"Windows ME information with details of advanced Windows ME features."
WINDOWS ME OPERATING SYSTEM
"Windows ME is an operating system from Microsoft released to manufacturing on June 19, 2000 and launched on September 14, 2000. It was the last operating system released in Windows 9x series."
"Windows ME was was targeted at home PC users. It included Internet Explorer 5.5, Windows Media Player 7, and the new Windows Movie Maker software, which provided basic video editing and was designed to be easy to use for home users. Microsoft also updated the graphical user interface, shell features, and Windows Explorer in Windows ME with some of those first introduced in Windows 2000, which had been released as a business oriented operating system seven months earlier. Windows ME could be upgraded to Internet Explorer 6 SP1 (but not to SP2 (SV1) or Internet Explorer 7), Outlook Express 6 SP1 and Windows Media Player 9 Series. Microsoft .NET Framework up to and including version 2.0 is supported; however, versions 2.0 SP1, 3.x, and greater are not. Office XP was the last version of Microsoft Office to be compatible with Windows ME."
"Windows ME is a Windows 9x model with restricted access to real mode MS DOS in order to decrease system boot time. This was one of the most unpopular changes in Windows ME, because applications that needed real mode DOS to run, such as older disk utilities, did not run under Windows ME (although the system could either be booted into real mode DOS using a bootable Windows ME floppy disk or the configuration could be tweaked."
"Windows ME Compared with other releases of Windows, Windows ME had a short shelf life of just over a year. Microsoft aimed to make ME the first consumer Windows OS based on the NT kernel. However, this did not happen and ME was rushed to the market after the Neptune project was canceled. Windows ME was often criticized for being buggy, slow and unstable. Windows ME, along with Windows 2000, were soon replaced by the NT based Windows XP, which was launched on August 24, 2001. Support for Windows ME ended on July 11, 2006, which is at the same time as Windows 98."
"Windows ME featured the shell enhancements inherited from Windows 2000 such as personalized menus, customizable Windows Explorer toolbars, auto complete in Windows Explorer address bar and Run box, Windows 2000 advanced file type association features, displaying comments in shortcuts as tooltips, extensible columns in Details view (IColumnProvider interface), icon overlays, integrated search pane in Windows Explorer, sort by name function for menus, Places bar in common dialogs for Open and Save, cascading Start menu special folders, some Plus! 95 and Plus! 98 themes, and updated graphics. The notification area in Windows ME and later supported 16 bit high color icons. The Multimedia control panel was also updated from Windows 98 SE. Taskbar and Start Menu options allowed disabling of the drag and drop feature and could prevent moving or resizing the taskbar, which was easier for new users."
"Windows ME Faster boot times: Windows ME features numerous improvements for improving cold boot time, pre and post logon boot times and time required for resuming from hibernation. Processing of real mode configuration files, Config.sys and Autoexec.Bat, is bypassed at startup and essential real mode drivers like Himem.Sys and Smartdrv.Exe are embedded into IO.Sys. The registry is loaded only once; for efficient loading, the registry is split into three files instead of two (System.Dat and User.Dat), with the new file Classes.Dat containing the contents of the hive Hkey_Classes_Root required for boot loaded initially. Plug and Play device enumeration is more parallelized than in Windows 98 SE. Boot time is not affected due to unavailability of a Dhcp server or other network components. There are also optimizations to prevent boot slowdown due to Bios Post operations."
"Windows ME USB Human Interface Device Class: Generic support for 5 button mice is also included as standard and installing Intelli Point allows reassigning the programmable buttons."
"Windows ME Windows Image Acquisition: Windows ME introduced the Windows Image Acquisition API for a standardized method of allowing Windows applications to transparently and more easily communicate with image acquisition devices, such as digital cameras and scanners. WIA intended to improve the configuration and the user interface for interacting with scanners and such devices, (which were previously supported by the TWAIN standard) and simplify writing device drivers for developers. WIA also includes support for USB still image capture device classes such as scanners and cameras through the Picture Transfer Protocol."
"Windows ME Improved power management and suspend/resume operations: The OEM version of Windows ME supports OS controlled ACPI S4 sleep state (hibernation) and other power management features without manufacturer supplied drivers."
"Windows ME USB and FireWire support improvements: Windows ME is the only operating system in the Windows 9x series that includes generic drivers for USB mass storage devices and USB printers. Support for FireWire SBP 2 scanners and storage devices is also improved."
"Windows ME The waveOut, DirectSound, and DirectShow APIs support non PCM formats such as AC 3 or WMA over S/PDIF."
"Windows ME is not designed to handle more than 512 MB of Ram by default. Systems with larger Ram pools may lose stability; however, depending on the hardware and software configuration, it is sometimes possible to manually tweak the installation to continue working with somewhat larger amounts of Ram as well. Systems with 1.5 GB of Ram or more may reboot during startup."
MICROSOFT ME SUPPORT
"Windows ME end of support date July 2006."