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Windows Me Millennium Edition Full Version

Platform : Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000
3.1 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Enjoy the added functionality of Windows Media Player 7 and Windows Movie Maker
  • System Restore quickly restores your computer to a previous state
  • Operating system updates itself by downloading the latest enhancements from the Web
  • Rich Internet experience from Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 and Outlook Express
  • Full support of home networking, including step-by-step directions

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / NT / 2000
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00004Y5CD
  • Release Date: 14 Sept. 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,454 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Microsoft's Windows Me (Millennium Edition) raises the bar for consumers as a new and improved operating system with a handful of appealing features. While perhaps no single improvement on its own makes or breaks this upgrade, together they add up to a smoother and more productive computing experience for all. With faster boot times, better reliability, and great support for today's multimedia devices like video cameras and scanners, Windows Me provides a slicker, more powerful operating system ideal for almost any home user.

You'll notice right off the bat that Windows Me should boot noticeably faster for you. The reason is that the underpinnings of DOS have been removed from this new release. One result of this absence is that you can no longer boot to a command window as in Windows 95/98 without special diskettes. (Also, don't expect Windows Me to support older hardware that uses virtual device drivers written in the days of yore.) Of course, you can still effortlessly run command sessions of DOS within Windows Me.

Besides removing legacy support for DOS, Windows Me adds several improvements to reliability. The most important is that every 10 hours or so, the operating system will automatically back up its system files (just like Windows 2000 does), thus reducing the chance of having your system get corrupted. Windows Me also borrows the TCP/IP stack--the low-level code that connects to the Internet--from Windows 2000, meaning you should have slightly faster and more reliable networking connections.

The personality of Windows Me also changed a bit, and we think for the better. Principally, you can take advantage of personalised menus, which will show the most frequently accessed menu choices on the Start bar and hide the others. But don't worry, you can turn it off if you want to. This feature is also based on Windows 2000. Numerous additional smaller touches will make your computing life easier. Internet Explorer 5.5 is bundled here. So is support for working with compressed ZIP files, which no longer require add-on software. Ideal for laptop users, the system can hibernate and save a computing session to disk so you can quickly resume your work later.

Microsoft has been touting the multimedia capabilities of the new Windows Me with good reason. There's a built-in video editor for video files, and the operating system makes it easier than ever to connect to today's video cams, scanners, and digital cameras. The operating system is ready to go for game players with the latest version of DirectX , Microsoft's gaming platform.

So what's the verdict on Windows Me? It's the little touches that users will appreciate. Provided you have recent hardware, there are plenty of good reasons to upgrade. While business users will probably want to stick to Windows 2000 as their OS of choice, Windows Me shows that Microsoft has done its homework when it comes to improving the computing experience for consumers. --Rich Dragan,

Manufacturer's Description

Windows Millennium Edition, or Windows Me, is the new home operating system for PCs that brings the richness and convenience of the digital world to your home.

Digital Media: New technologies and features make it easy to share digital photos, videos and music. Windows Me includes Movie Maker, Windows Media Player 7, imaging technology for digital still cameras and scanners and superior 3-D graphics and sound support.

Improved User Experience:Advanced help functions make it the most trouble-free operating system for the home. System Restore lets users easily return their systems to a working state, and System File Protection safeguards key system files. Help and support resources are easily accessible from a single location and AutoUpdate lets users easily schedule automatic updates from the Windows Update site.

Rich Internet Experience: Internet Explorer 5.5 improves the online experience with faster browsing and easier printing. Outlook Express and MSN Messenger Service keep you connected with friends, and family around the world. Internet-ready versions of classic games let you participate in online gaming fun.

Enhanced Home Networking:The improved Home Networking Wizard simplifies the process of setting up a home network, and Internet Connection Sharing allows users to share a single Internet connection across multiple PC's. There's a new TCP/IP network protocol for improved reliability and security on the Internet, and also support for Universal Plug and Play--the next generation of smart devices.

Please Note: Many products from Symantec released prior to the 2001 line (i.e.those without 2001 in the title) are incompatible with Windows Me, and must be removed or upgraded to the 2001 version prior to attempting to install Windows Me. Please see Symantec's Web site for further product compatibility information.

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