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1. Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
list price: $209.00
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Asin: B00004W62O
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3018
Average Customer Review: 2.41 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

With the cutely named Windows Me (for Millennium Edition), Microsoftraises the bar a bit with a new operating system that you'll certainly want toconsider for your next new PC. While this version will probably not be acompelling upgrade for most Windows 95/98 users, the newest member of theWindows operating-system family bundles a number of minor improvements aimed atmaking computing life easier for home users.

There are several noteworthy features in Windows Me, even if no one featurereally stands out. First, we liked that Windows Me boots noticeably faster. Thereason is that the underpinnings of DOS have been removed from this new release.One result of this absence is that you can no longer boot to a command window asin Windows 95/98 without special diskettes. (Also, don't expect Windows Me tosupport older hardware that uses virtual device drivers written in the days ofyore.) Of course, you can still run DOS command sessions within Windows Me.

Besides removing legacy support for DOS, Windows Me adds several otherimprovements to reliability. The most important is that every 10 hours or so,the operating system automatically backs up its system files (just like Windows2000), thus reducing the chance of your system being corrupted. Windows Me alsoborrows the TCP/IP stack (the low-level code that connects to the Internet) fromWindows 2000, meaning you should have slightly more reliable networkingconnections. For laptop users, you can also hibernate a session and restore itquickly, another feature borrowed from Windows 2000.

The personality of Windows Me also changed a bit for the better. Principally,you can take advantage of personalized menus, which show the most frequentlyaccessed menu choices on the Start bar and hide the others. (This feature isalso based on Windows 2000, but don't worry, you can turn it off.) InternetExplorer 5.5 is bundled here; so is support for working with compressed Zipfiles, which no longer require an add-on.

Microsoft has been touting the multimedia capabilities of the new Windows Me.There's a built-in video editor for video files, and the operating system makesit easy to connect to today's video cameras, scanners, and digital cameras. Butwithout built-in support for Real Media files, these features probably won'tplease everybody.

So what's the verdict on Windows Me? Provided you have recent hardware, thereare some good reasons to upgrade, but most users will want to stick with theircurrent OS. If you are buying a new system, by all means choose Windows Meinstead of Windows 98. Even though it isn't a major release for most users,Windows Me shows that Microsoft has done its homework when it comes to improvingthe computing experience for consumers. --Rich Dragan ... Read more

Reviews (125)

3-0 out of 5 stars A so-so release from the Big M
It's not quite 98 and it's not quite XP, and it shows. For those of you looking to upgrade from 9x to ME, think twice: there is no real-mode DOS support in ME. If you rely heavily on DOS applications or play a lot of DOS-based game, stick with or upgrade to 98se. As for hardware support, ME does a satisfactory job of detecting older pieces, however the actual driver database is rather small, meaning that even if it detects your hardware, you may be required to load the correct drivers from a floppy or CD, or download them off the Internet. However, based on my experiences with my old HP DeskJet 600C, ME correctly detected it and installed the correct driver. I've used ME on my old Gateway G6-400 (PII 400, 128 MB SDRAM), and it ran fine. I was able to edit digital video, edit and share my digital photos, as well as enjoy numerous applications including my NES and SNES emulators (although I did have to run Windows Update in order to retrieve the latest version of DirectX).

Like previous versions of Windows, security is a problem. By default NetBIOS is enabled as well as several "phone home" programs (Automatic Updating, automatic codec downloads for WMP, etc.). With the correct tweaks and a working knowledge of computer security, ME is a breeze to secure. Furthermore, it appears that ME is prone to crashing as often as previous versions of Windows. Not to contradict myself, while ME functioned properly 80% of the time on my machine, there were times when it would continually crash upon loading or it would just not load. I have since switched to Linux as my main operating system, but I still use ME for CD-burning and gaming. For those who don't wish to plunk down $200 for XP or bother with Microsoft's privacy-snatching product activiation, ME is a good choice for both novices and experienced users.

5-0 out of 5 stars Geez.
I've read a lot of people's reviews, and seriously, they don't even used it as long as I did. I've been able to use my webcam, microphone, etc. and many other programs with this OS. It's the PERSON who doesn't know how to use it. The difference with Windows ME from Windows XP is that it has better security from hackers and it's also less buggy. Windows XP is an NT-based OS while ME still has it's base from Win95/Win98, which shows that it's still capable of having a really awesome performance. I totally recommend this product.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Luck
It is the worst operating systerm I have ever used. I can't hook my webcam or microphone up. DO NOT buy this product!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Win ME is a DISASTER!!! VERY UNSTABLE O.S.!!!
2 and a half years ago, I purchased a major brand PC that came bundled with Windows ME. I cannot overemphasize how unstable and prone to daily crashes, freezeups, and error messages this lousy operating system is!!! The PC has plenty of muscle, with over 300 MB of RAM (expanded), and a P3, 1 gig processor. Obviously more than enough power for Win ME. To add insult to injury, even the 'control alt delete' function' didn't work in many instances when I needed to get out of a frozen screen! Multiple e-mails and calls to Microsoft were NEVER returned! I realize Gates is in the catbird seat when it comes to operating systems for PC's, BUT you would think that THE major international giant for this kind of software would put more effort in creating and TESTING a major consumer O.S. BEFORE releasing it, and that they would care enough to issue recalls for it, or at least answer any customer service inquiries regarding this dog of a system. My respect for Microsoft has plummeted bigtime after being saddled with an essentially inoperable O.S. that hinders my productivity. What a black eye for Microsoft and a waste of money for consumers. Let's not even get started if you want to count all the aggravation and agita Win ME is responsible for!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars I'm upgrading to XP
"With the cutely named Windows Me (for Millennium Edition), Microsoft raises the bar a bit with a new operating system that you'll certainly want to consider for your next new PC." -Editorial Review

I have ME on my desktop computer and I have so many problems with it, that I rarely use it. I have XP on my laptop computer and find it much easier to use with fewer problems.

I constantly have to restart my ME computer because I get the blue "System Not Responding" screen. I have also had a lot of software trouble with ME. I can't even install AOL 9.0 because ME refuses to run the program.

So, I have to spend the extra money to upgrade to XP on my desktop, but as long as it runs better, I'm not going to complain. I would just like to use the computer after paying as much as I did for it. ... Read more


2. Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition Upgrade w/ Encryption Coded Software
list price: $109.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004W62P
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 2218
Average Customer Review: 2.31 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Amazon.com Review

With the cutely named Windows Me (for Millennium Edition), Microsoftraises the bar a bit with a new operating system that you'll certainly want toconsider for your next new PC. While this version will probably not be acompelling upgrade for most Windows 95/98 users, the newest member of theWindows operating-system family bundles a number of minor improvements aimed atmaking computing life easier for home users. This upgrade version of Windows Meis available for licensed users of Microsoft Windows 95, 98, or 98 SecondEdition only.

There are several noteworthy features in Windows Me, even if no one featurereally stands out. First, we liked that Windows Me boots noticeably faster. Thereason is that the underpinnings of DOS have been removed from this new release.One result of this absence is that you can no longer boot to a command window asin Windows 95/98 without special diskettes. (Also, don't expect Windows Me tosupport older hardware that uses virtual device drivers written in the days ofyore.) Of course, you can still run DOS command sessions within Windows Me.

Besides removing legacy support for DOS, Windows Me adds several otherimprovements to reliability. The most important is that every 10 hours or so,the operating system automatically backs up its system files (just like Windows2000), thus reducing the chance of your system being corrupted. Windows Me alsoborrows the TCP/IP stack (the low-level code that connects to the Internet) fromWindows 2000, meaning you should have slightly more reliable networkingconnections. For laptop users, you can also hibernate a session and restore itquickly, another feature borrowed from Windows 2000.

The personality of Windows Me also changed a bit for the better. Principally,you can take advantage of personalized menus, which show the most frequentlyaccessed menu choices on the Start bar and hide the others. (This feature isalso based on Windows 2000, but don't worry, you can turn it off.) InternetExplorer 5.5 is bundled here; so is support for working with compressed Zipfiles, which no longer require an add-on.

Microsoft has been touting the multimedia capabilities of the new Windows Me.There's a built-in video editor for video files, and the operating system makesit easy to connect to today's video cameras, scanners, and digital cameras. Butwithout built-in support for Real Media files, these features probably won'tplease everybody.

So what's the verdict on Windows Me? Provided you have recent hardware, thereare some good reasons to upgrade, but most users will want to stick with theircurrent OS. If you are buying a new system, by all means choose Windows Meinstead of Windows 98. Even though it isn't a major release for most users,Windows Me shows that Microsoft has done its homework when it comes to improvingthe computing experience for consumers. --Rich Dragan ... Read more

Reviews (81)

3-0 out of 5 stars A weird issue
I installed ME several weeks ago and just wanted to comment on one weird thing I noticed.

For some reason, my little Netsonic "web accelerator" program from Netboost, Inc. has stopped working. This program caches web pages and does other things to speed up access and load web pages faster when I'm online. Since, probably due to the quality of the local phone lines, I usually don't get anything faster than 31,200 baud, and most of the time is more like 28,800, this was very useful for me.

However, Netboost's Netsonic appears not to work with Windows ME after having worked just fine with Windows 98 for over a year. I tried reinstalling it from the original downloaded zip file but no luck. The other suspicious thing is that after I completed the Windows ME install, I would get a status message from the Netsonic program that my system would have to be rebooted for it to work. However, rebooting didn't help and I now get this message every time I boot up.

I tried re-installing the program from scratch but this didn't help, I still get the same message. Netsonic still doesn't seem to be working. I find this hard to believe because I doubt this program has anything special that would depend exclusively on Windows 98, and also I can't see that I'm doing anything wrong either in terms of the configuration (there's nothing to configure anyway). As I am a professional NT support person, I usually know what I'm doing with these things (but not always!).

Anyway, overall Windows ME has been okay for me, despite being somewhat more unstable. The main thing is that it boots up and shuts down a whole lot faster, and since I turn on my system several times during the day this is useful. I would say it boots up 4 times faster and shuts down 8 times faster, so the difference is considerable. This is due to the remnants of DOS finally being eliminated.

So far I would have to say ME for me is liveable. I've read most of the other reviews here and it looks like most people are advised to beware of this upgrade. As I work in the support business I see all the horror stories caused by these sorts of upgrades, so I myself am surprised when these things go relatively smoothly as they did with my system, because I'm basically always prepared for the worst. Fortunately, this one wasn't one of them. Overall, however, I would have to say that the average user should think twice about performing this upgrade, and be prepared to back out if there are too many things that don't work anymore or the system seems markedly more unstable. I have a very plain, vanilla system with not much on it from a major brand name (HP Pavilion) that is only a year old, and as I've mentioned here, even I'm encoutering a few bugs.

As long as I'm on the subject I should say one more thing. It is very weird this little program doesn't want to work with ME. Microsoft always gets blamed for these problems but people need to understand they aren't always or entirely Microsoft's fault. It is up to the developer of the program to make sure it is written to Microsoft's standards and technical specifications and follows their recommendations and requirements needed to run with their operating systems. If a developer fails to do this and a substandard program causes issues, this certainly isn't Microsoft's fault. One illustration of this fact is all the driver updates and program upgrades that get issued all the time. These usually aren't to address deficiencies with Microsoft's operating systems so much as problems with the original program code (notwithstanding the fact that Microsoft itself does the same thing--NT 4.0 is up to Service Pack 6).

5-0 out of 5 stars WINDOWS Me Upgrade - Install Clean...
WINDOWS Me operates great, even on 200MHz systems. But, You're going to have problems if you install it as an upgrade on top of your existing Microsoft operating system. I build/repair/upgrade computers as a hobby. My household also has 3 computers using "Me" & there are no problems...EVER.
The TRICK is...(1)Backup your existing personal stuff & wipe clean your hard drive, make sure you have other driver/program disks, you can get updated drivers on their respective websites.
(2)Format & Partiton your hard drive. (3)Run WINDOWS Me SETUP, it will ask you for another version to continue - Put it in CD-Rom, it is only going to read it to verify you have a licensed copy. (4)When prompted, put "Me" disk back in & continue with setup. It will even install some audio & video drivers for you.
You now have installed a clean boot WINDOWS Me operating system & should have no "Lockup" problems. If "Me" is installed as an upgrade on top of your existing Microsoft operating system...YES, you're going to have problems as listed in previous reviews. By the way, my company has WINDOWS XP & I hate it!

2-0 out of 5 stars Yuk
All I can say is, the computer I had with Windows 95 on it is still running strong at my parents house, whilst this one I bought new with Windows ME on it constantly hangs up and crashes.

Thank goodness all the new computers have XP on them now. I can't wait to get one.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of money and computer resources
Windows ME is a 'fluffy' version of Windows 98, only it features a massive memory leak - meaning you NEED one of those RAM Boosting programs (aka memory managers) just to keep more then 2 applications going at a time.

I ran Windows ME for about 3 months before becoming completely frustrated with it and moved to Windows 2000 Professional.

This product appears to have been an attempt to create what Windows XP is today, only it failed misserably. This is NOT the operating system for power users or professionals, not that I would recomend it to anyone to begin with.

If your looking for a 'fluffy' upgrade, skip this and go right to Windows XP Home Edition. If your a serious power user, then either go with Windows XP Pro, or just wait until "Longhorn" is released.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product
This product is a good one. I bought it in order to keep up with the usb technology and it has worked great. It is almost the same as windows 98, but it supports this new usb technology. Mine has never frozen or had any of the problems everyone else is having. I think it is great, but i'm sure everyone else is not lying. It worked for me though and it might work for you. ... Read more


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