Difference between Win XP and Win2k Pro

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What is the major difference between Windows XP and Windows 2k Pro? Which is the best OS for desktop?
ASKED: September 16, 2008  9:18 AM
UPDATED: August 22, 2013  7:05 PM

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I think there are many minor differences, since both are internally Windows NT 5.x, and one can be the best for some people while the other can be the best for some other people. It depends on what you may need.

Some of the differences are:

  • Windows 2k has lower system requirements.
  • Win 2k has no product activation.
  • If you have enough resources, Win XP could be a little faster.
  • I think the security has been improved in XP (windows firewall, etc…)
  • If you look for drivers for new hardware, I think you will find it more easily for Win XP.

Hope this helps.

Onother important difference is that XP has more hardware drivers available out of the box than Windows 2000 did. I am also pretty sure that there was not a 64-bit version of Windows 2000 Professional, but there is a 64-bit version of XP.

If you are considering using wireless networking then you should definitely go with XP. Windows 2000 was created when wireless networking was in its infancy, and consequently XP has much better wireless support.

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  • Coolmech
    There is not much difference between windows 2000 professional and XP professional. Apart from a few basic changes like, Windows XP is more generally more user friendly as compared to Windows 2000 professional like XP offers a number of helpful safety tools like easy login and log off, XP offers enhanced security features like an inbuilt fire wall. Windows 2000 professional lacks built-in fire wall Windows XP supports a number of latest software's and can even sustain a number of newly developed hardware tools and driver support. Windows XP offer MS Config and system restore which win2k lacks. Windows 2000 has been categorized as a hybrid kernel operating system.
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