by Kushal Shah
Question: I have
heard that new Microsoft windows 2000 Operating system is too good
in terms of performance, stability & more device driver support.
At present I am running windows 98, should I
Answer: Well yes its right that
windows 2000 has more stability, performance & other various
improvements over previous version of windows. But it is not
standardized yet. Like you maybe having some piece of hardware which
may not be compatible under windows 2000. Even some applications
can't run properly as the developer of those applications has yet to
announce their support for windows 2000 & many other things like
you need minimum of 128 MB Ram & no less then 200 MHZ Processor
to make it run properly & smoothly. Also here is a point which
should be strictly considered when thinking about upgrading is that
the information in this article applies to only professional Version
of windows which is meant to run on individual computers or
computers connect to any server operating system.
all, it is important for you to understand that Windows 2000 is not
an upgrade to Windows 98. Instead, it's an upgrade to Windows NT 4.0
that gives you the look, feel, and ease of Windows 98--with the
power of NT. If you're looking for an upgrade to Windows 98, that
may come later this year, with the release of Windows Millennium.
Don't panic and upgrade to Windows 2000 now, thinking it's your only
course of action.
Second, you need to understand that Windows
2000 isn't for everyone, well... not yet. Windows NT was once only
the domain of the heavy-duty corporate administrator or developer.
Today, Windows 2000 has evolved to make it much easier for the
average user to perform the same basic functions they would on
Windows 95/98. Windows 2000 removes some of the NT headaches
involved in installing the hardware and playing many games. But if
your needs are simpler, it's more cost- and time-effective to run
If u consider above points & still want to
upgrade, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I have the time?
With any new operating system comes a learning
curve--and the inherent power of Windows 2000 means there is a lot
under the hood. If you don't have the time, why frustrate
yourself? As after installation it takes time to make any OS
stabilize for day-to-day business work. This does not count
reinstallation of software as well as hardware. If your hardware
in not powerful enough to run windows 2000 upgrading it could be
nightmare if you are not much familiar with hardware installation
plus troubleshooting to make it work. Searching a new device
driver for your existing hardware can also be a nightmare as most
of people donít know where to look in for, also not to forget some
Application patches to make it run on windows 2000 & more
Problems like network authentication problems etc.
- Do I have the need?
This is a really good question, and a really good
answer probably shouldn't be, "Because 2000 is the latest and
greatest." If your priorities are to get by and get your work
done, wait on Windows 2000. If you need to work with or support
Windows 2000 at work, or need its features now, or need to learn
it for your continuing education, upgrading is a great idea, but
if all you do is just surf the Internet, or run simple
applications on a single PC, or play games, Windows 98 will do all
of that. However, if you want to learn standard protocols and
configurations, if you want to set up your own professional Web
server, if you want to call more of your own shots in PC
administration, choose Windows 2000.
- Do I have the equipment?
If your poor PC is barely running proper under
Windows 95/98 because the hard drive is getting cramped, or memory
is tight, or your system is showing signs of instability,
upgrading to Windows 2000 isn't wise. Windows 2000 looks like
Windows 98, but has a lot more power beneath it. Power needs
resources. Plan a serious hardware upgrade, looking at the
requirements for running Windows 2000, then try Windows 2000 on a
- Do I know what to do if there's a problem?
When problem comes like, Windows won't boot, or
hardware isn't available, or Windows goes into Safe Mode? Too many
Windows 95/98 users, still fairly new to the process, try to fix
almost any problem by reinstalling the operating system. Or they
format and then find themselves missing drivers. There are usually
better fixes available, particularly with Windows 98/98SE. If
system tools in Windows 98 stump you, Windows 2000 probably isn't
a good match for you. If you don't know what a boot or emergency
disk is, if you don't understand the basics of troubleshooting, if
you're prone to PC problems, better to wait. Master Windows 95/98,
and then move onto windows 2000.
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