As we said earlier, Windows Me is, at its heart, a modified version of Win98SE, and many of the steps above involve stripping away or reducing the impact of WinMe's bells and whistles to make it operate more like an unmodified copy of Win98SE. In that vein, if, after all the above, you're still not happy with the performance of WinMe, there is one final, extreme step you can take:
Delete WinMe, and install a normal copy of Win98SE. That's what I just did with the brand-new Me-equipped 1.2GHz system described at the start of this article. I tried all the steps above, and while they did help, the system still did not feel (or benchmark) as fast as I thought it should.
So, I pulled a switcheroo: I installed my older machine's copy of Win98SE on the 1.2GHz box and then (to be legal
I then ran tests on the older system
I have to conclude that WinMe is a usable but unspectacular OS. I can see its appeal for novices and others who aren't particularly sensitive to performance and don't want to be "bothered" with system maintenance.
But for those who want the most from their hardware and who find sluggishness to be the real bother when using a PC, I think WinMe is a poor choice.
If you're stuck with WinMe, steps one through nine, above, may help you unlock its Win98-like characteristics. But if you have a choice, I suggest you either avoid WinMe altogether