DJ / VJ computer OS? Windows XP, XP Pro, Media Center... ?

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Steve Z

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As I get closer to deciding on a laptop or desktop, I have noticed that MS media is standard on a lot of manufacturers computers. For VJ/ DJ computer, is there a pro/con to each of the following OS's?

Windows XP
Windows XP Pro
Windows Media Center

:?:

Planning on running Swifte Elite 2.0 (possibly moving to PCVJ once post release reviews are out).

Thanks.
 

djcanada

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you can't go wrong with xp pro.. media center is nice.. for a home user.. not for a work comp really.. and home will lose support soon.
 

All Night Music

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I use both XP Home on 1 computer, 1 laptop and XP Pro on 1 computer. I don't seem to have any issues with Home. Pro has been somewhat more cumbersome. Perhaps I haven't completely configured it for my uses.

Jeff
 

James Kane

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While I personally prefer Win2K, it is nearing end of life.

The differences in XP Home and XP Pro are mostly trivial for a small scale installation. The major difference being network functionality and Pro supporting two cpu socket motherboards.

Media Center adds a lot of cruft that in my opinion isn't needed.

So I would say just use XP Home until Vista comes out and hits SP2.
 

Steve Z

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Everyone,

Thanks for your comments on the diferrent OS types. Looks like XP or XP Pro depending on manufacturer and model chosen.
 

djcanada

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difference between home and pro.. pro offers more networking and longer support from microsoft. differences between home and media center: media center.
 

djmm

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Win2k is about the best for dj'ing applications, however, XP is not bad at all.

Good luck.

Scott
 

djcanada

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why waste your time fiddling with 2000 when xp is just an updated/ upgraded version of that.. and then why buy home when it will lose support eventually?
 

NickyB

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Gentlemen:

WinXP home is MORE than an upgrade of Win2K. The primary differences between XP Home and XP Pro are indeed in the networking abilities but for a single machine, that really doesn't matter; in a commercial office environment, it would. And whomever told you that MS id stopping support on XP Home is full of BS .... they may stop enhancing it just as they did Win95 and Win98 but they still support it.

NickyB
 

djcanada

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support=updates.. just as you cannot update windows 98 anymore (there are some updates yes but there will no longer be NEW updates), the same will be happening to xp home.. before pro or media center.. vista will be comming out and the oldest will be dropped.. just like it always has been..
 

djcanada

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nicky.. so what are those HUGE differences? video is def one.. networking is one.. what would you consider the others? i know what they are but i want to hear your opinion..
 

DJAlan

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Microsoft won't be ending support OR updates for XP Home (or other versions of XP) for a few more years...

Heck, they JUST stopped supporting 98 for gosh sakes! Let's see now, it's what, 8+ years old now?? They are STILL Supporting 2k and even Windows NT...

XP Home still uses the same core as the other XP versions so I don't see how they would drop support of it anytime soon... Even after Vista comes out...

They will much more likely drop 2k (they just dropped ME, the 'home' version of 2k) before they would drop ANY of the XP versions...

But hey, ya never know... I like PRO only because I am soooo used to it (my 'other' full time job as a techie in charge of 2300 computers)...

But I PERSONALLY would take XP over 2000 anyday...
 

James Kane

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Wow... lots of support misinformation in here.

Official Microsoft Support Timeline

The life span for a consumer product is 5 years with 3 extra years of self-support. This is typically way longer than you will keep a computer and OS license anyway.

The Business side is 5 years of primary, 5 years of extended, and beyond 10 years you're on your own.

Windows98 and ME are out July 11 of this year. Win2K isn't seeing any more development but you can still get paid support for another couple years. WinNT should have had all remaining self-help support information removed in December of last year, BTW.

Win XP (both versions) are still being patched and extended. Although it looks like you'll get a tad less product life out of Home, if you need support.

Finally, WinME was not a consumer version of Win2K. It was Win98+some refinements. Win2K uses the NT kernel. WinME is still built on the house of cards that was MS-DOS.
 

JSMain

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This will make many of you laugh! It did me when it happened...

About 5 years ago, my company purchased a new ESS thermal chamber that ran windows..... 3.1! It cam on a 386 computer controller for it. An $80,000 piece of equipment with an outdated, unsupported software controler!

They've purchased a few other competing chambers since that are more reliable, that run XP!

Personally, I don't see support for XP leaving for a couple more years. Vista needs to be out at least a couple years and it's replacement in the works before it should happen.
 

Steve Sharp

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I've heard that 2k is better for DJ applications vs. XP, but I'd like to know why that's true, if it is. I use XP now and I'm happy.

What's better about it, and would I be even happier with Win2k?
 

jwg

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WinME was a nightmare dressed up as an operating system. I think I had ME for all of a month or two and went back to 98 way back then. With ME, my scanner never worked, I spent an hour with Microsoft support and they couldn't even get it working. Went back to 98 and it was fine. Moved to XP and it was fine.

I have Win2000 Pro in my rackmount system and never have had a problem. I use XP Home on my laptop and, again, no problems. Finally updated to SP2 last week and everything still works like a charm. I was nervous for a long time about installing SP2, but a friend of mine says since I kept the laptop update all along with updates, it would install fine. And, it did.
 

djcanada

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hmmm seems to me that based off of that official timeline.. support will be ending pretty soon.. maybe im just reading it wrong but if xp came out in feb of 2001.. lets see 2006-2001= 5!! and how long will mainstream support last?? 5 years!! correct me if im wrong, but i think home will be losing support pretty soon just based off of that.. and by support i mean NEW updates..
 
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