I run a DAN 1996 computer in perfect order upgraded to Win98 from 95, FAT32 from 16, 4Gb HD from 1Gb, 48RAM from 16, CPU Pentium at 166Mhz from 100 and Pace56. Will I now benefit from upgrading to WinME please or should I stick with Win98 ? What would be the benefits ? I also propose to move from 14" CRT to 17" TFT screen ? any comments ?
I had all the OS's you mention at one time or another and, personally, would recommend sticking with 98. It is a smoother [faster?] OS than ME and is less bulky. I also believe that, excluding NT & XP, 98 was one of the best of the OS that are still around. That is why many people have choosen not to upgrade in fact. There just isn't enough difference between the two.
If you must upgrade - and if your PC can handle it - I would opt to go for the leap to XP. I must admit, when I first road-tested it I thought it was a child like version. I guess I still feel that way, but now have the view that it is almost child proof and the 'extras' included [individual log on accounts, administration rights, the burner & the stability of the platform] are all pluses.
I doubt your PC can stretch to XP with the hardwarde advised. Indded, a 166 must be close to getting to retirement age by now [lol] It might be more worthwhile to 'upgrade' to a low-end PC which will be far superior rather than fork out slightly less money on a TFT that is only running on such a basic set up....
Don't upgrade to XP with that PC. Your specs aren't up to it. There's no need to go to Me from 98 if it is running fine. ME is basically 98se with system restore. It would be a waste of time and money in my opiniom. There;s no virtue in upgrading and it would most likely make things slower not better.Spend the money on a decent TFT screen which you can also use if you ever buy a new PC in the future.
Why does everyone run ME down?, I have it on both machines at home and 5 machines at work. It works perfectly well and if it all goes wonky then restore is a blessing. We also have a couple of machines at work still running 98 and in my opinion the running is neither faster or slower than ME. All I can say to Big Elf is, if you had to re-format every couple of months it was proparly down to user failure rather than system failure :>) like all operating systems it can only take a certain amount of abuse before it falls over so really it is down to common sense and a refianment from tinkering to much