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Windows Me
(Part of the Microsoft Windows family)
Screenshot

Screenshot of Windows Me
Developer
Microsoft
Release information
Release date: September 14, 2000 info
Current version:  4.90.3000, September 14, 2000 info
Source model: Closed source
License: Microsoft EULA
Kernel type: Monolithic kernel
Support status
Unsupported as of July 11, 2006[1]

Windows Millennium Edition, or Windows Me (IPA pronunciation: [miː], [ɛm iː]), is a hybrid 16-bit/32-bit graphical operating system released on September 14, 2000 by Microsoft.[2] It was originally codenamed Millennium. Windows redirects here. ... A screenshot of the Windows ME Desktop This is a screenshot of copyrighted computer software. ... is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The text below is generated by a template, which has been proposed for deletion. ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... A software license is a type of proprietary or gratiuitious license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software — sometimes called an End User License Agreement (EULA) — that specifies the perimeters of the permission granted by the owner to the user. ... A kernel connects the application software to the hardware of a computer. ... It has been suggested that Monolithic system be merged into this article or section. ... is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In computer science, 16-bit is an adjective used to describe integers that are at most two bytes wide, or to describe CPU architectures based on registers, address buses, or data buses of that size. ... 32-bit is a term applied to processors, and computer architectures which manipulate the address and data in 32-bit chunks. ... An operating system (OS) is a software that manages computer resources and provides programmers with an interface used to access those resources. ... is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ...

Contents

Overview

As the successor to Windows 98, Windows Me was marketed as a "Home Edition" compared to Windows 2000 Professional, which was oriented towards businesses and had been released seven months earlier. It included Internet Explorer 5.5, Windows Media Player 7, and the new Windows Movie Maker software, which provided basic video editing; and was designed to be easy for home users. Microsoft also updated the graphical user interface and the shell features and Windows Explorer in Windows Me with some of those first introduced in Windows 2000. Windows Me could be upgraded to Internet Explorer 6 SP1, but not to SP2 (SV1) or Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Media Player 9 Series. Windows 98 (codenamed Memphis) is a graphical operating system released on June 25, 1998 by Microsoft and the successor to Windows 95. ... Windows 2000 (also referred to as Win2K) is a preemptive, interruptible, graphical and business-oriented operating system designed to work with either uniprocessor or symmetric multi-processor computers. ... Internet Explorer, abbreviated IE or MSIE, is a proprietary web browser made by Microsoft and currently available as part of Microsoft Windows. ... Windows Media Player (WMP) is a digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. ... “Movie maker” redirects here. ... In computing, Windows Shell is the most visible aspect of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems. ... Windows Explorer running on Windows Vista Windows Explorer running on Windows XP Windows Explorer is an application that is part of modern versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system that provides a graphical user interface for accessing the file systems. ... Internet Explorer, abbreviated IE or MSIE, is a proprietary web browser made by Microsoft and currently available as part of Microsoft Windows. ... Windows Internet Explorer 7, commonly abbreviated IE7, is a web browser released by Microsoft in late 2006 for Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. ...


Windows Me is a continuation of the Windows 9x model, but with access to real mode MS-DOS restricted in order to speed up system boot time. This was one of the most publicized changes in Windows Me, because applications that needed real mode DOS to run, such as older disk utilities, did not run under Windows Me. Real mode (also called real address mode in Intels manuals) is an operating mode of 80286 and later x86-compatible CPUs. ... Microsofts disk operating system, MS-DOS, was Microsofts implementation of DOS, which was the first popular operating system for the IBM PC, and until recently, was widely used on the PC compatible platform. ... For other senses of this word, see boot (disambiguation). ...


Compared with other releases of Windows, Windows Me had a short shelf-life of just over a year; it was soon replaced by the NT-based Windows XP, which was launched on October 25, 2001. Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


History

In 1997, "Millennium" was the codename for a future version of Windows NT that was expected to be released in 2000 or 2001. In 1998, Microsoft stated that there would be no version of Windows 9x after Windows 98.[3] In 1999, however, Microsoft announced a new version of Windows 9x, that was later revealed to be codenamed Millennium. In 2000, this was released as Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me).[4] Windows NT (New Technology) is a family of operating systems produced by Microsoft, the first version of which was released in July 1993. ... Windows 9x is the family of Microsoft Windows operating systems that comprises the 32-bit, DOS-based Windows versions: Windows 95, Windows 98, and often also Windows Me. ... Windows 98 (codenamed Memphis) is a graphical operating system released on June 25, 1998 by Microsoft and the successor to Windows 95. ... Windows 9x is the family of Microsoft Windows operating systems that comprises the 32-bit, DOS-based Windows versions: Windows 95, Windows 98, and often also Windows Me. ...


The general availability date was December 31, 2000. Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows Millennium Edition on December 31, 2003. Extended support ended on July 11, 2006. Windows 98 Extended support ended the same day.[5] Windows Me also contained the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine, which caused it and Windows 98 to be pulled from the Microsoft Developer Network at the end of 2003.[6] The Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) is the portion of Microsoft responsible for managing the firms relationship with developers. ...


New and updated features

Windows Me Beta 1 CD

System Restore: Windows Me introduced the "System Restore" logging and reversion system, which was meant to simplify troubleshooting and solve problems. It was intended to work as a rollback and recovery feature so that if the installation of an application or a driver adversely affected the system, the user could undo the installation and return the system to a previously working state. It does this by monitoring changes to Windows system files and the registry. System Restore protects only the operating system files, not documents, and therefore is not a substitute for a backup program. System Restore is a component of Microsofts Windows Me, Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems that allows for the rolling back of system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc. ... The Windows registry is a directory which stores settings and options for the operating system for Microsoft Windows 32-bit versions, 64-bit versions and Windows Mobile. ...


System File Protection: First introduced with Windows 2000 (as Windows File Protection), and expanding on the capabilities introduced with System File Checker in Windows 98, System File Protection aimed to protect system files from modification and corruption silently and automatically. When the file protection is in effect, replacing or deleting a system file causes Windows Me to immediately and silently restore the original copy. The original is taken from a hard drive backup folder (%WinDir%OptionsInstall) or from the Windows Me installation CD, if the cached copy of files on the hard disk has been deleted. If no installation CD is in the drive, a dialog box alerts the user about the problem and requests that the CD be inserted. Windows File Protection (WFP) is a technology included in all Microsoft Windows operating systems beginning with Windows 2000 to prevent programs from replacing critical Windows system files. ... Windows 2000 (also referred to as Win2K) is a preemptive, interruptible, graphical and business-oriented operating system designed to work with either uniprocessor or symmetric multi-processor computers. ... Windows File Protection (WFP) is a technology included in all Microsoft Windows operating systems beginning with Windows 2000 to prevent programs from replacing critical Windows system files. ... System File Checker is a utility in Microsoft Windows that allows users to scan for and restore corruptions in Windows system files. ... Windows File Protection (WFP) is a technology included in all Microsoft Windows operating systems beginning with Windows 2000 to prevent programs from replacing critical Windows system files. ...


System File Protection is a different technology from System Restore and should not be confused with the latter. System Restore maintains a broad set of changed files including added applications and user configuration data stored repeatedly at specific points in time restored by the user, whereas System File Protection protects operating system files with no user input. Windows File Protection (WFP) is a technology included in all Microsoft Windows operating systems beginning with Windows 2000 to prevent programs from replacing critical Windows system files. ... System Restore is a component of Microsofts Windows Me, Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems that allows for the rolling back of system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc. ... System Restore is a component of Microsofts Windows Me, Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems that allows for the rolling back of system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc. ... Windows File Protection (WFP) is a technology included in all Microsoft Windows operating systems beginning with Windows 2000 to prevent programs from replacing critical Windows system files. ...

Windows Me RTM CD

New TCP/IP Stack: Windows Me includes the Windows 2000 networking stack and architecture[7] which was known to be more reliable, full-featured, stable and offered better performance. Support for networking over FireWire, IrDA, a network diagnostic troubleshooter and a new Home Networking wizard are also included. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 600 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (807 × 807 pixel, file size: 334 KB, MIME type: image/gif) Used solely to illustrate the logo in question on its article. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 600 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (807 × 807 pixel, file size: 334 KB, MIME type: image/gif) Used solely to illustrate the logo in question on its article. ... The Internet protocol suite is the set of communications protocols that implement the protocol stack on which the Internet runs. ... Windows 2000 (also referred to as Win2K) is a preemptive, interruptible, graphical and business-oriented operating system designed to work with either uniprocessor or symmetric multi-processor computers. ... The 6-pin and 4-pin FireWire 400 Connectors The alternative ethernet-style cabling used by 1394c FireWire is Apple Inc. ... This article is about an Infrared communications protocol. ...


Universal Plug and Play: Windows Me introduced support for Universal Plug and Play, often shortened to UPnP. Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) is a set of computer network protocols promulgated by the UPnP Forum. ...


Windows Image Acquisition: Windows Me also introduced the Windows Image Acquisition API for a standardized method of allowing Windows applications to transparently and more easily communicate with image acquisition devices, such as digital cameras and scanners. WIA intended to improve the configuration and the user interface for interacting with scanners and such devices, (which were previously supported by the TWAIN standard) and simplify writing device drivers for developers. The Microsoft Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) interface is both an application programming interface (API) and a device driver interface (DDI). ... API and Api redirect here. ... Look up digital camera in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In computing, a scanner is a device that analyzes images, printed text, or handwriting, or an object (such as an ornament) and converts it to a digital image. ... TWAIN is a standard for acquiring images from image scanners: an image capture API for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh operating systems. ...


Automatic Updates: The Automatic Updates utility automatically downloads and installs critical updates from the Windows Update Web site with little user interaction. It is set up to check Windows Update once every 24 hours by default. Users can choose to download which update that they want, although high-priority updates must be downloaded and installed. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Microsoft Update. ... Windows Update version 5 through Netscape Browser 8. ...

Windows Me operating system box cover shot
Windows Me operating system box cover shot

Compressed Folders: Windows Me includes support for ZIP files through a shell extension known as Compressed Folders. Originally introduced in the Plus! 98 pack for Windows 98, this feature allows users to create, access and extract files from ZIP archives similar to a regular folder in Windows. The user can also restrict access to files with a password. The ZIP file format is a popular data compression and archival format. ... Microsoft Plus! was an operating system enhancement package provided by Microsoft. ...


Image Preview: In Windows Me, images can be viewed by using the Image Preview utility. It allows users to rotate an image, print or zoom in/out an image. Image Preview supports images with .BMP, .DIB, .EMF, .GIF, .JPEG, .PNG, .TIF and .WMF file formats.


Games: Windows Me offers several new games: Internet Backgammon, Internet Checkers, Internet Hearts, Internet Reversi, Internet Spades, Spider Solitaire and Pinball. Spider Solitaire is a card game that is included in recent versions of Microsoft Windows. ... Full Tilt! Pinball (also known as Pinball 95) is a pinball computer game developed by Cinematronics and published by Maxis in 1995. ...


On-Screen Keyboard: Originally introduced with Windows 2000, a program called On-screen Keyboard has been added, which makes it possible to input characters using the mouse instead of the keyboard. This feature is useful for computers that use a tablet as the primary pointing device or for accessibility purposes. A Wacom Graphire4 graphics tablet. ... It has been suggested that Easy Access be merged into this article or section. ...


System Configuration Utility allows users to manually extract and restore individual system files from the Windows Me setup files. It has also been updated with three new tabs called "Static VxDs", "Environment" and "International". The Static VxDs tab allows users to enable or disable static virtual device drivers to be loaded at startup, the Environment tab allows users to enable or disable environment variables, and the International tab allows users to set international language keyboard layout settings that were formerly set via the real-mode MS-DOS configuration files. A Cleanup button on the Startup tab allows cleaning up invalid or deleted startup entries. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In Microsoft computing, a VxD is a virtual device driver. ... Environment variables are a set of dynamic values that can affect the way running processes will behave on a computer. ...


System Monitor has been updated with a Dial-Up Adapter section. Users can now monitor items such as Connection Speeds, Bytes Received or Transmitted / Second. System Monitor is a program in Windows 95, 98 and Me that is used to monitor various activities on a computer such as CPU usage or memory usage. ...


A new Help and Support program has also been added, replacing Windows Help in Windows 2000 and Windows 98. The Help and Support Center is HTML-based, and takes advantage of a technology called Support Automation Framework (SAF). Several other support tools also shipped with Windows Me. [8]


USB mass storage drivers: Windows Me is the only operating system in the Windows 9x series that includes generic drivers for USB mass storage devices. [9] USB Mass Storage Devices are devices that use generic USB standards to grant access to a filesystem stored therin, usually in FAT32 format. ...


Relation to other Windows releases

Main article: History of Microsoft Windows

Windows Me was complemented by NT-based Windows 2000, which was aimed at professional users. Both operating systems were succeeded by Windows XP with their features unified. Along with Windows 98 and Windows 98 SE, Microsoft discontinued support for Windows Me on July 11, 2006. Microsoft no longer provides any phone support or security updates for these products because Microsoft considers them obsolete.[10] The Windows logo used since November 2006. ... Windows NT (New Technology) is a family of operating systems produced by Microsoft, the first version of which was released in July 1993. ... Windows 2000 (also referred to as Win2K) is a preemptive, interruptible, graphical and business-oriented operating system designed to work with either uniprocessor or symmetric multi-processor computers. ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Windows 98 (codenamed Memphis) is a graphical operating system released on June 25, 1998 by Microsoft and the successor to Windows 95. ... is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Many third-party applications written for earlier editions of Microsoft Windows, especially older games, run under Windows Me but not under Windows 2000. This fact has become less relevant with the sharp decline in popularity of Windows Me after the release of Windows XP, which features a compatibility mode which allows many of these older applications to run. A mode in which the computers operating system emulates an older processor and/or hardware platform to allow obsolete software to remain compatible with the computers newer hardware. ...


If an installation CD-ROM from the Windows 2000 family is inserted, the user is prompted to upgrade to Windows 2000, the reason being Windows Me having an older version number. While this is not technically so (Windows Me was released several months after Windows 2000), Windows Me is in fact derived from the older, monolithic MS-DOS codebase (Windows 4.x) while Windows 2000 is the first of the NT 5.0 family, thereby constituting the latter as an upgrade. Windows 2000 (also referred to as Win2K) is a preemptive, interruptible, graphical and business-oriented operating system designed to work with either uniprocessor or symmetric multi-processor computers. ...


Criticisms

A PC World article 'Top 25 Worst Tech Products' dubbed Windows Me the "Mistake Edition".[11] It was listed as the fourth"Worst Tech Product of All Time" because of various technical issues and bugs.[11] "Shortly after Me appeared in late 2000," the article states, "users reported problems installing it, getting it to run, getting it to work with other hardware or software, and getting it to stop running." It was also criticized for its instability and unreliability, due to frequent freezes and crashes.[who?] The System Restore feature was criticized as it sometimes ended up restoring a virus which the user had previously removed, since its method of keeping track of changes is fairly simplistic.[12] By disabling System Restore, the virus could be removed, but the user lost all saved restore points. A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer without permission or knowledge of the user. ...


System requirements

Minimum system requirements:
Processor: Pentium 150MHz
Hard drive space: 320MB
RAM: 32MB


Recommended system requirements:
Processor: Pentium II 300MHz
Hard drive space: 2GB
RAM: 96MB
Intel Pentium II Logo The Pentium II is an x86 architecture microprocessor by Intel, introduced on May 7, 1997. ...


[13]


Last DOS-based Windows

Windows Me was the last version of Windows to include a real-mode MS-DOS subsystem, although access to it was restricted. The Windows Me startup disk or an unofficial patch allowed booting to real-mode MS-DOS. Windows Me (along with Windows 2000 from the NT-family) was the last version of Windows that did not include Windows Product Activation. Windows NT (New Technology) is a family of operating systems produced by Microsoft, the first version of which was released in July 1993. ...     Windows XP is a major revision of the Microsoft Windows operating system created for use on desktop and business computer systems. ...


Windows XP, which is NT-based, became the successor to Windows Me. It also closed the gap between consumer Windows and Windows NT.


References

  1. ^ Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, and Windows Me Support ends on July 11, 2006. Microsoft. Retrieved on 2006-06-10.
  2. ^ Microsoft Announces Immediate Availability Of Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me). Microsoft PressPass. Microsoft (September 14, 2000). Retrieved on 2007-03-13.
  3. ^ Paul Thurrot (December 15, 1999). Paul Thurrot's SuperSite for Windows: The Road to Gold: The development of Windows 2000 Review. SuperSite for Windows. Retrieved on 2007-09-21.
  4. ^ Paul Thurrot (July 5, 2000). Paul Thurrot's SuperSite for Windows: The Road to Gold: The development of Windows Me. SuperSite for Windows. Retrieved on 2007-09-21.
  5. ^ Microsoft Support Lifecycle - Windows Millennium Edition
  6. ^ Paul Thurrot - Microsoft to Retire Windows 98, Others. eWeek, December 8, 2003
  7. ^ Windows Me Networking features
  8. ^ Windows Millennium Edition support tools webcast
  9. ^ Microsoft USB FAQ
  10. ^ Windows End of support for Windows 98, Windows Me, and Windows XP Service Pack 1. Microsoft. Retrieved on 2006-10-16.
  11. ^ a b Dan Tynan (May 26, 2006). The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time. PC World. Retrieved on 2007-08-19.
  12. ^ Mary Landesman. Disabling System Restore to Remove Viruses. About.com. Retrieved on 2007-02-08.
  13. ^ Minimum hardware requirements to install Windows Millennium. Microsoft. Retrieved on 2006-10-16.

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External links

  • Win9x: General support and info for Windows Me
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Windows Me - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1473 words)
Windows Me (IPA pronunciation: [em.iː]), also known as Windows Millennium Edition is a hybrid 16-bit/32-bit graphical operating system released on September 14, 2000 by Microsoft.
Windows Me had the shortest shelf-life of all the Windows Operating Systems (about one year), and was soon replaced by Windows XP, which was launched on October 25, 2001.
Windows Me was complemented by Windows NT-based Windows 2000, which was aimed at professional users.
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