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I was going to Install Windows 2000 Professional SP4 on my computer instead of Windows XP. But I'm not sure whether it's a good idea or not. Could somebody tell me the pros and cons of this?

Also I recently Installed Windows 2000 Server to an old Dell Laptop, and it seems fairly fast. Will it have the same effect on my PC?

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AMD Athlon II X3 435

2.91 GHZ, 2.00 GB of RAM

Windows XP Home Edition SP3

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JFYI, a correctly tweaked/optimized XP (if you can stand it's toyish looks :ph34r: ) can be almost as fast as a Win2K (and it does have among the zillion completely unneeded "enhancements" :w00t: a few :whistle: ones worth it ).

By using (with some common sense) the advice given on sites like blackviper's or bold-fortune:



or by using the info available here on the MSFN forum, particularly in the nlite section, you can remove/disable most of the annoying, senseless and slowing down services that normally run on a "default" XP.


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XP is faster than W2k provided you have enough Ram for Win, the antivirus, the browser or the application you want.

And not by little: on my X25-E +E8600 +P45 it boots in 8s, versus 15s for W2k pro (I optimise W2k but know XP little).

Once running, XP starts applications much faster than W2k does.

This is due to its better Ntldr and Ntdetect (improvable on W2k) and to its prefetch which W2k lacks.

Now, why do I stick with W2k? Well, just because XP upsets me within 20s each and every single time.

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