Windows Me, 20 Years Later

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  1. Surt

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    Somehow I skipped Me and went from 98 to XP.
     
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    I was on it, briefly. On my rig it acted up. Windows 2000 - again treated as a curiosity - came soon enough to be replaced with XP; and a new era began.
     
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    I still miss it. The most responsive OS I ever used. It got a bad reputation from a lack of correct drivers at launch. Windows 98 drivers did not work correctly in most cases. I also found it ran better on AMD machines than Intel.
     
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    so it was better than xp huh?
     
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    It ran better than XP for me. At least in the early days of XP. I didn't really think much of XP until SP2.
     
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    on the same rig?
     
  8. Sampei Nihira

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    I switched from W.95 to W.XP which I still use now.
    Using MS DOS wasn't a problem for me
    Indeed in those days it was like being part of an élite.
     
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    Yeah. XP was considerably slower. Possibly somewhat because FAT32 on RAID 0 was much faster than NTFS, especially back then.
     
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    I bought a new PC with ME on it, and found pretty quickly that the OS had a memory leak. After about 2 weeks of ME I said enough is enough and did a clean install of Windows 2000, which I thought was fantastic, and used that for years until I finally put XP on later.... Then eventually Vista and 7. Vista was terrible too IMO.
     
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    Same here.

    Also skipped Windows 7 for Windows 8.

    Heard a lot concussion about ME but by contrast when 7 come out it was the top billing and stayed that way outperforming 8.
     
  12. Surt

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    A million sales less than a month after release is not a curiosity. It was eagerly awaited.

    Windows 2000 and XP are Windows NT 5.x. NT 3 and NT 4, each being an enterprise class workstation network OS, it was NT 5 that was the first NT for the masses.

    As with NT 3 and 4, 2000 was perplexed by, but not limited to, video hardware and it did best on newer turnkey and over the counter systems, though IT warriors with years of NT hands-on had no trouble bending 2000 to their will. By the time XP arrived, the industry had learned it was in their intere$t to respect MS's authority for software and hardware development, ushering in the levels of stability we now enjoy.

    NT 6.x, Vista, Windows 7 and 8.

    Which brings us to NT 10, aka Windows 10, with MS having skipped number 9 for good reason. Number 9 is a Beatles song, owned by Apple...

    Windows 1.0 thru to 9.x and ME were all "MS-DOS shells" (the useful generic term), having no relationship to any NT, other than the word "windows."
     
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    Windows Millennium...
    Things were much simpler that time...
     
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    I went out and bought Windows 2000 on release day. The following year XP came out and Steve Ballmer said it was what Windows 2000 should have been. I was left thinking "Well give me back my money for Windows 2000 then". :eek::D
     
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    yeah, right. considering that the average internet speed around 2000 was 256kbps, i'm sure it was. :rolleyes:
    i'm so glad that i was just a toddler back then. no hi-speed net, no smart phones, no social media, no streaming services. :eek:
     
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    No social media was quite a positive point :isay:
     
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    yeah, that's what the victorians said about telegraph, the losts about radio, the g.i.'s about telephone, the silents about tv, the boomers about computers and internet and x's about gsm and then later millennials about smartphones. and i presume you're either an x'er or a millennial. :rolleyes:
     
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    Agreed but to anyone that does not get that there is no point to try to convince them otherwise. Each generation thinks nobody knew anything until they got here. I did it myself when I was younger. It is what it is.
     
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