Windows Millennium Edition
Revision - 1.6
(February 12th 2002)
Windows Millennium Edition
Q: What is Windows Millennium Edition?
A: Windows Millennium Edition was the last release of the Windows 9*
operating system. It is designed solely for the home user.
Q: What is the build number for the final version of
Q: When can I buy Windows Me?
A: You can buy Windows Me from September 14th. MSDN users will receive their
copies on CD in July while new PC buyers can expect to see Windows Me on
PC's late July.
Q: How much will Windows Me cost?
A: $209 for the full version, $109 for the upgrade.
Q: What will be new in Windows Millennium Edition?
A: Not a great deal is new in Windows "Millennium Edition" despite the hype
that is sure to come out around its release date. Here are the basics from
the Press Release Microsoft sent out.
- "Digital Media and Entertainment"
Digital media is becoming increasingly popular, as illustrated by the
exponential growth in areas like music on the Web and digital photography.
The Consumer Windows Division will focus on enabling users to take
advantage of all this new content, making it easy to access, play/view and
store as well as providing an enhanced PC gaming experience.
- "Online Experience"
Providing consumers a premier home online experience is a primary goal for
the Consumer Windows Division. This means ensuring consumers can easily
connect to the Web, locate desired content and determine which content is
right for their family.
- "Home Networking" With
more than 15 million households now owning two computers and the cost of
new PCs continuing to fall, as well as the many intelligent hardware
devices being created, networking at home is becoming a reality for more
people. The Consumer Windows Division will work to simplify the process of
connecting multiple computers in the home, enabling them to share
information and an Internet connection, and provide the infrastructure for
connecting different intelligent devices to the PC.
- "It Just Works" The
Consumer Windows Division is committed to providing consumers with a
solution that 'just works,' from the moment a user starts their PC and
throughout their daily computing experience. This promise will be
delivered upon by the advancement of the PC's self-healing functionality,
in addition to providing a simpler set-up and a great out-of-the-box
experience for new computer users.
There are a number of other new features such as the
Universal Plug and Play:
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) defines an architectural framework for
creating self-configuring, self-describing devices and services. It
enables seamless connectivity and communication between Windows and
intelligent appliances in the home, office and everywhere in between.
Q: When did testing begin on Windows Me?
A: Testing first began back in September 1999 when we first broke the story.
Q: What can we expect to see in Windows Millennium
Edition that will make us upgrade from Windows 98?
A: The major plus points are a much faster booting time (30 seconds for some
new users) and far great stability.
Q: If I am a games player, should I go for Windows 2000
or wait for Millennium Edition?
A: Defiantly wait for Windows Millennium Edition for the simple reason that
it is designed for the consumer thus is more adept at games playing.
Q: Will my games run faster and smoother on Windows Me
compared to Windows 98?
A: No, even though Windows Me ships with a newer version of DirectX 7, there
is little speed increase in any game we have tried out, the main difference
is stability across all fronts.
Q: I hear that MS-DOS has gone, how will I run some
older programs like Scandisk etc?
A: MS-DOS isn't gone, its just harder to get too. Just create a Windows
Start Up disk and you can easily get to MS-Dos. Programs like Scandisk no
longer need to run in Dos if there is a bad shutdown, Microsoft has improved
the program to run when Windows restarts.
Q: I have been told that I can no longer update my Bios
due to the lack of MS-DOS in Windows Me, is this true?
A: No. Creating a boot disk to run a bios update is easily done.
Read our tip for details on how to create
Q: Is the version of Internet Explorer 5.5 in Windows
Me older than the final released to the public?
A: It seems so. Installing Windows Me over Internet Explorer 5.5 final keeps
the newer version that you downloaded.
Q: Does Windows Millennium Edition support dual
processors like Windows 2000 does?
A: No - Windows Me is still based on the Windows 9* core and the first
consumer edition of Windows that will support Dual Processors will be
Windows Whistler (Windows 2001)
Q: I have just
purchased Windows Me - have any updates been released for it yet?
A: Yes! Many parts of Windows Me are already well out of date including
Internet Explorer 5.5, Windows Media Player 7 and some security updates so
pop along to
Q: Do you have a review of Windows Millennium
A: Yes we have
review of Windows Me on our site.
Q: Where can I find more information?
A: Visit our Windows Me Section
or Microsoft's Windows Me site.
Q: I have Windows Me - is it advisable to upgrade to
A: Yes without a doubt we wholly recommend upgrading to Windows XP and as
you are a Windows Me user, we recommend that you purchase Windows XP Home
Edition for your PC.
Millennium Edition Timeline
||On The Internet
First News Of
"Millennium" Broken: Summer 1999 Exclusively On ActiveWin
Developer Preview 1: Released July 23
Microsoft Officially Announces "Millennium":
July 26th 1999
Beta 1: Released September 23 1999
Beta 2: Released November 23 1999
Beta 2 Refresh: Released January 20 2000
Officially Named Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me):
January 31st 2000
Beta 3: Completed April 7th 2000 -
Released 11th April
RC 0: May 9th 2000
RC 1: May 17th 2000
RTM: June 18th 2000
Final release: In stores September 14th.
On PC's Late July
The Official website for Windows Millennium Edition
Windows Me Review
Our review of the gold release
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