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Microsoft: End of support for Windows 98 and Windows Me

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About frigging time.

Microsoft should never have released WinMe, and should have pulled the plug on Win9x back then, forcing people to upgrade to win2k. The world would have been a better place.

Oh please! I would have committed suicide if I was stuck with Win98 on that P1...WinME saved my sanity and possibly my marriage!

Blue used to be my favorite color...then I got Win98.

After installing WinME I will honestly tell you that the BSOD's I have seen can be counted on 1 hand. And this has been since the year 2002.

And Win2k wasn't an option back then and it's still not an option now. If you can get everything to work with Win2k on that PC...come on over! I'll let you try...and fail...and I will be nice enough not to say "I told you so" when you give up.

WinME is very stable on some PC's and the driver support can't be beaten. (that is the problem with my old drivers except for 9x for most of the hardware)

And on the problem PC's....

I have set up PC's with WinME for people that had trouble with it and they are all very happy with it now. It can be kind of tricky, but if you know what you are doing with that OS it will run fantastic.

I consider people with WinME to be the 'elite 6%' of Windows users. The ones that had no idea what they were doing were weeded out long ago by them either going back to Win98 or moving on to 2k or XP if they could. Those that stuck with it and learned what made it tick are all the people left using it. We are a rare breed....and just as 'elite' as any linux user....maybe even more-so.  :P

And here is something else to think about...

Businesses that run 9x should upgrade...invest some of their profits into their business and get some new equipment & software.

But for the home user, those that are still running 9x are older people and the handicapped on fixed incomes...families that would have to make a choice between paying the rent or getting a new cheap garbage pc with XP that will die shortly after the 90 day warranty runs out...and kids that received it as a hand-me-down.  I don't see upgrading as an option for them.

I have been in the shoes of at least one of those groups (maybe 2?) and had I not received my new kick-ass PC as a gift last Christmas, I would still be relying on that WinME P1 for everything.

This is why I still have a soft spot in my heart for the 9x home user. So just because Microsoft dropped support for 9x doesn't mean I will.

i was actually pretty happy with the upgrade from 9x to ME.
but the move to 2k/xp resulted in a really dramatic improvement in experience.

Carol Haynes:
WOW - you are a loner ;) I think you are the only person I have ever heard say anything nice about ME - even MS didn't rate it (how long did they take to withdraw it?)

Anyone got a copy of the Creative PCI Audio drivers for VMWare + Windows 98 ? the one on Creative's website is an upgrade installer (ie. it is incomplete). It does install the drivers to make the sound card work but doesn't include the MIDI stuff. I don't need the MIDI stuff but every time Win98 loads it tries to find the MIDI stuff and complains. I know there was a Creative Driver which was compatible with VMWare a while ago but it doesn't seem to be there any more.
-Carol Haynes (July 12, 2006, 04:49 PM)
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Try here:

I found that link here:


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