what next...

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by forcer, Apr 16, 2003.

  1. forcer

    forcer OSNN Senior Addict

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    i'm sure quite a few ppl will have been in the same situation as me, but where 2 go next is what i cant decide...:huh:

    i've been one of the fortunate ones and XP has went really good for me since ive had it but now i've decided i dont want it anymore i've been on a computer with ME/2K and they run alot better even though my computers cleaner and faster and i'm putting it down to xp so i want to format and change OS.

    should i format and down grade 2 maybe ME or 98.

    should i format to win 2000 and stick 2 that.

    should i format to win 2000 get my computer all organised and how i want it then wait for win2003(8days) and upgrade my current windows 2 that

    should i wait for 2003 and perform all my format/installing stuff then... but its more than a week away and i want to start now!:rolleyes:
     
  2. blinden

    blinden OSNN Senior Addict

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    first thing's first, get the term "ME" out of your vocabulary...

    second, what are you going to be doing on the machine?

    games?

    office stuff?

    need more details to answer this question.
     
  3. forcer

    forcer OSNN Senior Addict

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    games, web design, programming, graphics, music production i have quite alot of computer type hobbies, and so on
     
  4. Herkalees

    Herkalees Guest

    I say you install ME, after that, install all versions of AOL at the same time, then Gator, Xupiter, BDE and all the rest...


    Sorry, couldn't resist. Basically, don't ever install ME, choose 2K if you don't want to use XP anymore.
     
  5. Lighter

    Lighter . . . . . . . . .

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    *chuckles madly*

    WinME was Microsoft's biggest brain fart ever. If they had only held off for several months, they could have skipped the release entirely.
     
  6. Lighter

    Lighter . . . . . . . . .

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    Well, for your multiple hobbies, a step left (not down) to Win2K is the better option if you want to change, given what you've listed. It's just as solid as XP, without all the GUI bells and whistles (and a several dozen other tweaked features).

    Just out of curiosity: What type of performance issues have you had with XP? Speed, drivers, stability?
     
  7. forcer

    forcer OSNN Senior Addict

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    just the time takes 2 boot, aint timed but i can leave the room do something else came back a few minutes later abd be lucky if its loaded.

    i play online games 2... a friend is using 2k i'm on xp my computer has higher specs but game runs better on his comp than mine even in 1p mode but when i had WINME i didnt get any of these problems so i am putting it down 2 the gui and other crap taking up all my ram.
     
  8. syn

    syn long live xp0!

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    if you want speed, go with win98se...but 2k is more stable. choose what you like....

    as for you other people, microsoft was smart by releasing ME, they sucked more money from nubs for being dumb enough to buy it. more money for them. go micro$haft.
     
  9. syn

    syn long live xp0!

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    and what win2k3 are you talking about...unless you are talking about w2k3 server, there is no version of windows coming out. and i don't think you want to install a server o/s on a computer you will be using for stuff other than what it was designed for.

    if im missing some major release, lemme know
     
  10. zyfos

    zyfos Resurrected

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    I wonder why it takes your computer so long to boot with XP. One of XP's big features is that it's boot time is supposed to be really short. Have you done any tweaking to your XP?
     
  11. Kevin Ar18

    Kevin Ar18 OSNN Senior Addict

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    What are your system specs?

    Hard Drive Size
    Hard Drive Speed:
    RAM amount:
    RAM type:
    Video Card:
    Processor:
    Audio Card:
    And what settings do you play the game at (and your friend):
    Resolution:
    Color Depth:

    and what are you friend's specs?
     
  12. forcer

    forcer OSNN Senior Addict

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    Hard Drive Size: 40 gig
    Hard Drive Speed: dunno
    RAM amount: 256
    RAM type: SDD i think or whatever its called
    Video Card: Geforce
    Processor: AMD Athlon 1200Mhz
    Audio Card: Some crappy on board SiS
    And what settings do you play the game at (and your friend): same settings as computer
    Resolution: 1024x768
    Color Depth: 32bit

    and no i aint really tweaked this install of XP and i am always keeping my computer clean and organised
     
  13. zyfos

    zyfos Resurrected

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    Start -> Run -> msconfig
    Check the Startup tab and see if there's something running on startup that shouldn't be.

    Might also want to try out Bootvis.
     
  14. blinden

    blinden OSNN Senior Addict

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    you mentioned nothing about network... do you have a modem or NIC installed? if you have an NIC installed and no network, that could be massively increasing boot time.
     
  15. forcer

    forcer OSNN Senior Addict

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    yeh i'm using my NIC card for my broadband connection.
     
  16. blinden

    blinden OSNN Senior Addict

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    does it connect on boot up or after boot?
     
  17. forcer

    forcer OSNN Senior Addict

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    on bootup i would think.. as soon as my computers on its workin
     
  18. Kevin Ar18

    Kevin Ar18 OSNN Senior Addict

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    Do you know your friends specs?

    While you may have something like a better processor, it's possible he has better parts where it really counts.
    For example, the Hard Drive Speed would be a factor in how fast the computer boots up and programs load (5400RPM and 7200RPM are common speeds)
    Also, the type of video card, will play a major factor in the peformance of 3D games, no matter how good a processor you have. This is not to say that a good processor is not a factor in performance, but it can't make up for a slow video card in 3D.
    Other things to consider, some sound chips may reduce your framerates, by a few (however, this isn't a big performance hit).
    Also, the amount and type of RAM can be a factor in some games, so I hear.
     
  19. Majin

    Majin DBZ - Yes its in me!

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    well i have this super super super secret i dont tell anyone ut ill tell you to make a computer go faster there is this super super secret program microsoft put in windows xp as well as bleh me and 2000 its called DEFRAG ..... try that. ROFLMAO
     
  20. forcer

    forcer OSNN Senior Addict

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    yeh i almost cracked the rib there:D