I've finally installed WinXP to check it out. I replaced the WinME OS/PC with XP and its much more stable than ME, but not better than my W2K Pro SP3 box.(for me). XP Installed fine but I had problems with the CD burning software and Nero5, EZCD 5. Network is running OK, everything else is OK, but its not as fast as W2K.
I'll have to test WinXP on a new, self built machine to see if it works like my W2K self built, maybe thats the key. Putting any OS on these crappy HP, Sony VAIO, Compaq's, etc... is a bit too restricting. With a self built, I can put in the "right" compatible parts and replace, upgrade or update hardware & Bios' with ease if theres a problem, and this will fix most compatibility issues.
For what I do, I don't see anything in XP that is soooo much better than W2K Pro. If you like the new Fisher-Price look of XP, then you will enjoy it. I'm more of a purist. I've got the XP box on "classic mode", with some help from tweakUI. Bottom line though, it's good to have choices.
These opinions are only what apply to me and what I've observed and what I prefer. I make no harsh criticisms.
And NO, we don't have ourselves to blame. XP does have some serious flaws that are endemic to most machines,..... that will hopefully get fixed with a new SP and better 3rd party SD communincation/drivers. XP HE is OK, but if you've used W2K pro, XP Pro is the logical choice. That will be my next machine. A self built XP Pro box. I'm hoping it will run like my W2K pro self built, ROCK SOLID STABLE! Not one BSOD in 2 years its been running.
And above all, Enjoy life. Human interaction is much better than ANY machine.