read tom's review on win me- the only thing it out performs 98se on is netscape. I'm sure you all see the irony in that. Otherwise it's msconfig has a few more options, but I found it very unstable and that backup feature kept turning itself back on. When I reformatted it had taken over 500+megs of my hard drive.
"Are you saying that I can dodge bullets?"
WinMe refused to install a modem, changed DMA-settings back
to no DMA several times, suddenly decided that the mouse
didnt have wheel etc etc.
I kept WinME on the harddrive so I could change back and forth between ME and 98, and the performance is still
about 7300 in 3DMark
Just wanted to let you know that I agree WinME is not very stable. Tried it twice myself two fresh installs crashed within the week both times. Gave up. I am running win2k now and it has performed better in the stability arena than both win98SE and WinME. Win98SE is the best gaming OS out there by far. I think I am going to go back to Win98SE or do a dual boot with it and win2k.
I have noticed inconsistent performance with WinbloatMe until I disabled the system restore. It hasn't turned itself on yet on my system. I have found its tendency to restore the system files everytime I try to change them annoying--you can't change the config.sys or autoexec.bat files in WinbloatMe.
Otherwise I have not noticed any difference between Winbloat98SE and WinbloatMe.
When you re-installed Winbloat98SE, did you reformat your HD and do a clean install?
The slowdown may be due to older drivers. WinbloatMe is after all is basically a service pack for Winbloat98SE
I moved all files in c:\ to a new directory, SaveME,
renamed windows to WinME and then installed 98 to C:\windows.
I don't think that any ME-drivers are used in the 98
configuration. By copying all files in c:\ to save98,
renaming windows to win98, renaming winME to windows and then copying all files in saveME to c:\ I can switch between them (I know there are better ways, this sorta
just happened because of the situation).
Registry-settings are almost identical, and still I get 7300 - 7350 in ME and around 3900 - 3950 in 98 (3Dmark 2000).
System-restore was the second thing I turned off, the first
I have found Me rather stable myself once you learn a few tricks. Seems to prefer some chipsets to others though, (I build computers and have noticed performance increases and decreases system wide over 98SE). As for the issue of system restore I like to install winbench 99 on my systems and this benchtest program has a startup manager progam of its own that you can easily turn resident programs on and off and I use this to disable system restore, this way it never turns itself back on.
A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing!
You'll never want to use WinME again if you start running Windows 2000. I can leave my machine on for several days and my system will remain stable. If you like the WinME, the next upgrade to WinME will be rock stable like 2000 only with the WinME interface.
I'm betting WinME will be the shortest lived upgrade from M$.