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Microsoft Windows ME
Category: Abandoned Windows systems- client releases

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.


Quick Review:
Type of product:

OS (Operating system)

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Minimal system requirements:

Free space on disk: 600 MB- 2 GB

CPU: 150-300 MHz

RAM: from 32 to 64 MB

Type of interface:

GUI (graphical)

⦁ Additional informations about files:
BETA versions (developmental, unstable) are marked in gray,
Blue - official system editions,
Green for modifications and additions (if any)

If you have trouble choosing the right version of the system to download, please refer to the markings below:

⦁ OEM- version compatible with previously purchased devices / pre-installed system on a new computer, assigned to a PC motherboard. After damage or replacement of computer parts, your license is lost

⦁ SP- System image contains a package of fixes and updates. The higher the number, the more patches and updates contained in the system. The patches are called "Service Packs".

⦁ RTM- System version released on the day of release, straight from the production line. It does not contribute anything to the operation of the license.

⦁ Retail- sales version of the program.

⦁ [Polski]- Polish language version; [English]- English language version

⦁ x86 or 32-bit - system compatible with 32-bit processor architecture. They do not support 64-bit architecture. They can use up to 4 GB of RAM.

⦁ x64 or 64-bit - System compatible with 64-bit processor architecture. Some systems (older than Vista/7) do not support 32-bit systems

⦁ x86-64- Multi-architecture edition of the program. You can choose it if you do not know what CPU architecture your computer has.

⦁ VL/VolumeLicense- A system preinstalled on company computers, this license allows you to install the same system on multiple computers and use it simultaneously.

⦁ E- System version without Internet Explorer browser.

⦁ N- System version without media programs (Windows Media Center, Media Player)

⦁ Images called: "Home/Ultimate" are actually images that contain all editions: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate

⦁ Multi-SKU: system image with multiple edits to choose from during installation. Multi-Format system

⦁ (chk): system image checked for errors during compilation (debug)

⦁ (alt): alternative system image to be downloaded, not different from the original, it is a copy/reupload

⦁ DMF: system image saved in a floppy disk format

⦁ CD/DVD: system image saved in a format designed for compact discs and DVDs.

⦁ ESD: file from digital or commercial distribution. To use it, it must be converted to an ISO file.

⦁ File preview icon:
                      IMG- floppy disk image. You can use it in a virtual machine, or use a special program to extract files.

                  ISO/MDF- ready to burn to disk, create bootable media or use in a virtual machine. It can also be used in a program to emulate virtual drives and discs.

      7Z, ZIP, RAR- compressed archive. To access the file, use a program to compress the files, e.g: WinRAR, 7-ZIP- please use file archiver program to open it.

To quickly find the image, press [Ctrl+F] on your keyboard and enter the keyword in the search field. This will highlight the images that contain the entered keyword.

Installation of these images is intended for advanced users. The following systems are published in the BETA (test) version. The installation may be problematic, the system may not work properly. Moreover, BETA versions may be unstable with drivers, programs and operation. They may have unfinished system functions. It is recommended to test the BETA version on a VM. If you have problems with the installation I recommend to consult the Beta Archive forum.

If you are looking for activation keys for Windows [Beta] installation images, click here, or use this address.

Some installation images may not start without an appropriate MS-DOS boot disk. To start the installation, use the appropriate disk, prepare the disk for installation, then run the installer from the disk.