"Shortly after ME appeared in late 2000," the article states, "users reported problems installing it, getting it to run, getting it to work with other hardware or software, and getting it to stop running." System Restore also suffered from a bug in the date-stamping functionality that could cause System Restore to date-stamp snapshots that were taken after 8 September 2001 incorrectly.
This could prevent System Restore from locating these snapshots and cause the system restore process to fail. Byron Hinson and Julien Jay writing for Active Win took an appreciative look on the operating system.
Microsoft also updated the graphical user interface, shell features, and Windows Explorer in Windows ME with some of those first introduced in Windows 2000, which had been released as a business-oriented operating system seven months earlier.
Windows ME could be upgraded to Internet Explorer 6 SP1 (but not to SP2 (SV1) or Internet Explorer 7), Outlook Express 6 SP1 and Windows Media Player 9 Series. NET Framework up to and including version 2.0 is supported; however, versions 2.0 SP1, 3.x, and greater are not.
Microsoft aimed to make ME the first consumer Windows OS based on the NT kernel.
However, this did not happen and Windows ME was rushed to the market after the Neptune project was canceled.
The two files thus contain only settings and preferences which configure the "global environment" for the computer during the boot phase or when starting a new virtual DOS machine (VDM).
To specify or edit other startup values (which, in Windows 98, would be present in the For troubleshooting and crash recovery, both the Windows ME CD-ROM and the Windows ME startup disk (a user-createable floppy disk, known as the Emergency Boot Disk (EBD)) allowed booting into real mode MS-DOS.
Beta 3 was released on April 11, 2000, and this version marked the first appearance of its final version startup and shutdown sounds (derived from Windows 2000), as the previous betas used Windows 98's startup and shutdown sounds.
The final version boot screen was first featured in Pre-Beta 3 build 2470.
files are used only to set global environment variables.
The two files (if present) are scanned for settings relating to the environment variables, and any other commands present are removed into a Windows registry key (see below).
Windows Millennium Beta 2 was released on November 24, 1999 and added a couple of new features such as System File Protection and Game Options Control Panel.