Solved My thoughts on Windows ME

June 23, 2014 at 07:26:55
Specs: Windows 7
I use Windows 7 as my daily OS, but older operating systems are a hobby of mine. One old OS I have used is Windows ME. I last ran it under Oracle Virtualbox, but I have used it under real hardware as well. A lot of people hated this OS, but I think it is quite good. It can do everything Windows 98 could do (though I am unsure if the lack of real mode DOS effects DOS games since I don't have any of those) and then some. For example, Windows ME includes USB mass storage drivers right out of the box, 98 requires unofficial drivers to do the same. ME also seems to play nicer than 98 under virtualbox (if I remember correctly). On some machines windows ME starts up faster than 98, even though ME has higher system requirements.

My only issue with ME is that it uses the Windows 2000 look instead of the classic 95/98 look. If there is anyway to change ME to the 95/98 look, please tell me.

Overall, if you're looking for an OS that can run your 9x or 3.x programs, consider Windows ME.

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June 23, 2014 at 07:50:05
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I was a fan of WinME too. The best thing you can do to make it run well is disable System Restore & never enable it again. If you want to change the look & make it run even better, try using 98Lite.

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September 16, 2015 at 10:18:30
Hello S.S.,

How about using the even older Windows shell called progman.exe?

It resembles the default Windows 3.1x shell and you have to follow the steps below to activate it.

It is available and fully functional in Windows ME and it was even available and functional up until Windows XP SP1 (you can even use is on SP3 and SP2 if your replace the appropriate files with the ones from SP1).

From MS KB Q142255:

"To use Program Manager as the shell in Windows, follow these steps:
1.Click the Start button, and then click Run.
2.Type system.ini in the Open box, and then click OK.
3.Locate the line that reads "shell=Explorer.exe," and then place a semicolon (;) at the beginning of the line to disable the line.
4.Add the following line beneath the line you disabled in step 3:


5.Save and then close the System.ini file.
6.Shut down and then restart Windows 95/98. "

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