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Is WindowsME stable with FS2002?

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I have an opportunity to upgrade from Windows98 to WindowsME. Is it stable? Does FS2002 run OK on WindowsME? Are WindowsME users happy? Is it better than Windows98?Any advice appreciated.Airdog

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I have no problem with FS2002 under WinMe. However I don't think WinMe is much better than Win98. The same instability problems - but it doesn't affect your FS2002 which runs well.Michael J.

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I would'nt put the world "stability" and "win ME" in the same sentence. Frankly, stay with win98 or take XP it's far away better..

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I used ME with no problems. I have since upgraded to XP, and I still have no problems. Overall, XP seems much more stable than ME ever was, so maybe you want to skip ME.- Martin

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If your stuck with Windows ME like me youll find that fs2002 runs fine under Win me. Andrew

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WinMe should be renamed: LooseMe!WinMe is THE notorious Bad Gaming and all around incompatibility Black hole of an OS period. Your win98SE is certainly not as stable as win2k or WinXP but it is still a great game performance OS. If you feel the need to upgrade go strait to WinXP, otherwise keep win98SE.It might be noted that many shops that build custom computers you can still have win98SE installed/and/or buy it boxed, you will not find the same to be true of Loose/win/Me for obvious reasons. :-rollPaul

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Reading the replies to this question is interesting. It would appear that many of the posters are expressing an opinion on a subject without the benefit of first hand knowledge or experience.I have had Windows ME installed on my system since it was released. In my opinion, based on about two years experience, it certainly does not deserve the brickbats thrown at it in this thread.First of all, it is very stable with FS2002. Secondly, I have had far fewer system problems that I did with its predecessors.Michael VerlinHistoric Jetliners Group

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Hello,I also have ME and didn't have too many problems in about a year.The thing is that it was preinstalled on a Compaq PC.Can i still just install XP over it,and would i see somekind of improvement with fs2k2.My system is Athlon 950,512 sdram,Geforce 3 TI 200.ThanksRichard

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I've been using ME since it came out and had ZERO problems with it. Most stable OS I've ever used. The ONE time I had a problem I caused it and the restore feature of ME saved my butt. 98SE was an absolute piece of crap for me. As long as ME works this well I have no desire or need to upgrade to XP.Just my experience, yours may vary.

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>I also have ME and didn't have too many problems in about a >year.The thing is that it was preinstalled on a Compaq >PC.Can i still just install XP over it,and would i see >somekind of improvement with fs2k2. XP cannot be installed over ME. I've had no problems (other than those that I've caused myself) with ME either.

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Gotta chime in to say that I have been having a quite positive experience with Windows ME as well.Personally I think at least some of the bad feelings about WinME stem from the time of its original release, when there was a lot of hardware that was found to be incompatible with it. But just about anything in a remotely recent or updated system at this point in time is probably going to get on with WinME just fine. There's also the System Restore and PC Health stuff that was added new in ME, but I believe that can be disabled fairly easily if you want (and I haven't yet found it necessary to do so).What is strange to me is that WinXP reportedly has compatibility problems with some existing hardware (and software) that are quite similar to those experienced by WinME out of the gate (and Win2K, for that matter). A friend of mine is remarkably knowledgeable on such matters and uses XP on multiple machines, and has confirmed this to me. I'm guessing that somewhere between WinME's release and today, people have come to accept (or at least swallow) the idea that you may have to replace some older hardware when upgrading to a brand new OS edition ... something that people hadn't bought into yet at the time of WinME's release, and the initial bad rep has stuck. In fact I suspect that the majority of people who continue to slag WinME as "the worst OS ever" at this point in time have never even tried it and are just repeating things they've heard elsewhere.- David Sandberg

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A lot of people are'nt "working hard" their computer, and therefore don't experience the problems you encounter with 98 or ME. I agree with the statement that 98se was'nt more stable than ME. But 98 took less place on the HD, was faster, and easier to tweak.Win 2000 and xp, if well installed with the right drivers are really really far away more stable than their predessecors.

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Thank you all for your responses.The main reason I am considering going to WinME is that with my present Win98 I am unable to network my internet connection with two other computers in the house. I understand with WinME I have this capability and also the option to 'upgrade' Win98 and not have to do a full Windows reinstall - something I really do no want to do at this time.Of course, FS2002 running well is a priority.Airdog

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Hi Airdog, :-waveI have been watching this thread with interest and I am ready to toss in my nickel.I have two desktops, and 1 Laptop. My 300mz celeron runs Win98, My laptop runs Win98 SE, and my 1.2ghz athlon runs Wndows ME.With that said, here has been my experience. WinMe allows me to do more than win98, and I run the following devices all on one rig, my Athlon.1.2 GHZ AThlon512 mb sdramGeForce 2 GTS Pro 64mb Vid card19" Monitor1 CH USB Yoke1 USB Wingman Extreme Joystick1 CH USB Pro Rudder Pedals1 USB HP1215 Printer3 USB MP3 Players, (2 of the same make and model)1 USB Fuji Finepix 4900z Digital Camera1 Serial Palm 51 1 USB Mouse1 USB Keyboard1 USB QuickcamAll these run FANTASTIC on my WinMe system. The only way I am ever getting WinXP is if it comes bundled in a new system. Main reason is if it aint broke, certainly DO NOT FIX IT.If I got XP with all these devices, I am guessing if it will all work ok, plus I have programs and slaved Hardrives going back to Win95 with a ton of ancillary programs and files that may or may not work with WinXP. The big question is the MAYBE. There is no sure answer.I run an extremely clean system from virus protection to adblockers, firewalls, and cookie blockers.As for MSFS2002, it runs flawlessly on my system as does Fly!II. The only problems I have ever had with either sim has been my own doing and has been related to add-ons. Most people that run a clean system as far as maintenance goes, have had excellant results with WinMe. My suspicians on why people are having performance results with any upgrade is because they are then starting again with a clean system and the enhancement may be related to the cleansing of their system rather than the upgrade itself.In conclusion, If you can get WinMe on the cheap or free compared to XP, save yourself the cash and get WinXP the next time you buy a new computer.Now some above have stated WinMe's supposed gaming problems. While I have not experienced any, and with two boys and no Nintendo's or xbox or Playstation's in the house, let me say I have never run across a game I could not get to work. The problems are most likely do to the user and not the Operating system.And WinXP has quite a few devices that may not work on your machine, or you may have software that may no longer run. My suggestion is to Go to Microsoft's web site and run their proprietary software that will determine whether WinXP will run what you have installed on your system. With that knowledge in hand, only you can decide what is in your system's best interest.You should also make sure all your devices work and you can check them at MS's website here:http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/how...ding/compat.aspI hope this helps a little as I do not have XP, but with WinME, my system rocks, my sims rock, and they run as designed without needing an upgrade.Best Regards,Joe :-wavehttp://home.attbi.com/~jranos/mysig.jpg http://avsim.com/hangar/air/bfu/logo70.gif

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Hello!I used Windows ME for a long time, including with MSFS2K2, and had pretty good luck running MS Flight Simulator in it. That was as long as I kept on top of keeping my system in PEAK running condition to avoid occasional crashes with ME. (Not while running FS2K2 for the most part.)I have since went to XP Pro, and am even more happy with this OS. It is much more stable than Win 98/ME, and for my other uses, I like it much better. MSFS2K2 runs fine for the most part, but at a few slower FPS, and a bit more stuttering (related to my SB Live sound card.)But, as for running MSFS2K2, either ME or XP are just fine in my opinion.Happy Simming!Scott :-beerchugATP/CFII in the Real World :-rotor

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I have ME and FS2K2 seems to run fine 90% of the time. I do have some lockups but overall it runs good. :-bluegrab

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Hi Joe,Thanks for your very useful input.It certainly seems from the majority of responses that WinME is entirely acceptable, though perhaps not as good as WinXP.Given my circumstances, and the opportunity to upgrade to WinME, I reckon that's the way I'll go.Airdog

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I work my WinME-based computer very hard. 3D rendering and graphics editing, digital audio multitrack recording, C++ development, numerous Direct3D games, etc.- David Sandberg

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