Can I not use Windows ME on my new DIMENSION 3000????

Discussion in 'Dell' started by COLT_SSB, May 19, 2005.


    Ben Myers Guest

    With ANY version of Windows, if the chipset manufacturer does not provide the
    drivers required by that version, the system will simply not function at 100%.
    This is true for Windows ME or any other version of Windows. And for Linux, for
    that matter.

    Windows ME is either an aardvark or a platypus, depending on ones grasp of
    biology. It cannot be booted to the DOS command prompt like 95/98, IIRC. It
    introduces more 32-bit NT-ish stuff than Win 98, but still retains a lot of the
    DOS-based artifacts including inferior memory management, both program memory
    and the restricted Windows'-own memory (user, GDI).

    Of course, since I have not pried into Windows ME very much lately, my own
    memory management may be a little inferior and I can't recall all the
    differences between 98 and ME. I just know enough to avoid ME, a short-lived
    aberration, as even some Micro$ofties will attest... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, May 24, 2005
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    S.Lewis Guest

    I thought WinMe was the first Win9X to use the 'non-real' DOS (emulation)...
    ? (And that Win98 was the last to provide 'real' DOS).

    A subject I don't fully understand to this day though I use whatever each

    S.Lewis, May 24, 2005
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    Tom Scales Guest

    Windows Me 'hid' its DOS underpinnings by removing the reboot to DOS menu.
    Still could be done, but you had to fight a bit to do it. Win Me, in
    theory, could use Windows 2000 WDM drivers, so it was supposed to be
    compatible, but they were wildly flaky -- like Me itself.
    Tom Scales, May 24, 2005

    SGD Guest

    I see why you all want to keep XP. But if I could install ME on my laptop
    Have you tried using the Program Compatibility Wizard? If your not familiar
    with it forces XP to resemble one of the older operating systems. (We have
    an ancient program that worked fine in 98SE but refused to run in ME. With
    XP we are able to get it running again. It's an old desktop publisher and no
    one has the time to sit around and port all the individual pages over to
    Word or whatever, easier to just print the pages out using this ancient
    program called Spellbinder.)

    Anyway to start the Program Compatibility Wizard, click Start, click Help
    and Support, click Find compatible hardware and software for Windows XP, and
    then, under See Also in the navigation pane, click Program Compatibility

    If compatibility problems prevent you from installing a program on Windows
    XP, run the Program Compatibility Wizard on the setup file for the program.
    The file might be called Setup.exe or something similar, and is probably
    located on the Installation disc for the program.

    Now I used ME for years, but look closely. Internet Explorer 7 is due out
    this summer and the upgrade will NOT work on ANY older operating system. So
    you will only shooting yourself in the foot by re-installing ME. (My
    SGD, May 26, 2005

    Paul Knudsen Guest

    OK, here's help: Don't do such a silly thing.
    Paul Knudsen, May 26, 2005

    Ben Myers Guest

    Nobody is getting personal about YOU. Just Me... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, May 26, 2005
  7. Good, thanks for the reassurance.
    Sparky Spartacus, May 27, 2005

    S.Lewis Guest

    There's no "I" in team, but there's a "Me". I understand it blue screens
    and locks up there as well.
    S.Lewis, May 27, 2005

    SGD Guest

    biology. It cannot be booted to the DOS command prompt like 95/98, IIRC.

    Well yes and no. Actually it could if you patched the OS.

    Drop-to-DOS was never really disabled; the option was simply eliminated as
    an option on the shut-down screen. My old laptop was an ME computer &
    patched to drop-to-DOS and functioned just like Win98.
    SGD, Jun 2, 2005
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