For being built on Win2K (built on NT), it's quite stable, and with support of NTFS partitions, I no longer have to worry about scandisk. It is also quite steps up from 98se (which I previously used); and hopefully we can at least use it for several years before another incarnation is born. I am quite satisfied, for home use, but for both home/office use, I still prefer Win2K Pro.
So far so good for me............I had some issues early because I upgraded from WinME, but I reformatted and it has worked without a hitch. Definitly some major improvements I like are the NT core and Visual Styles (Cuz im a customization freak ).
Not really a big fan of XP, though if change is inevitable I would rather have Professional than Home. I find the "idiot-proofing" of the o/s has made it extremely annoying to be able to get around and fix even the simple things. Guess I'm just an old fogy set in my 98 ways.....
Oh, BTW, I found it easy enough to customize my 98... to the point where the tech who came to install my dsl couldn't figure out that everything he needed was in the start bar menu! ... had to enable my icons on the desktop for him the poor boy was soooo lost.... Had a heck of a time with customizing my friend's xp for her though.