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Old 07-02-01, 05:56 PM
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I have the software sitting on my desk and I can't decide should I upgrade to ME or stay with 98SE. my comp is dragging a little lately so a clean install would probably be good but what other reason is there to install ME?

let me have it!
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(sounds of silence)

Really unless you have to do a clean install I wouldn't do it. If you're doing a clean install and you've got it there...go for it!
Old 07-02-01, 06:08 PM
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Two words: Spider Solitaire
Old 07-02-01, 06:11 PM
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I didn think Win me is all that myself. I hate the new media player. has all sort of issues with avis and codecs. For my money cant beat a clean win98SE install. I like WIn2k Myself
Old 07-02-01, 06:13 PM
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I upgraded from 98 first ed. to ME, but there was no real purpose to it, nor any real benefit...

Had to switch from McAfee AV to Norton AV afterward, though, as McAfee AV started crashing the browser after about a dozen pages, which hadn't been a problem in 98...
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Didn't ME come out like last year.. and XP is coming out when?! So many versions so fast.. O_o
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win me is crap. go to win2k pro or hold off for xp.
Old 07-02-01, 06:32 PM
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Originally posted by broadwayblue
win me is crap. go to win2k pro or hold off for xp.
This is my opinion as well. Win2K Pro doesn't do games though (which is what computers are REALLY for). I'm waiting for XP. Windows 98 is always freezing up on me.
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ik have Win2k Pro and I love it.
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XP has a huge privacy flaw when surfing the net. But mircrosoft won't admit it.
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In Windows 2000, the games that I've played have given me no problems. The only ones that don't work, that I know of, are EA Sports games. Which games don't work for you?
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I have win2k pro on my home pc, it plays games great. The 2 servicepaks helped it alot, along with directx 8
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I played the ea naseball game on my pc, worked fine
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Originally posted by Pestilence
XP has a huge privacy flaw when surfing the net. But mircrosoft won't admit it.
Care to share what this flaw is?
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Yea please explain!!!
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I know the flaw he's speaking of but I don't remember exactly what it is. I read an article about it on ZDNet a while back. I'll go see if I can find it and I'll post a link.
Here's the link I speak of. Not sure if he's talking about the same hole though. http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2770517,00.html
I would say just go with Win 98 SE. I've heard very few good things about ME and with XP so close to release I'd just wait for that if you wanna upgrade(or 2k if you can't wait). That is odd how many different versions of Windows are running being run during the same time period.

[Edited by dfbennett on 07-02-01 at 04:13 PM]
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Ack.

DON'T install Windows Me. It's buggy and inefficient.

I would install Windows 2000 instead. Trust me, it's worth the extra $$$.

My mom accidentally installed Windows 2000 over her (OEM) copy of Windows Me. Before that, Me had ALL kinds of problems, but it also spread to 2000 when co-installed. Did a format and clean install of 2000 and it hasn't crashed once.

When I was having my new computer custom-built I asked for 2000, coughing up the $130 extra (which, compared to retail, is a great price). Haven't crashed once.
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Originally posted by John Sy
Originally posted by broadwayblue
win me is crap. go to win2k pro or hold off for xp.
This is my opinion as well. Win2K Pro doesn't do games though (which is what computers are REALLY for). I'm waiting for XP. Windows 98 is always freezing up on me.
Third that!
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For Windows OSes I probably won't go above 2000 on the NT side or 98 on the dos side. By the time 2000 is virtually no longer in use I'll probably be exclusively Linux anyway
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my roommate installed Win ME (monopoly edition)
it gave him more problems than 98, and he had all new hardware. He was reinstalling every week
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Originally posted by pixyboi
Didn't ME come out like last year.. and XP is coming out when?! So many versions so fast.. O_o
How else is MicroSlop going to make more money

It's hard to imagine the millions of idiots out there that feel compelled to buy the latest and greatest OS because it is "new and exciting." I give props to their marketing people. I just want to be the guy that sells this stuff to people and charge them an arm and a leg to do it, like the Best Buy computer serivce dept (ever see what they charge to do stuff, its amazing)

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ME not worth it. stay with win 98- if you need a fresh install then do it with your win 98 disc or move to win 2K


the bad thing with xp is that is it detects major changes to you computer it will require you to call microsoft to unlock the software again. you do not own this one they do. if you install it on more than one computer it will tranmit the info showing hardware changes locking you out until you get a new code from microsoft.

i hope this is changed with the final shipping version.

"Processor IDs anyone?
Oh yeah, did I forget to mention the lovely new copy protection? XP brings with it something rather sinister. Not only do you have to buy a Microsoft product, they actually get to find out that you did! The new protection scheme utilizes the usual serial number at install scenario, but then turns it up a notch. Once installation is finished, XP generates a number based off of your current hardware configuration. Then, within 15 days of install you must make contact with the mother ship, Microsoft itself. You can either call them or do it online"

from http://firingsquad.gamers.com/hardwa...wsxp/page8.asp

frankly this is the one reason I will stay away for a while. I just do not trust Microsoft that much.

new link
http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,45271,00.asp


[Edited by gcribbs on 07-02-01 at 08:27 PM]
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Originally posted by Pestilence
XP has a huge privacy flaw when surfing the net. But mircrosoft won't admit it.
actually thats not true.. its not a huge privacy flaw.. its a huge privacy mask.. the ability will be there to be completely anonymous, and that scares alot of people.. but this ability has always been there with unix/linux systems.
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Originally posted by gcribbs

the bad thing with xp is that is it detects major changes to you computer it will require you to call microsoft to unlock the software again. you do not own this one they do. if you install it on more than one computer it will tranmit the info showing hardware changes locking you out until you get a new code from microsoft.
even if this does stay in.. its only 1 minor registry tweak to turn this off.. if you really dont want to have to register with microsoft.
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Originally posted by twikoff
even if this does stay in.. its only 1 minor registry tweak to turn this off.. if you really dont want to have to register with microsoft.
Here's hoping that they don't "fix" that in the final release version. I've also read that the corporate disk versions won't be using this because of the problems supporting it in a large environment. As long as this is still the case, then MS really won't cause problems for those wanting to steal software... they'll just cause problems for the average home user instead!

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