Which One??

By Mekolo
Sep 23, 2003
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  1. I have the chance to get XP Pro or Win 2k Pro. I heard the the Pro versions are not good for games. Games is what I do most on my computer. Which one would be better for playing games??
  2. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    XP Pro is the best OS out there right now. There is no problem with games either, at least not with XP, though win2k would need the compatability feature installed if you are going to play some older games. WinXP Pro installs this by default.
  3. Justin

    Justin Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,595

    XP is definately the better choice for gaming. Especially older games, XP has a much better track record (in my personal experience) with compatibility in older games. Driver support for newer hardware also seems to be better, particularly in the video card department, which of course is one of the biggest impacts on current games.
  4. Technozoic

    Technozoic Newcomer, in training

    "... anything you can do I can do better..."
    XP is a step above 2K, IMHO, especially for gamers.
  5. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    2K Pro has & is working fine for me. I installed XP & ended up disabling all the new features, turning it back into a 2K pro so I thought I might as well stick with the original & avoid the cleansing process.;)

    It's true that when it comes to old games ( especially DOS ones ), 2K wouldn't be too recommended but it's just easier to get an old machine install a 9x OS on it just in order to play those games.

    If you go the XP route, you might as well get XP Home if the only thing you will do with it is gaming. XP Home is cheaper & the Pro version has features such as DualCPU support ( HT is enabled on XP Home, mind you ), DualView ( with more then one card ), NTFS supports, etc that you probably won't use.
  6. Justin

    Justin Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,595

    XP Home supports NTFS.
  7. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    This page seems to report the contrary.

    Look at the Encrypting File System section.
  8. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    I have put XP home on several machines and you have the same option of using Fat32 or NTFS when installing.
  9. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    That page says that the 'Encrypting File System' is not supported. This is a feature of NTFS, but it doesn't need to be activated. That page simply says that the Home edition of winxp doesn't support ntfs with encryption, but it does support ntfs.
  10. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    I stand corrected. I haven't used XP much, even less XP Home. I still stand behind my choice of XP Home for his situation though.:)
  11. Charles Hammond

    Charles Hammond Newcomer, in training Posts: 164

    xp and old scanners do not get along well.
  12. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    In case you want to play old games, I stumbled on this page not so long ago.

    DOSBox

    It might be worth a try.
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