5 years ago Windows 95 was released, constituting a huge upgrade
from the previous version, Windows 3.1. There was a major interface
change, and hardware plug and play was finally starting to take
shape. Almost three years later Microsoft released an updated
version of their popular Windows 95, with USB support and a
number of other notable features (including FAT 32 support)
and called it Windows 98 (with a number of minor fixes & additions
- not to mention the slow demise of DOS). Following this same
tradition Microsoft has released (what they say) will be the
last Windows 95 based operating system, Windows Millennium Edition.
at first glance offers almost nothing new over last year's Win98SE.
The interface remains the same, 16bit code is still present
(though minimized even more), and it still crashes. So what
does WindowsME have over Win98SE? Not much, but it still is
enough to constitute an upgrade.
WindowsME is by far the easiest and fastest OS upgrade I have
been forced to undergo by Microsoft. Simply pop in the upgrade
CD, type your serial number and let windows do the rest. Installation
time for my upgrade took about 35 minutes. For the most part
my upgrade from Win98SE went off without incident, except for
1 BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) that occurred because I had my
mainboard's boot sector anti-virus program running. Other than
that both before and after the upgrade I had no problems, and
all of my current devices and programs worked fine.
for a second the billions of possible hardware configurations,
not to mention the numerous software programs written to run
on the Windows platform. Creating an operating system to run
on almost all of these operating systems is no easy task, and
Microsoft seems to have done a decent job, though not a perfect
one. An example of this imperfection was apparent, as in my
upgrade installation there was a BSOD (as I stated earlier).