Posted 23 August 2007 - 09:17 AM
I don't think its a matter of which is the best OS its a matter of doesn't it suite your needs.
In 1992 I bought an IBM compatible which was running Win3.1. I used M$ Office 4.3 and everything worked as expected.
In 1997 I bought another computer that had Win95B installed. Everything worked as I expected with no problems.
I 2000 I bought Win98se and again everything worked as I expected with no problems. I used M$ Office 97 with both OS's.
3 years ago I bought Win2k I formatted and did a fresh install everything went ok. Tried it for a while and didn't find it very exciting so I formatted and put Win98 back. No true DOS.
2.5 years ago I bought WinXP 2002. Formatted the drive installed WinXP no problems. I tried it for a couple of weeks and didn't really find it more exciting than Win98, plus there was no true DOS. I didn't really like it so I formatted again and put Win98 back.
Just before last Christmas I decided I would have to put WinXP back because most thing revolve around WinNT. I did the usual format and tried to install WinXP. When I installed it 2.5 years ago it installed no problem. This time when I tried to install XP it came up with an error.
A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again follow these steps:
Check to be sure you have adequate disk space, if a driver is identified in the stop message, disable the driver or check with the manufacturer for driver updates, try changing video adaptors.
Check with your hardware vendor for any BIOS updates, disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use safe mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select advanced startup options, and then select safe mode.
Stop! 0x0000007E(0xC000001D, 0x8084006E, 0xF9E7BB9C, 0xF9E7B898)
I changed the BIOS settings but that made no difference, the same error appeared. The BIOS is the same as it was 2.5 years ago and it install ok then. The only hardware that as changed is I bought a new modem. But I removed the modem before install and it still came up with the same error. So why did it install the first time with no problems?
I've posted this problem in the WinXP section but no one could give me an answer. I tried to report this error to M$ but there system gets worse. They ask for a number of the computer, not the CD Key. I couldn't install XP so I couldn't give them this number. So I gave them the Win98 number and it said invalid number, obviously.
WinXP is bleep, this confirms it. Thats why I didn't like it 2.5 years ago.
Windows ME (spare computer)
Windows XP 2002 Professional SP3 (desktop computer)
Windows 7 Professional SP1 32bit (laptop computer)
Windows 8 64bit spare drive for laptop computer