Try 98SE That should be sweet. Its great for games and the like. Pity about XP though.
Your 4200 should work fine with the NVidia drivers (i still use the 29.42's as they seem best for me)
As for other hardware, what are you having problems with?
Also i can't say as there are many games XP wont run (i've come across a couple of COOL old ones that it won't)
I've used Windows XP since the day it was first released, and have only had one game not run which was Need For Speed Porsche Unleashed, which now works because of patch put out recently. You should not be having so many problems with your games or hardware, so I don't think it's a OS issue but rather a piece of bad hardware that is causing your problems. List your hardware, and the problems you are having, and maybe some of us here can help.
Win98SE. Never gives a problem. You can get a copy for $20 or $30. I am exclusively for gaming, and I meant it - gaming. I do not want to spend even a second of my time looking for a patch for XP. Win98SE lets you "just install and go".
Originally posted by Hikeon3 For some reason, I get a LOT of errors in windows XP. When playing UT2k3 and Unreal 2, I get General Protection Faults. When I try to play Morrowind, it crashes to desktop. Ugh...
I use Win98SE and it works very well. Sure, it has its flaws; it really can't quite cut it when it comes to stability, and it isn't as neat looking as XP, but it works okay. Compatibility with other software/hardware is great.
Win98 First Edition was good also, but gave me some problems since it didn't have support for some programs (like Windows Media Player 9) and drivers (the computer just hung when i tried to install those WDM-drivers).
if all you do is game, then 98SE is your ticket. if you want productivity w/ some gaming, NT. If you want productivity w/ gaming for the future go 2k /XP. ME is out of hte question as its dos support for gaming is lacking somewhat compared to 98SE.
Win98SE is great in terms of compatibility for games and hardware. I keep mine in shape with Norton Systemworks and do a full fresh install whenever I upgrade my mainboard. I never get any BSODs, ever, period. And yes it has no security but I have a router for that.
I run Win98SE with 512MB of memory and my father-in-law runs XP with 512MB and my PC runs circles around his. But I guess you have to tweak XP to get it to perform right. Probably too much bloat in the default installation. Unfortunately, I don't know enough about XP to help his machine.
XP should have a default install option for power users who don't need cute dogs, animated windows and help messages. I'll get XP soon as I need it if I'm going to keep building rigs for people. But I'll probably make it look/work just like Win98...i.e. shut up and let me do my work.