In September 2000 Microsoft launched Windows Me (Millennium Edition), which extended its direct predecessor, Windows 98, with multimedia and Internet features. Windows Me also had its premiere with the System Restore function, which allows the user, in case of system malfunction, to undo changes made to the computer's configuration until it reaches the known "good point". This feature was also introduced in Windows XP. Another major addition to Windows Me was Windows Movie Maker. In Windows Me, automatic updates were introduced for the first time to update the computer.
Windows ME was also characterized by other novelties, the main ones being these:
refreshed media player: Windows Media Player 7,
New DVD Player: Windows DVD Player,
A simple, truncated video editor: Windows Movie Maker,
numerous desktop compositions and game package transferred from the Plus package!
Preview of photos in the explorer, integrated with the "My photos" folder,
Screen keyboard, magnifying glass and improved access tools,
Improved TCP/IP network architecture, network connection wizard (moved from Windows 2000), Internet connection and LAN file sharing,
support for compressed (.zip) files,
tools to protect system files: Scandisk, System file protection, System file checker, System restore,
Improved driver installation model (UPnP), added support for new devices (printers, scanners, USB, Firewire), added API for scanning documents or photos from the scanner.
Removed the possibility to return to DOS from Windows,
Accelerated system startup, with minor modifications to boot files and registry, improved power management and added support for hibernation in ACPI mode (partially moved from Windows 2000)
Windows Me was created as a fast, one-year-old project filling the space between Windows 98 and Windows XP. As a consequence, it was often criticized for its stability and lack of support for DOS programs running in real mode. The criticism even took the form of a "Mistake Edition" label given to the system by the community. (wrong release). Millennium Edition is Microsoft's latest operating system based on the 9x series uniform kernel and MS-DOS technology. Millennium Edition is also Microsoft's last operating system not requiring activation. It was also the shortest ever supported system.