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  • Is Windows ME all that good?
    By Digital_Frogan October 17, 2000, 05:24 PM

    I am currently using Windows 98se. And I was wondering if I should bother to upgrade to Win ME. Thanks.

    By toonzwile October 17, 2000, 05:32 PM

    Question: should I upgrade to WinME?
    Answer: "I" should decide whats in my best interest.

    Nobody can tell u whether or not u should upgrade to WinME. There are just as many advantages/positive points as disadvantages/negative points for this inquiry.... ull have the crowd that tells u ME is the best Windows OS available, that it kicks ass for gaming & multimedia, and that its the least problematic installation procedure ull ever go through. The other crowd will rant abt their horror stories with the new "Windows 98 3rd Edition" as I like to call it.... personally, i skipped out completely and went with the more stable NT kernel.

    But dont take my advice for it... just be warned... this could become a long, drawn-out thread between 2 crowds. If u dont have any serious problems with ur system, then why bother looking for trouble? Its about a 50/50 chance ull enjoy the ME experience. Maybe it will go through without a hitch... maybe it wont find ur sound/modem/video drivers at all. I dont know... I would stick with Win98. You should search for all questions on ME, have a good long sit, read thru them all, and then make an informed decision based on what u get from the posts. Whatever choice, hope u enjoy it.

    By Digital_Frogan October 17, 2000, 05:38 PM

    When you say NT Kernal, What exactly is a NT Kernal? How about Windows 2k? I honestly dont know. I do have some problems with Windows 98se. thats why im looking to upgrade.

    By jtshaw October 17, 2000, 05:50 PM

    The NT kernal is the kernal used in Win2000 (and NT4.0). Win2000 is basically just WinNT 5.0.

    The basic difference between the NT kernal and the kernal used in 95/98/Me is stability. I don't care what people say about ME stability it simply can't touch NT stability because the kernal is poorly designed. Say you have a program running that decides to through all sorts of exceptions and starts writting crap to memory (this kind of thing happens all the time). In NT that program has bounds to what memory it can write too...these bounds don't allow it to overwrite anything the operation system needs to function. In 95/98/ME it is possible for a program to change values that the os is using thus crashing the entire system, instead of just the program itself. This is a little simplified but in a sense the NT kernal protects itself from others programs killing while the 95/98/Me kernal does not. As a result NT can sometimes be a little slower then 95/98/Me but you can bet it will stay up a lot longer.

    quote:Originally posted by Digital_Frogan:
    When you say NT Kernal, What exactly is a NT Kernal? How about Windows 2k? I honestly dont know. I do have some problems with Windows 98se. thats why im looking to upgrade.

    By NeedMoreSpeed October 17, 2000, 07:29 PM

    Worth it is purely subjective.

    I upgraded and to me it was worth it but i'm nutty that way.

    The biggest thing to look out for is any internet related type software should be looked at closely for compatability.

    Depending on what you have in your system it can be an extremely easy upgrade or a pain.
    Mine was extremely easy. Abit board, PIII, Voodoo card.

    There are a lot of little upgrades on the way the desktop works and the built in zip format. Don't really care of pchealth, etc but its there. Movie maker...so far it seems to be a joke.


    quote:Originally posted by Digital_Frogan:
    I am currently using Windows 98se. And I was wondering if I should bother to upgrade to Win ME. Thanks.

    By Revilre October 18, 2000, 12:48 AM

    More so, consider replacing win98 with winME (full install) and not just upgrading

    By FlameThrower October 18, 2000, 03:43 AM

    I tried ME but there is still limited driver support for it. I used it for a while and then went back to using 98se, I am much happier now.

    By Revilre October 18, 2000, 04:56 AM

    FlameThrower, what hardware were you having trouble with driver support? WinMe more often than not works just fine with the Win98 drivers. In fact often times Win98 drivers that the manufacturer says won't work still do for some people. Case in point is LiveWare 3.0 for Win98 worked fine for me in WinMe. I of course switched to the special WinME version when it became availible.

    By FlameThrower October 18, 2000, 12:08 PM

    I had some trouble with my adaptec software for my cd-rw. Every other cd I burned was ruined. I couldn't find an updated driver for it either. When I went back to windows 98, the problem went away. Also, my aol would freeze constantly, and when I went back to 98, that problem went away. I was also experiencing slowdowns with some of my games, such as Unrealtournament, and NFS. I tried to find updated drivers, but I was unsuccessful. I liked most of the new features ME offers however, and I suspect that I will go back to it when I find adequate driver support.

    By ps October 18, 2000, 12:33 PM

    While listening to KFI 640 AM in Southern Calif on Sunday to the talk show computer expert he said, "Hold off on Windows ME for the time being and keep your Windows 98, it's buggy." This is a rough paraphrase, even tho I put it in quotes.

    His word, not mine.

    By Zalimar October 18, 2000, 01:48 PM

    Hey Guyz, well i'm in the same dilema... I want ME on my system... I plan to play games watch DVD's and do a lil graphics. I hate Win2k for a lot of reasons But i'm curious should it run good on this system?
    Current System:
    Dual Celeron 500
    320 megs of ram
    Gullimont Geforce2 32meg Standard
    SB AWE64
    I'm planning on getting a TBird 850 with ASUS ATA 100 board and SB Live so hopefully you guyz can help me out
    Thanx,
    Z

    By Igor October 18, 2000, 02:16 PM

    Not realy. My registry died a few days ago

    By Gumby October 18, 2000, 02:35 PM

    Hey Zalimar,

    With your dual Celeron system you really should use an OS that can do SMP. With ME or 98 you only use 1 of the 2 processors. If you are having W2K problems let me know and I'll try and give you a hand...If you just don't like it try Linux or BSD (Not too familiar with either) Lots of options, just that with your system the Win9X line really shouldn't be one of them, at least not as your primary OS...maybe as a gaming OS.

    Cheers

    Sean


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