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I need an operating system that will run 1 gig or more, utilize what my machine has to offer and not tell me what to do like XP. I've been told NT is the answer I seek. I like to game, use my dos based Auto Cad and edit my system from dos. I've been given windows NT. Where do I begin? What books do I need and will it really do what I want as far as gaming, internet etc...?
Here's what I have right now, plus 512mb chip waiting to be used.
Operating System Microsoft Windows 98 SE
OS Service Pack -
DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name NEWBIE (Halfwit)
User Name Zan

CPU Type Unknown, 1500 MHz (9 x 167) 2200+
Motherboard Name PCChips M848A (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 CNR, 3 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)
Motherboard Chipset SiS 748
System Memory 768 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type AMI (07/15/04)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 4000
3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce4 MX 4000
Monitor Default Monitor (F5UZ4C131277U)
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (F5UZ4C131277U)

Audio Adapter Creative SB PCI128 (CT4751) Sound Card

IDE Controller Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
IDE Controller Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)
IDE Controller SiS 5513 Dual PCI IDE Controller
Disk Drive IC USB Storage-CFC
Disk Drive IC USB Storage-SMC
Disk Drive IC USB Storage-MMC
Disk Drive IC USB Storage-MSC
Optical Drive LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1633S (DVD+R9:2.4x, DVD+RW:16x/4x, DVD-RW:8x/4x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/24x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW)
SMART Hard Disks Status Unknown

C: (FAT32) 117211 MB (107268 MB free)

Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
Mouse Logitech HID-compliant Marble Mouse
Mouse Logitech-compatible Mouse (PS/2)

Network Adapter 2Wire Gateway USB (
Network Adapter PPP Adapter.
Network Adapter PPP Adapter.

Printer hp officejet 5500 ser (Copy 2)
Printer hp officejet 5500 series fax
Printer hp officejet 5500 series
USB1 Controller SiS 7001 PCI-USB Open Host Controller
USB1 Controller SiS 7001 PCI-USB Open Host Controller
USB2 Controller SiS 7002 USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller
USB Device 2Wire Gateway USB
USB Device Generic USB Hub
USB Device hp officejet 5500 series (DOT4USB)
USB Device hp officejet 5500 series
USB Device IC Card Reader Driver
USB Device officejet 5500 (USBHUB)
USB Device officejet 5500 (USBPRINT)
USB Device USB Marble Mouse

Thanks for any and all help!
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Winnt and win2k are no good for gaming due to their limited support for DirectX

Your options really are winme and winxp, and winme is way long in the tooth
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