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Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition [Old Version]

by Microsoft
Windows Me
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Windows Me
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00004W62O
  • Item model number: C83-00001
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 13, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,495 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition is a home operating system featuring digital media, an improved user experience, enhanced home networking, and a rich Internet experience. Windows computing offers extras like the Windows Media Player 7 and Windows Movie Maker, and it supports the latest in gaming technologies like DirectX, graphics accelerators, in-game chat, and more.

Using Windows is now even safer with new features like System Restore, to quickly restore your computer to a previous working state, and System File Protection, providing built-in safeguards to prevent accidental deletion or overwriting of key system files. This operating system even updates itself by automatically downloading the latest enhancements from the Web.

The included Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 and Outlook Express afford a rich and full Internet experience. Take advantage of simple desktop-based tools to import photos from scanners and cameras, then organize, print and share them. Newly enhanced support of home networking includes step-by-step directions for setting up shared Internet connections, printers, and other peripherals, with full support for Ethernet, Home PNA, and wireless networks. Need help? Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition now offers a centralized location to find comprehensive and easy-to-use help--the Windows Help Center.

Note: This upgrade requires a licensed copy of Microsoft Windows 98.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Windows DE (Disappointing Edition) October 5, 2000
During the installation process for Windows ME (I was upgrading my laptop from 98) I was presented with a myriad of screens telling me how great Windows ME was and how much change was influenced by "customer requests" and issues from their support department.
Ironically, after the install completed and machine rebooted, Windows ME greeted with the infamous "blue screen of death".
After spending a couple of hours using the diagnostic tools packaged with ME and troubleshooting the problem, I was finally able to get my system up and running.
After using ME for a couple days, here are the cold hard facts as I see them. This is a patch to 98, this is not an upgrade. It contains a lot of multimedia extras that are available from Microsoft's download site. The OS performance was not noticeably improved to me in any area. The startup process seemed faster by maybe 5 seconds tops on my 400mhz Pentium.
The price of ME hardly justifies the added functionality that a previous Win98 user gains.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars is probably a bit too generous!!! September 26, 2000
By John B
Ok where to begin with Microsoft's newest P.O.S.? I had the chance to start running Microsoft Windows Me a few months ago, and I jumped at the shot. I was really happy to finally get a new OS on my machine.
Let me begin by letting everyone know what I am running now. I have a custom built machine, by myself. It is a Cerleron 566 overclocked to 850Mhz on an Abit Rev.II motherboard, 128mb RAM, 100 gigs of Hard drive space, Road Runner cable (not so) high speed internet access, Turtle Beach: Santa Cruz soundcard and a Matrox G200 Mystique 8mb video card.
Ok I'll put it this way, Microsoft's Windows ME does not let me use my computer to its best of performance capabilites. Win Me is slow and it looks like a direct rip off of Windows 2000. Well not that, that is a bad thing, Win 2k is at least a stable operating system that is powerful (to say the least).
Windows ME just runs about as fast as a turtle, and it is system resource hungry. I constantly have to restart whenever I do any multitasking. When there are multiple web browsers open, you can kiss half of your resources good bye. I have a lot of .dll (dynamic library link) failures when I multitask and my system just runs terrible. Once most of your memory is used up, if you dont restart... Then your internet speed will cut in half and folders take their time to open. I was also not a big fan with the networking capabilities on WIN ME. It almost looks as if Microsoft took Windows 98 ripped out have of the networking abilities and then threw WIN 2k icons on top of it, therefor creating Windows ME.
To put it nicely, I am really dissapointed with this OS. I was overall impressed with Windows 98 Second Edition and I still prefer it now. But to tell you the truth, I was really excited when I heard Microsoft was releasing WIN ME.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How did Microsoft dare... April 16, 2002
By A Customer
...to release such a bad operating system.
When I ordered my brand new computer with Windows Millennium Edition, I actually thought that is was a good idea. Oh boy, I was so wrong. The thing that persuaded me to buy it was the multimedia home-oriented goodies that after all proved to be totally useless. Believe me, you don't want to spend 200 dollars in this OS only for Windows Media Player and the Movie Maker and stuff, the latter is awfully horrible.
This OS is, as I'm sure you've read, the worst Windows ever released (and that will ever be released!).
I'm going to tell you about some of my problems with WinME. For some reason, it just has an EXTREMELY serious unstability problem. And I really mean that. And even though boot time is fast, I admit that (like 20 seconds or so), I'd rather wait 2 minutes in boot time but not have my PC crash about once every 30 minutes. For real. I find myself stuck hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del way much more than I should, and sometimes, the reset button as well.
The networking code in ME is horrible. I've had lots of problems with my cable connection because of the operating system.
Another serious problem is the system's extreme ability to get corrupted. And I am not talking about viruses here. Just install some hardware and see how ME becomes your worst nightmare.
Just to show you the size of the problem, I've been forced to reformat my hard drive 4 times in the last six months. That is an awful lot.
Windows Me also seems to have a big problem with managing memory, and I find my computer freezing a lot with few applications open with a 256 MB RAM memory.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money? August 17, 2000
This is yet another version of Windows which barely improves on Windows 95. This is basically an update for all the new devices and hardware that are out there. At the core it still works the same as the last couple Windows. I wouldn't recommend buying this unless you have a brand new computer, otherwise, like in my case, it will just slow down your computer even more. There are some small bonuses to this version though. It does come with some ok games, and improved multimedia capabilities, but most of these you could already download from the microsoft webpage. I have to admit some of the more pestering points to Windows 98 have now been fixed, but I'm sure most users will hardly notice. Many of the changes are just cosmetic, or simplify a certain task.
I have been using this version for about a month now, and sometimes I want to uninstall it, it can really slow things down at times, and it does tend to freeze my computer an aweful lot more than previous versions. All in all, this is good for brand spanking new computers, but for older ones, I would stick with older versions, your system will just run faster.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars it not like when I started on computers
I have an old computer that I will use windows millennium on. Today the computer does everything for you, it not like when I started on computers, when you have to use a floppy... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Joseph A Greene
4.0 out of 5 stars This worked okay
This version of Windows, like many others had it's share of problems. I found myself wishing it would function 100% of the time instead of periodically freezing or crashing.
Published 11 months ago by Sarah W. Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved it
windows me works the best yay and i like it that it works so thank you so much from harrish hot springs yay
Published 19 months ago by wayne lipp
5.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Windows Millennium: dependable
I gave this rating because this is good for the older Windows 98 computers. With upgrades.
almost like a system restore, it restores the computer that i have for the kids back... Read more
Published 20 months ago by jacob
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Operating System!
Perfect for older computers! Great for home use! Easy to install and setup! Includes system restore too! Great buy for older computers!
Published 23 months ago by Allison Roush
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good.
Windows ME is even worse than Vista. Vista is much better than ME. I installed Windows ME on virtual machine, and on its first start up after the installation, it gave me the... Read more
Published on May 22, 2010 by Enkhbaatar Ochirsuren
5.0 out of 5 stars Best upgrade ever
I have a laptop that is running Windows 98SE and I don't think that it's preforming like it is suppose to be so I have upgraded to Windows ME and oh my all my sluggish issues has... Read more
Published on May 20, 2010 by D. Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Windows Millennium Edition - Quite Good
I recently bought a used laptop running Windows 2000 and it was really sluggish so I installed Windows ME and haven't looked back. My computer is so much faster. Read more
Published on October 7, 2009 by Samuel Loomis
5.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad
This is a great extension to the Windows 98 line of operating systems. Unfortunately it is also the last in that line. Read more
Published on October 31, 2008 by Amazon8892
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage
I have this OS on an old laptop and it is truly madning. Crashes like there's no tommorw. Security holes the size of the ozone.
Published on May 9, 2008 by Deimos
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