Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
Pro's got better networking anyway, not significantly so but just the same.
nowhereman Go with Pro, Home dosent support Dual Core.
wow this joke thread proved invaluable after all :) i didnt know that and i have dual core. im currently running windows media center edition and thinking of putting another OS on my second HD that will be dedicated strictly to gaming and nothing else. that way i get the most out of it and looks like its gonna be XP pro that will help me achieve it, unless some joker shows up and convinces me otherwise lol
Windows XP is considered the way to go for games. Why? Well, most games are made only for Windows operating systems.
However, if you happen to be a Linux user, you might be able to use a program like WINE to get your games to run on Linux.
Use Windows if you just want to play games. If you know what you're doing, though, Linux can play 98% of today's games just as well as (if not better than) any Windows machine can.
i didnt expect Linux to be mentioned at all, and then mac's OS X still hasnt received a single word of feedback so lets wait and see. i already have XP pro installed on my second HD and now installing games for it, i'll let you know if theres any significant boost in performance, not that it was lagging in the first place but for some games like NFS: MW i could use all the advantage i can get. on the highest resolution and settings it lags just a tad, only for that particular game though but still...i'll see if this eliminates it.
Linux's WINE + gaming needs = satisfaction
Dodgerovitchi didnt expect Linux to be mentioned at all, and then mac's OS X still hasnt received a single word of feedback so lets wait and see.
Windows XP is without a doubt the most supported and widly used gaming OS out of the box. Linux can do almost just as much with a couple extra programs. Mac OS X is awesome for anything but gaming, it just does not have the gaming support to really qualify, there are a couple games with OS X native versions like almost all the Blizzard games, but that might start to change now that apple is using intel processers, before that most games that were ported to the PPC archeticture were poorly codes and had lots of bugs.
Home edition. Pro is for work based stuff.
XP by far. What with the new Games for Windows marketing going out, I don't think you can really do another operating system and still get the full extent of games.
well i didnt get any significant boost from a clean and uncluttered XP pro install even after i dedicated the whole HD and all the space to it, as the matter of fact the setup ive had before worked slightly better so i must conclude that XP Media Center is the best OS for gaming so far and beats all other XPs even with all the stuff running in the background and now im gonna revert back to it. well i never really took it down completely in the first place, it is still here, sitting on my main HD well intact and ready to roll, oh yeah :rock:
You do realise that all variants of XP based on the x86 architecture share an identical codebase? The only difference between Home and Pro is advanced networking support, and MCE is simply Pro with a media center and a few "house party" programs installed.
The only way you'll see any noticeable difference in performance between XP variants installed on the same system (other than through drive fragmentation, and possibly native memory usage) is to try a variant that uses a newer kernel, such as Windows XP x64 Edition. Otherwise you can expect performance to remain largely the same across the board.