Sure it uses more resources because its better. 98 uses more resources than DOS... why.... because it is better.
Plus, new PCs have more resources available than the ones that were out in 98. Games and other apps use more resources than before, so why shouldn't new OS's? That's why we continually upgrade our hardware. Although, I agree that I also don't like certain things MS has done since Win98.. but there are many other things I do like.
More and more games are going to require Win2k and XP, so either you will have to upgrade or not play those games. I wouldn't be surprised if future hardware requires Win2k/XP as well. Other options are running a dual OS system or having a seperate PC just for the new OS. It's like having to get a new HD and video card when upgrading to a PCIE mobo with SATA.
Edit: If its working, why replace it?
If your old hardware is working, why replace it? If your old car is working, why replace it? If your wife is still working, why replace her? Wait, just messin' around with that last one. hehThis comment was edited on Jul 27, 22:28.
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