home doesnt have the networking features along with admin abilities that pro has. i use pro. XP is the best OS for games. Media Center has a lot of cool things in it, but it also has many services and other things running in the background which do slow the OS down some. The fastest XP is XP64. for games, XP32 has tested to run a bit faster than XP64, but this can be because of drivers. Since it wont be officially released until end of March/early April it won't have any official drivers. All current drivers are beta. When it is final, you can expect game companies to release patches in order for the 32bit games to run optimial. I expect HL2 will get released in a 64bit version as well.
Windows 2000 is the least resource hog of the WinNT kernal based operating systems. You may not be able to find proper drivers for it if your notebook came with an XP version. Of course below that Windows 95 is the absolute fastest operating system. Seriously on the hardware of today, it smokes. Same deal with the drivers though. Windows XP Home, Pro, Media Center 2004/5, these are all the same operating system period. Media Center is Pro + the Media Center application. The 2004/5 is just the difference in the Media Center application which is an application completely aside from the operating system. By the effect of having less crap running on it, Home would be the fastest. This is merely because it would naturally have less services running to compete for services.
WAAAAYYYYY back in the year 2000 I used to run a dual boot machine, 98 and 2k. 2k was for work and 98 was for play. And it SCREAMED! Loved it for games. Funny thing is, once I got 512RAM (or maybe it was 768, I forget) 98 started to blow up, it just didn't like the ram. So I switched to 2k which comparatively sucked for games. Now I'm all XP.
My desktop has PRO and the lappy I'm ordering tomorrow will have HOME. I do computer support for a mortgage company and when the (L) users are home thier home machines all have HOME so I figured I should learn how to use HOME.
Did I use the word HOME enough in that last sentance?
I have Sager 8560 (01 1gig proc 512 sdram133) that came bundled with Windows ME. I tried to upgrade to Windows 2000 to get better compatability but it really slowed the system down. Really really slow. I used a retail full version of y2k. And did a fresh install, windows update...ect. Is it normal for 2000 to bog down a system of this size. I now want to see if xp might work better. So far :::blushes:::: no problems with windows me. Except now there's big problems with compatability. Thanks for any help.