XP the way to go...
I've used win95 and Win98 for more than 4 years. But after trying out win2k and XP, I can't think of going back again. And the main reason is............OS Stability
Microsoft got its bad name mainly because of Win95 and Win98. There were times when i used to reboot my system more than 10 times on single day
. It used to crash a lot, but now blue screen of deaths are things of past. Win2k and XP are built on NT OS base which is very stable. I can't remember any single instance when I had to reboot my comp when any application crashed. I can easily end task any problematic app.
Yes I agree that XP consumes more resource than 98, but hey... you are now using Sager, the fastest PC in the town
. You won't notice the difference. The only thing I miss in win2k/XP is the option to boot in Dos Mode. Many of my old Dos games( like Aladdin , Prince ) won't play on these OSs. Incase you really want this option along with XP, then you can dual boot your system with 98 and XP. This way you'll have best of both the worlds ;-).
Moreover after switching over to XP you'll be amazed by the time it takes to boot . If you are like me and don't like the bells and whistles that MS has added to XP UI and you prefer the classic Windows look. You can choose that from the themes dialog.
Try out XP, it worth the money and you'll never want to go back .