|Only HP have the correct drivers for HP/Compaq laptops since the drivers are custom-made for HP to match the custom-made components. If they only have Windows XP drivers for your model I'm afraid you can only run Windows XP on it.|
If it's only the network drivers that you need, you may be able use an external USB wireless adapter if you can find one that includes drivers for Windows ME.
I hasten to add that, for all Windows XP's shortcomings, Windows ME is much worse as you'll soon discover. Everybody hated it - even Microsoft. They rushed it's development to give buyers something new until XP was ready - and it shows - buggy, slow & unstable.
You would be doing yourself a big favour if you can hold of a legal copy of XP.