 2003 Standard Edition, scales well both ways and supports a large amound of features.

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A liitle bit offtopic, but what is "backseat modding"???? Never heard that before :P

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At the risk of backseat modding, you should completely rewrite that entire post from scratch,


I already suggested this to the user.

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Windows NT 3.51

Good, retro GUI, and it doesn't crash!


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Windows NT 3.51 (like all Microsoft Operating Systems) has to crash sometimes:
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As for the topic question, I'd say Windows 98. I ran it for 7 years on a Pentium III and most BSODs it made, they were easily recoverable (e.g. device removal while still being used). :^)

Edit: Changed Micro$haft to Microsoft

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My 2 favorite OS are 98se and 2000


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longview wrote:
Namronia wrote:
95 and vista...

95 has the best gui,
ok, for that old time,
actually its vista because
ms removed the old
crap from 9x, files
like winchat, i like it
that theyre not here
anymore :)

At the risk of backseat modding, you should completely rewrite that entire post from scratch.

Hey? What the hell? Leave the guy alone!!


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Andy wrote:
longview wrote:
At the risk of backseat modding, you should completely rewrite that entire post from scratch,


I already suggested this to the user.

How was he backsheat moderating? :?


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livelonger87 wrote:
longview wrote:
Namronia wrote:
95 and vista...

95 has the best gui,
ok, for that old time,
actually its vista because
ms removed the old
crap from 9x, files
like winchat, i like it
that theyre not here
anymore :)

At the risk of backseat modding, you should completely rewrite that entire post from scratch.

Hey? What the hell? Leave the guy alone!!

Calm down, please. And he (longview) already explained what he meant by backseat modding. All done was a suggestion to rewrite the post as it is not easily readable & understandable.

Please use the edit function if you want to add something to a previously posted answer.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:46 pm 
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Window Server 2003 is one of the best OS ever.


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server 2003 still remains my favourite. for all its usability blips its still a great OS if you're willing to set everything to more user friendly settings.

after that, XP. the new SP3 builds are incredible and i eagerly await the final build.


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When I had my Pentium 3 with 500 MHz some years ago, I have used Windows 2000 for a long time. It was fast and had less BSODs than the Windows 9x Versions I have used before. Later, since 2004, I'm runnng Windows XP - it has a nicer GUI than Win 2000 - but in some way I miss the good old "Windows 2000 times" :P
However, now I would never turn back to Windows 2000.

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Peteski wrote:
server 2003 still remains my favourite. for all its usability blips its still a great OS if you're willing to set everything to more user friendly settings.

after that, XP. the new SP3 builds are incredible and i eagerly await the final build.

I agree.

I've used almost every OS from 95-2008 and I must say that Sever 2003 is the best on modern hardware. However what goes along with that is the hour of time that you must put in (outside of installing software) to set all the settings back to normal.

However, when SP3 comes out offically, it will most likely surpass 03 as the best OS for modern hardware.


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The best is Windows 2000 !!! :P


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The one I use at home & is my Main OS is... Vista Ultimate x86

All my apps work on Vista except for 1- 16bit app, so I have XP on another partition for that one.

I would say Vista is my favorite, but probably XP is the best just because of the 16 bit apps.


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I think Windows 2000 is the best Windows Microsoft has put out yet. Yeah, in the now it could use some more driver support and updates, but it has a clean interface and little overhead.

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My two favourite OS's are Windows XP Professional SP2 and Windows 2000 Professional. Both great OS's IMO


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I think Windows 2000 is the best Windows Microsoft has put out yet. Yeah, in the now it could use some more driver support and updates, but it has a clean interface and little overhead.


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