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      12.04.2009 21:40
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      Seems I'm not as impressed by this as some of the other reviewers. Unfortunately, it was installed in our brand new computer ...and I had misgivings as soon as I realised that. I remembered all the hassles we'd had with a beta version of Windows 95 all those years ago. My husband tried to offer reassurance and uttered words of comfort in my ear. Things were so far advanced now, they've been doing this so long, they KNOW what they're doing. In fact, I agree with that last sentence. Oh yes! They know what they're doing! Well, things went wrong from the time we took it out of the box. We put it together and set about installing our printer and scanner. nope! It will not take my printer. It TELLS US it has, and it will do the tests for alignment BUT try to print from a screen in the wordprocessor or on the net - tough! Nothing happens! You can forget it! Poor hubby was not purring as sweetly after his fifth call to the Lexmark support team. I think both he and they were fast getting more than frazzled. All of the Lexmark employees spoken to said there had been numerous problems with Windows ME since it came out. WindowsME had only been released to them the day before it was available for customers, so they'd had no time to check it with their products or make any adjustments. No joy. We then installed my Compuserve. From the start, it kept freezing up. Sometimes we'd only be halfway through logging in and it would jam, other times it was as we were surfing, or e-mailing. I was getting exceedingly unhappy. Hubby, he with the technical know-how, called Compuserve - I think they were getting to know him pretty well, almost on first-name terms, he had to call so much. They had him try all sorts of things; nothing seemed to work and he'd be calling back five minutes later. Compuserve, like Lexmark also said they'd had countless calls from customers who had the new ME version of Windows, and again Microsoft had only issued them their ME information a day or so before it was out for the public to use. My husband ended up refreshing the system back to a day before the first jams started. That seemed to work. Now, even as he was calling Lexmark and Compuserve he was attempting to contact Microsoft about the problems we were experiencing. That was when I got totally ticked off, and realised there might be some kind of a scam going on behind the scenes here. It seems that if you have 3.1, or 95/98, you can get technical help for free BUT for WindowsME? Uh-uh! You had better have that credit card ready because it's going to cost you! That made me about to blow my stack, and I ranted to poor hubby that it was OBVIOUS that Microsoft KNEW there were problems with ME and banked on people needing tech support to deal with it. What a rip off! And if it's pre-installed in a new computer, you're stuck with it unless you want to go through the hassle of uninstalling and then buying 95/98. Believe me, I was NOT a happy camper. I was threatening to sue Microsoft! Well, what do you think when all other tech support is free and all of a sudden you've got to pay an exorbitant amount for help where their programme is messing everything up? It's not as if I have a load of programmes that I've installed. I have my Compuserve and Corel WordPerfectSuite 7, plus what was already in there. That's it. I even installed Webroot Washer so's I'm not adding junk in my memory from all the cookies you get. Cost me $29.95 from www.webroot.com - best thirty bucks I've spent, I think. They'll give you a free 30 day trial, it is WELL worth checking out. Since then, I get less jams. Unfortunately, it can't help with the printer problem though which is why my old cpu sits under my monitor, attached to the scanner and printer, with keyboard and mouse attached and down the side of my computer desk. When I need to print anything, I have to save it to disk, hubby then has to swap the monitor from the new computer to the old, I have to swap keyboards and mouses (or should that be mice) and do it that way. It's a lot of blooming palaver to achieve what used to be such a simple task - click on print and away you go. I did feel Bill Gates got a rough deal with all that Monopoly stuff in the US court system and can't help but wonder if this is some kind of protest on his part. I'm wondering if he did this as a kind of retribution? But if anyone else considers suing Microsoft about all these problems, let me know. Maybe a class action suit is what we need to make them fix the glitches. After all, this is not a beta programme - it's supposed to be fully operational. As for me with ME - I think it was over-hyped and definitely NOT up

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        08.04.2009 17:29
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        Only Window Dressing

        Microsoft's 2000 home version of Windows - the 'Millennium Edition' offers very little progress over previous versions and can only really be recommended to those using Windows 95 or earlier. The improvements are too small and the added features too trivial to make it a particularly outstanding piece of software. The bold promise "Let ME Entertain You" - Microsoft's marketing campaign for their 2000 operating system - is hardly justified by the enhanced multimedia features Windows Millennium Edition offers. The most well known of these features is Windows Media Player 7, previous incarnations of which have been rather dull and forgettable. Version 7 promises CD-ripping and MP3-recording capabilities, access to reference media through the Internet, support for a large variety of video and audio formats and extensive visualisation and skinning variations. In short, this is Microsoft's answer to RealVideo and RealJukebox, (both of which can be downloaded free of charge from www.real.com). Media Player 7 fails in many areas. The MP3 encoding does make use of variable bit-rate technology to deliver a superior quality of sound without making the resulting MP3 file excessively bulky. To be fair, it does this very well - the MP3 sizes it produces are generally slightly larger than typical 128 bit rate MP3s but the sound quality is markedly better for the majority of the time. However it insists frustratingly on encoding the MP3 files so that they are unrecognisable to any player other than Media Player 7, and cannot be distributed via Napster. This is clearly to prevent any litigation from anti-MP3 cases, but as is typical of Microsoft it has been executed in a way that makes documents created with their product incompatible with the products of other manufacturers. But this is only the beginning of Media Player's flaws. Aesthetically it is unnecessarily large, taking up about a half of the screen even in minimized mode, making it about five times larger than WinAmp. The visualisations - colourful patterns moving to the rhythm of music being played - vary between very good (especially the 'Ambience' ones) to extremely poor (notably the 'Musical Colours' set). Full-screen playback is possible but it can cause the software - and sometimes Windows entirely - to crash. In fact, many, many things make Media Player crash. Importing certain file formats, especially RealVideo ones, makes it crash. Recording MP3 files very often makes it crash. Navigating the online media section while playing a song makes it crash. The crashes usually take the form of .dll (i.e. driver) errors and persist so frequently that the software is unusable. The ideal solution is to uninstall Media Player 7, then go to real.com and get RealPlayer 8 Basic and RealJukebox 8 Basic - they are far more flexible and tend not to crash at all, as proper software should. While you're at it, get RealDownload 4 as well (or one of the many variations: GoZilla or Download Accelerator), for Microsoft are yet to update their own download software. Yes, in this modern MP3-swapping, Internet video-playing utopia that Microsoft apparently envisage, download utilities that allow you to resume downloading if the connection fails are apparently not necessary. Downloading is a basic necessity of Internet use and it's laughable that in this supposedly multimedia-friendly new version of Windows a decent download program has not been included. Internet Explorer v5.1 is bundled in but even this is not free from mysterious, unprovoked failures. It is, however, probably the best Internet browser available until Netscape can get Navigator v6 sorted out. It is highly intuitive, flexible and flicks back and forth through pages quickly and efficiently. But, of course, it can be downloaded for free anyway (www.microsoft.com), so having the new version of Explorer isn't really an incentive to purchase Windows ME. Two more seemingly pointless utilities are included in Windows ME. The first of which is the 'Scanner And Camera Wizard' in the 'Accessories' section. I fail to see the necessity of this utility - such image input hardware as it promises to support are invariably easy to install anyway. Such programmes as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Print House and Paint Shop Pro interface directly with the scanner or camera's software anyway. Having a wizard present to detect these items is a waste of time. That said, when I plugged my scanner in, it remained dormant. I suspect that was a blessing. The second utility is 'Windows Movie Maker', a very limited piece of video editing software that allows you to editing together various pieces of footage and a small number of effects. It is no substitute whatsoever for a dedicated piece of video editing software, and it is far too fiddly to use even for quick editing jobs. The final products can only be saved as Windows Movie Maker Files, and therefore are pretty much useless anyway. The flashy multimedia face of Windows ME is therefore only superficial - mere window dressing. After the definite improvement in speed and stability that Windows 98 Second Edition brought I hoped for impressive feats from the new version. The truth was in fact quite disappointing. Let's begin with the good news at least - Windows ME does improve start-up and shutdown times considerably. It does so by a notable margin, too - you won't need to get a stopwatch out and measure the two to notice the difference. As with Windows of old, though, adding start-up programmes such as virus checkers slows times markedly. Nonetheless the signs are good. The promises of better stability, however, are utter nonsense. If anything Windows ME crashes more frequently than its' predecessor which is frankly unacceptable. It frequently hangs while trying to shutdown, and more often than not fails to shutdown entirely and displays the message 'Windows Protection Error - Please Restart Your Computer'. Windows ME is little more comfortable at multitasking than its' predecessors - attempts to run more than two or three programmes at once (my usual combination is Microsoft Outlook, RealPlayer, Word and Norton AntiVirus) cause endless problems usually resulting in crashing or programmes failing due to mysterious .dll errors. The standard system utilities are decidedly lacking in power. Scandisk now runs under Windows at start-up, which is an improvement, but the software itself is no better. Indeed Scandisk and Disk Defragmenter seem to work in an irritating pass-the-buck system where Scandisk claims data problems require Disk Defragmenter to run before Scandisk can be used, but Disk Defragmenter blames disk surface errors and won't run until Scandisk has fixed them. Another peculiar issue is that Windows consistently claims that I am using more space on my hard drive even after I've deleted several large files. Norton Utilities can sort these problem out, but you shouldn't have to spend £59.99 on buying software which should come as standard with an operating system and function correctly. The desktop remains very similar to that introduced with Windows 95. The start menu has been tidied up a little bit, and deleting icons gives a beginner-friendly warning that this action will not delete the programme itself. In general, however, the desktop has hardly changed at all from Windows 98 to Windows ME. Windows Millennium Edition is really not worth upgrading to if you have either version of Windows 98. Though it does run notably faster than previous versions of Windows in certain areas, the frequent and inexplicable crashes suffered only waste more time anyway. The additional software is generally either useless or, like Media Player 7 and Internet Explorer 5.1, can be downloaded free of charge from the Internet. Perhaps realising that Windows ME is a worthless upgrade for Windows 98 users, Microsoft are selling a Windows 98-only upgrade for £42.99 (www.reserve.co.uk). I strongly advise against taking them up on this offer - it is a complete waste of money. Upgrades from other versions of Windows cost £74.99 and are worthwhile for the greater Plug-And-Play and USB support that came with Windows 98. Windows Millennium Edition is hardly the operating system for the 21st century that Microsoft would have us believe. It is volatile, unreliable and offers little real improvement over previous versions.

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          07.03.2006 12:38
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          Looks good but not the best in performence

          well i thought this was the worst windows ever made. I started using windows os from version 3.1 and carried on upgrading. But when I came to use this version i thought this was one of the worst one's ever made by microsoft. The Original OS came with a PC i bought and soon after I started using it crashed. As it started happening very often I had to go back to my 98. My husband thinks Microsoft cons people selling new products because they have the upper hand. what he tells me and what I find is that microsoft will bring out new versions of OS every couple of years just so that people buy them and they make a bit of a money which they are successful in doing so. ME is no difference and I must say that I was happy to switch to Windows 2000 from 98. Being a IT guy my husband told me that ME was a make up version of 98 where they tried to add a few extra features running the core windows 98 system in the back. Just by changing the look and adding a few feature's they thought people would be interested in buying this os. but in reality everyone hated it so much that within a short time ME became obsolete.

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            30.05.2005 19:51
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            • Unstable

            There is a lot of reviews for this, but Operating System. From a technical standpoint, this is the worst Windows Distrobustion Ever! It is riddled with bugs. Windows95/98 is more stable than this!! If your system can handle it, go ahead with Windows2000 or go directly to WindowsXP. However, if you have waited this long.. wait a little longer. Just Buy a new system when the new Windows Platform is released in 2006. You'll need a new hardware fore this OS. It is need the power! I know, Beta Tested it! =)

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              24.08.2002 23:05
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              • "All round poor perfomer"

              When I last replaced my old Windows 98 machine (Windows being about the only aspect of the Patriot Book PC that I was satisfied with), I found an 'all new, singing and dancing' operating system waiting for me. So in I went with a good level of enthusiasm. It took me about an hour to realise that not only was the 'new and improved' Windows ME simply a graphically tweaked version of 98SE (admittedly with a few added extras and an awesome driver database), but that it seemed to have been a highly rushed and flawed piece of software ('piece of software' was not my first choice of words, but it will suffice on a family site). The list of errors and problems I have had from my copy is almost endless (everything from simple resource issues to corrupt DLL files on the installation CD), added to the other distinct problems I have been told about, gives me the impression that Microsoft needed to release an operating system to cash in on the millenium (I assume this was originally supposed to be Windows 2000, which was not ready in time), and so they released a rehashed version of 98 without the stability that they had achieved through the previous 2 years. At the time of its release, ME was poor in my opinion, and with the eventual release of 2000 and XP, it now looks even worse (I was recently able to afford a copy of Win 2000, overpriced as with all MS software, but the difference is incredible to see). Don't get me wrong, some people I know have run it since day 1 without a single problem, but they are in a minority to the people who would not touch it with the proverbial '10 foot barge pole'

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              05.05.2002 02:49
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              I am amazed why anyone would choose to upgrade from Windows 98 which is the most stable version of windows that Microsoft has ever created. The only upgrade you should consider is to 98SE. Now we come to Windows ME hmmm! firstly it does not have adequate support for certain hardware items i.e Lexmark & Primascan Scanners and some digital cameras. The GUI (graphic user interface) on every screen is annoyingly coloured and the default layout of Explorer is not the user friendly experience you might expect with it's seperate quick view window which you would have to opt for in other versions of Windows not have it thrust at you in ME. Although I'm fully aware that these defaults can be adjusted to suit the individual taste, it still amazes me why Microsoft bother to tweak a good piece of software just to cash in on the Millenium celebrations. Win 2000 should have been left as it was which is a half decent package by itself. All ME users will find that if bought from certain high street retailers the uninstall feature has been taken out so that you are forced to make more use of the helpline (at a cost of course). I spend a lot of time removing ME from clients PC's when they finally see the light. On the positive side most manufacturers have updated drivers available for the majority of hardware items - check out the manufacturers web sites for these updates (web addresses can usually be found in the hardware documentation) I off now to remove ME from another PC!

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                11.03.2002 03:19
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                First, may i say that i do feel that Microsoft Windows ME(Millenium Edition) is the best operating system I have ever used, as a home user. Explanations below. I have been through many microsoft operating system starting with MSDOS. At the time, I though MSDOS was the best thing EVER, and sometimes I still think that parts of MSDOS is better. I then went on to Windows 95, this was a huge step from MSDOS, but im a quick learner, so off i went and learned within about a week most of the standard tasks you could perform. But windows 95 did have problems, causing errors left right and center, and those famous Blue Screen error messages. Boy, I hated them. They were those horrible errors where you had to manually restart your computer and start whatever you were doing all over again, fortunately MS Word recovered your work most of the time. Then came windows 98, which seemed different in its looks, and better with problems but still had bugs. Microsoft then released Windows 98 SE (Second Edition), which was a really lot better with handling problems and errors. But as usual, there were still errors. I then came across Windows ME(Millenium Edition). This operating system was by far the best one ever, with some problems with rare errors, and irritating features. == Errors == Windows ME was made a lot more stable than its previous versions. There were errors, but not so many of the blue screen errors, they were more user freindly, and allowed you to close the program that was causing the error, which in most cases solved the problem, but sometimes it did slow your computer down enough that you needed to restart to get your computer back to itself again. The task manager is also very helpful with errors, because you could call up the task manager by holding the keys CTRL-ALT-DEL then the task manager would appear, and most of the time, the application causing the problem would have (Not Responding) to the side of it. This, in my eyes, makes windows ME the best most stable Operating System. == Looks == Windows ME definately has a better, smoother, look to it. The light blue desktop background colour which comes as standard makes it feel warmer and more user freindly. The taskbar, and start menu, look like they are more blended in with the desktop, and actually look like it should be there, and smooth. It seems more animated instead of the sub-menus just appearing. This may not be as noticable with windows 98SE, but definately windows 95/98. A definate improvement. == Installation == I just wanted to give a breif explanation of some of the installation. The installation is very easy, and the only thing, is that it is not particually quick. The first 10% of the installation takes ages, this is because the installation is copying all the files you will ever need onto the hard drive. There are advantages and disadvantages to this, the advantages is: you wont need to insert the CD when you install a peice of hardware, the disadvantage is: you need to have a high capacity hard drive(at least 4gb preferably) in order to install windows ME and then all your other software. Once the first 10% has passed, the installation simply fly's through. == Hidden Start menu items == One of the main features that was added to windows ME is the one feature i find most annoying. It is the Hidden Start Menu Items. The theory is to hide the shortcuts to your applications on the start menu that you dont use frequently, making it easier to find the applications that you use a lot. Some people may like this, but I do NOT. == Very Slow Help System == The help system in Windows ME, has been updated to look more modern, with a flashy interface, and more indepth content of help. However, I feel that Microsoft forgot to think of how slow all these improvements would make it. Not so much the in depth content, but the improved interface. I have got two different spec computers, P2 400mhz, and P4 1.6ghz, on the P2 400 it takes much longer than i would expect any application to load never mind a help system. And, on the P4 1.6ghz, it takes about the same time to finish loading as a program on the P2 computer. When you are in safe mode, it is even worse, having starting the help system automatically. I have also tried Microsofts recent Windows XP Home edition, which I absolutely brilliant as an operating system but when you start to try play games using it, it just wont do. This is why I have chosen MS Windows ME as the best Operating System that I have used. I would also like to say that microsoft should stop releasing their software until bugs are solved, instead of releasing it early, and then charging the users again for the update. Windows 98 and Windows 98 SE is the prime example. Thanks.

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                  15.01.2002 03:29
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                  I have used various operating systems before including Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 plus and Windows Millennium Edition. I have to say windows ME is the best operating systems I have used so far for set-up and installation. It is excellent because it has a wider range of system tools including "system restore" which allows you to restore your computer back to an earlier date and this is good because if you have an error one day you can go back say a week and the error will be gone. Windows Millennium Edition also has better and more programs installed on it which are useful to most people, for example it has MSN messenger already installed on it so you don’t have to download it off the Internet, MSN messenger is a program which allows you to talk to your friends online. The only real problem that Windows Millennium has is it always crashes about every six hours and when their are errors on the computer it doesn’t fix them properly it just gives you a blue screen all the time saying either "system halted" or "system unstable" or something like that and you have to keep turning the computer on and off which is rather annoying I find. At first this operating system is pretty good but then it gets worst as you use it. If I was you I wouldn’t buy Windows ME because it is a lot of effort for something that quite frankly isn’t worth the effort, better off getting Windows XP now.

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                    14.11.2001 02:08
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                    When I bought my first computer it had windows 98 second edition installed and although I experienced some problems with it,many through my own inexperience,generally it was ok. Due to other members of my family wanting to use the computer such as the kids for their home work or the wifes addiction to online gaming I decided it was time to invest in a second pc. I bought a lap top pc With windows me. On paper the lap top,due to its superior spec was suposed to 'blow away'our out of date desk top pc but this has been painfully far from the case. At first every thing seemed fine,that is untill it came to going on-line. Surfing the net is far from a pleasurable experience as after viewing 1 or 2 web pages the internet explorer stops dead in its tracks and has to be shut down and opened up again. I have tried several different ways of sorting this problem including checking the phone line,running tests on the pc hardware and software. I have scoured the help sections of microsofts web site and also other help sites and books. I have up graded to ie6 and this made the problem worse as I kept getting error messages that would not go away unless I restarted the pc. I even tried netscapes browser all to no avail. As for isp's,AOL would not work on it at all and freeserve is very slow (both work fine on windows 98). I might have to resort to buying a windows 98 disk and down grading to sort this problem out. Windows me is supposed to be more freindly to the home user but from my experience I would thin twice before upgrading to it.

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                      31.10.2001 02:31
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                      For people who don?t know what an Operating System is, it is sort of the program, which tell the hardware what to do, when software wants to do something to it. It's sort of the middleman with a lot of extra features. It interprets what the software says into something that the hardware can produce for use to see and manipulate. ~~~Windows in general~~~ About 90% of new PC's will have some version of Windows installed on them, with the rest being most likely some form of Mac computer. This is mainly because Windows (from version 95 onward) has been made with the Home User in mind. Most the others have been designed for the Business user, which makes them harder to use. Many people put Microsoft Windows down as being to unstable, but what do they expect. There must have been so much time and effort put into it and all the coding, what do they expect from an operating system that can do nearly anything you want. I'm not going to say it's perfect, but give it some credit for the reams and reams of coding that?s based in the system, it's obviously going to crash sometimes. I actually get very annoyed with Windows, because I can't spend more than about 2 hours without having some form of problem and the system crashing (only when on the internet, anyone have any answers as to why?) but I am not sure whether this is Windows fault or the insides of my PC. The main reasons I applaud Microsoft for Windows is the amount of things it allows you to do with your PC. If you think about the main attraction for people to Windows is really the chance to go on the internet and also be able to publish their work (like essays for kids and project for business people) and play games all on the one system. My main reason for choosing Windows, was the chance to play games (also online games) and do out any work I may have to do. ~~~Now onto Windows ME~~~ With Windows ME now on many PC's, the integration betwe en PC's and multimedia is now ever closer. With the new Movie Maker you can create your own movies using clips of video (if you have a video camera and maybe a converter if it's analogue). Movie Maker is a very versatile piece of software; you need to use it to find out. Then there's the new Media Player incorporated in the Operating System. It can now play .mp3 files, which with the big music boom on the Internet (napster) has deterred some people from downloading some third party software to play their .mp3 files (although I would advise to download something like winamp as it produces far better sound). These are really the only new changes to the system, everything else has remained largely the same. The only other change I can think of is the greater integration with things like scanners and digital cameras (multimedia). This isn't without it's pitfalls though, since writing this op, I have had to reformat my pc and then I decided to go back to 98SE. I had loads of corrupted files and the system was running ... just! Windows 98SE doesn't have as many useless applications running during normal operations as ME does either saving system resources. ~~~How could it be improved?~~~ I think for Microsoft to make any substantial improvements to Windows would require a big competitor, which there really isn't at the moment. People like the creators of Linux need to branch out and make their Operating System more for the Home User like Windows. At the minute they are too much based for programmers and Business?. If this were to happen then a whole range of things would happen, we would get better value for money and also a better Operating System as a whole. One other improvement that would really improve Microsoft Windows would be for them to cut down the amount of RAM it consumes to run or at least make it more efficent. Windows 98 takes up about 32mb of RAM just to run, and on my system I usually have about 60mb of locked memory when my system is lying idle (don't ask me what this means, anyone know?) which means I have very little left for me to run anything else. It is a good thing I have 128mb of RAM. ~~~The Deciding Factor~~~ If you are getting a new PC then you may as well get Windows ME, but if you are thinking of upgrading then don't bother. For the extra £30 there isn't really and added bonus? for the experienced user of any version of Windows 9X. Tybalt!

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                        This is an ode To Windows ME An Operating System For your PC I bought and installed it But it didn’t work Now it’s my opinion Bill Gates is a jerk My PC before, ran Win 98 And Yes, I know its not so out of date I wanted ME though, installed it I did Now my machine don’t work as well as it did My Modem, My Soundcard My external Hard Disks No Drivers has ME So I cannie fix I know that I probably Should have downloaded the bits But until I’d installed it Don’t know what to fix Now it’s installed I’m in a dilemma How am I going? To get everything, to work together I’m lucky that I Know a bit about the PC I’ve known other people Who by now would be on their knee But even though I have another PC I’ll download the drivers Now where could they be? I’ll look on the Dell site The bits are from there Oh No It says Win 98 every where It looks like my modems to old To be supported by Windows ME You know, before I’d upgraded I wish that someone had told me I guess there’s a moral In all of this for me Find out first if your hardware Is supported by Windows ME If you cant find the drivers To work with Windows ME Don’t be an idiot and install it Otherwise you’ll end up like me. © copyright 2001, Mike Porter.

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                          05.08.2001 04:35
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                          • "several welcome UI tweaks for new users – but who’s a new user of Windows?"

                          Having upgraded to Windows ME from Windows 98 recently I was initially impressed by the apparent improvements within Windows ME. The first time I started up my new ‘ME-fied’ computer not only was I greeted by the customary welcome ‘look-what-windows-ME-can-do’ video, but also by an incredibly fast boot up time. This is all part of Windows move away from DOS legacy code on which Windows is based. Unfortunately, what this means is that you can no longer exit to DOS from Windows which, to me, is a drawback. However, the Windows interface has changed very little from, Windows 98 and the familiar start-menu remains unchanged (aside from a new personalised menu function which hides less-used menu items from view in a similar way to the menus in Office 2000/XP). One improvement that is not immediately noticeable in Windows ME is its stability. I ran Windows ME for a week without it crashing or slowing down and even when an application does crash, unlike in Windows 98 the whole system generally doesn’t follow suit. While I’m almost certain that Windows ME cannot be as stable as Windows 2000 (since it is still essentially based on the Windows 9.x product line, which is fundamentally unstable) Microsoft should be commended for achieving such stability – the difference between Windows 98 and ME is astonishing! Unfortunately, there is obviously a price to pay for increased stability: two of the applications I used in Windows 98 no longer work under ME, but admittedly these were some of the more obscure apps and this is a small price to pay for an OS as solid as a (sedimentary) rock. Several new little UI touches have been introduced like, for example, the control panel which now by default displays only the most commonly used applets (the others are still available at the click of a button.) This extends to browsing directories, though, where Microsoft has decided to hide the contents of the root of drive C:\ and the Windows directory by default which becomes quite annoying after a while (at least you can turn this particular ‘feature’ off!) The new System Restore tool bundled with Windows ME is also extremely valuable. It allows you to set up restore ‘points’ which permits you to restore your system to an earlier date when it goes up the wall restoring the registry and all files (aside from document files which are left as they are.) While all of the features outlined above are useful, unfortunately that’s as far as it goes. There appears to be nothing groundbreaking within ME and while Microsoft have tried to hide that fact by bundling all of its latest applications (such as Internet Explorer 5.5 and MediaPlayer 7 – which could have been downloaded off the Internet for free and added to Windows 98 anyway) most of the features remain, sadly, minor. The problem is that Microsoft started focusing on Windows XP, which WILL be a major upgrade to Windows, while it was still working on ME and because of this they rushed ME’s release. While the improvements that have been made are welcome, half of those that were promised are not there. Don’t get me wrong, I think ME is the greatest version of Windows yet, but the real question is: Do I recommend an upgrade from Windows 98? My answer would have to be no unfortunately. Unless you are using Windows 95 (or earlier – shock, horror) I recommend you stay with your version of Windows and wait for Windows XP which is only a couple of months away anyway…

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                            23.07.2001 00:16
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                            Microsoft release yet another version of windows. The Mellinium Edition. But this time there are real reasons to upgrade from older versions. The main reason is that I have found it more stable, and so have many other ME users. The layout and style is still built arround the previous windows 95, as with 98, but their is a much better menu system, allowing access to important folders and setup pages straight from the start menu. Internet Explorer 5 is built in, and you can easily manage multiple net accounts. The main aim of the new release was to be much more compatible with Digital Entertainment. There is a Win DVD player, and Media player is built in, allowing ripping of CD's and playback MP3's. One of the best features of this version, is it's connectivity to the internet. When availible, it automatically donwloads program updates for you, and saves them to a windows folder, ready for installation. I reccomend this product for any Windows 98 users and 95 users. It runs on most recent machines, and supports newest proccessors and motherboards. This one won't even break your pocket, and the setup is simple. If you have digital hardware for your PC, then you'll benefit from the new updates. Microsoft have finally made a decent upgrade product for Operating Systems, and this one is specifically targeted at Home Users. So, if you have a few spair pounds, then go out and buy this today. You will benifit.

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                              01.07.2001 00:26
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                              Well, yes it is DOS with pretty pictures on. The Microsoft Sound is better, more relaxing, but I'm sure everyone changes that as soon as they get it. It's really a matter of how much you like this OS; if you like it then you will stick with it until hte next version comes out or yoyu can hate it and buy Linux or BeOS or something else. Basically it's not an improvement, it's the same, with more restrictions eg. a smaller control panel. This really limits experienced users. The other new features are... acctually I don't know. You can have quicker access to things which run under Windows Me and this makes it a lot better than Windows 98. But it has a lot more things to juggle and this makes things a lot slower. Microsoft Media Player 7 comes with it, which is much better and more advanced than the other previous versions. The utilities are new aswell, like a more effective disk defrag and system diagnostics too. So, I'll say not to buy this because it will come with your computer anyway. If it came with Windows 98 then go on. You might aswell.

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                                21.06.2001 14:23
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                                September 14 2000, the world awaited with bated breath for the launch of Windows ME. It is fourth in the range of Windows operating systems. Lets take a look at what it has to offer us. History Windows 95, which came first, was a significant improvent in terms of user interface and features. Then came Windows 98, which included many components, which Microsoft had released after Win95 such as IE. Then Win 98 SE was the quick Successor. And now we have the ME. General Thinking Many think that ME is a hybrid between the 9x range and the Windows NT/2000 range. Windows ME resembles 2000 as far as the looks and the interface is concerned but that is where it ends. When it comes to the underlying technology, it has borrowed nothing from 2000. It has its own set of improvements and has that stability which the 9x range lacked. It has added a few features, removed Real mode DOS support, has a bigger and better driver database with a rewritten TCP/IP stack. Installation The install process has not changed much and it is similar to the 99 procedures and has the same sequence even. But it requires less user intervention, but u still have to reboot your system thrice. The installation went on without a hassle. Hardware Support When it comes to hardware detection, ME does a great job. In my system it detected every piece of my hardware including my VOODOO card and motherboard. The only problem was that the OpenGL drivers for my card were not installed. Windows ME now has the capability to use the Firewire port, which might replace the USB interface soon. ME claims to support every USB digital imaging devices. Underlying technology The Real Mode DOS support has been removed. Now you cannot boot into the safe mode command prompt by pressing F8 at startup. Now extremely old DOS applications wont run anymore on your system. ScanDisk will run in high-resolution Windows mode. The Hibernate option in the shutdown menu will save all the applications being used to the hard disk and the next time u load the system u will find yourself exactly where you left yourself. Multimedia This is one area where Microsoft has added a few programs. It comes with Windows Media Player 7.0, the enhanced but slow and freeze prone media player that has a neat interface. The other offering is the Movie Maker. It is a compact Video Editor and Encoder . You can cut clips and paste them to a playlist and create a single video and stuff like that. Gaming If you are a hardcore gamer then u ought to have ME cos it squeezes every frame possible. I tried Quake 2 both in 98 and ME and using the console commands I had a boost of 9 frames per sec in ME. I think this is cos the DOS drivers are not loaded on the memory. The built in collection has been beefed up a bit. U can play board games online on Microsoft’s gaming site. Internet and Networking There is the IE 5.5 and the preinstalled MSN messenger and the new version 3.01 of netmeeting. IE 5.5’s print preview option is really great that removes the page backgrounds and image tabs makes the printout readable. Due to the rewritten TCP/IP stack many of the DoS attacks which affected Windows 9x series are no effective anymore. Extras Then u have the usual Themes and then the thumbnail preview mode for images. U can also open the zip files without using a third party software as Winzip. It also has a beefed up anywhere help system which feels like a website. This feature is really helpful. Conclusion If you are a gamer then rush to the nearest Computer store! If you are buying a new PC, get it preinstalled with ME. If u have Win 98 already then I think there is no need to upgrade as half the enhancements can come for free. And don’t think of using ME on your WIN 95 machine.

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