I have used Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3 and the Final build of Windows ME, and while beta 1 and 2 crashed more than Windows 98SE (on my systems, that is), I can't say beta 3 and the final crashed more than Windows 98SE. But I honestly disliked the lack of a possibility to start up in DOS mode (which was added later by using a patch) and to shut down in DOS mode, which has never been possible with ME. And the "System Restore" feature could cause some trouble, especially if a virus had made it into the folders where the restore points were stored. Only possibility to remove was to delete these (or even all) restore points. I ended up disabling System Restore completely.
I agree to the others: This post is not meant to start an argument, it's just an opinion about the OS.
I did like windows ME, but it arrived to close to the release date of windows xp to make an impact to the market. I found it did more that windows 98SE and I am even gona dual boot it on an old laptop with XP. The new Help and System restore were good ideas, but they very rarely worked
I installed the version of ME from the server into VPC (I am very paranoid about isos of the internet) and I found that MS made Windows ME setup look more like the OS Very good looking, with its ME colour scheme. I have uploaded the screen grabs onto the Build Screenshots page. I am gonna have a fiddle and bang it on my old laptop when I get some more CD-R'sv .
HMMMM that MSDN release kills the minging boaring bootscreen
I did like windows ME, but it arrived to close to the release date of windows xp to make an impact to the market.
Yes, I agree. When ME was released in September 2000 (was it September?), it was already known a new version of Windows, bringing the NT kernel to the home desktop, would be coming.
I found it did more that windows 98SE and I am even gona dual boot it on an old laptop with XP. The new Help and System restore were good ideas, but they very rarely worked
I liked the idea of System Restore, but (1) it's never worked for me correctly and (2) I once had a virus which infected these files as well and as ME locked the access to the folder where System Restore stored its files, and I could only get rid of it by deleting the folder, thus losing all restore points.
As for the setup â€“ it only looks that way when run under another Windows version and/or your graphics card is recognized by the OS... If you run it from DOS, and/or it doesn't recognize your graphics card (which has always been the case on my machines or in VMware) it defaults to 16 colours, effectively looking like the Windows 98 setup.
One thing I really like about ME is it boots faster than Windows 98(SE).
Do you mean installing on a partition that's formatted with NTFS? That's impossible as ME can't "understand" NTFS. But if you want to install on a FAT(32) partition that has Windows NT, 2000, or XP already installed, you should be fine as ME is supposed to recognize the boot loader and add an entry. I'd rather not install two Windows OSes in the same language on the same partition, though...
No I I have a 30 GB HD which 20 GB is used for NTFS, I have a 10GB FAT32 partition which is empty which I am intending to install it on, I also read Microsoft Site, which says that if ME is installed after Windows 2000 (which it was released after) it will automaticily place itself in Win2Ks bootloader, and I believe windows XP has the same loader as 2000 so it should work, if me overrides the boot sector Ill just reinstall it via the recovery console, no problems.
Besides the point, I also came up with this very very interest Mod for ME it allows you to boot to MSDOS 9.00 by pressing F8 and then Ctrl+ F5 when the menu restarts, I have uploaded a screen shot onto the build screenshouts. You can get this patch from: http://www.geocities.com/mfd4life_2000/ It ran shuttle on virtual PC so when I get that CDR Ill try it properly, as the VPC is configured for Windows ME, and as it came with Dos disabled it is clocking far too fast, it is imposible to imput commands i.e dir becomes ddddiiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrrr
Thats why I took up MS free VPC offer as it emulates an ATI S3 which is inculded on every windows version since Windows NT 3.1
Yeah, but Windows 2000 takes a lot more time to start up, at least on native hardware. In a VM on my Intel Mac it boots and runs blazingly fast. It doesn't take more than ~15 seconds to start up. Never thought I'd see that with my own eyes
I achieved that by placing windows me on a seperate partiotion, another for data and a seperate one for the swap. Also I was using a 3.0 gig p4 with 512 MB of ram which is right at the ram limit for ME.
Well, I was booting and running Win2k in a VM, which enabled it to run that fast. Reasons for that are:
* The Intel Core Duo processors support the virtualization technology.
* The dual cores are used simultaneously by the virtualization software.
* DMA access to the (emulated) hardware is available right when booting the VM and the emulated OS.
In general, running VMs on the new Intel-based Macs is really fast, but it should be equally fast on a similarly equipped PC in a VM.
As we're talking about Windows ME here anyway, this seems like a good place for a question about ME: is it safe to delete the folder C:\Windows\Options\Install, which appears to be a copy of the Winme directory of the ME CD? What would be the consequences of getting rid of this? Just I've only got 1.4 GB of hard drive space in this old laptop that I've just put ME on, and I could really do with the ~150 MB space that this seemingly useless folder is occupying.