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Upgrade 98 to ME


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chowdown

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My older pc (Win 98 first ed) is still fine for browsing and lite work, but I'm getting more blue screens, often saying there's problems with Explorer.exe, and occasional failure to completely shut down. I'm current on virus protection, and I scan for adware and spyware periodically. I'm thinking an op system upgrade will improve things.

I read the post about upgrading to XP, so I guess that's not for me. What about Win ME? Will I get better stability?

The PC was a Dell prebuilt system, no hardware added or upgraded. I compared the Win ME Hardware Compatbility List against my devices; not every one was there exactly, but is there a big risk in trying ME? (Sorry I don't have my full specs posted yet).

Appreciate any input...
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Murray S.

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Howdy and welcome to G2G:

If you are looking for stability, WinME is NOT the way to go !!! If anything, move up to Win98SE!!!!

In the meantime, have you tried running the System File Checker (Start>Run and type in sfc) and let it run to repair any missing or corrupted files??

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Thanks Murray.

I haven't tried SFC yet. The last time I tried that, it prompted me to fix a whole bunch of files. I trusted it and got bit; had to reinstall the whole system. If you have any undocumented wisdom about SFC I'm all ears!

98SE? No, hadn't considerd that. I merely assumed that ME would be better because it was newer. I'll search the forum for a comparison, but if you can sum up why SE is better I'll appreciate it.

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ME has a well documented memory leak which basically means when you load a program up, use it a while and then shut it down, the memory that that program was using isn't always given back to Windows ME.

Therefore eventually the system runs out of memory and just either hangs, does strange things or just throws up messages. Either way, a restart is needed.

On the plus side of ME, I'm currently running it on a Pentium 166 computer which was brand new and top of the range in the summer of 1996, and ME runs far better on it than Windows 98SE.
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Thank you Neil! Sorry for the delay in replying, other issues in my life.

Question: is there any difference in the USB support provided between 98SE and ME?

Also, is it better to get an upgrade copy, or a full install version (assuming that I'm willing to reformat the HD etc) to go beyond my 98 1st ed?
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A full install is always the best way to go!!

That being said, as long as you have your Win98 cd, you can use an upgrade install cd to do a clean install as well..

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I preffer 98SE, but think 2000 pro is very stable, auto USB support, small installation, good for gaming etc
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