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Windows ME in the test: The biggest failure since Windows existed

Windows ME in the test: The biggest failure since Windows existed

The shell

The part for the graphical implementation, the shell has hardly developed any further in the new Windows compared to its predecessor and remains a big step behind the Windows 2000 shell. While Windows 2000 shines with transparent background colors, Windows Millennium still has to commit to a special color, which is particularly noticeable with colorful background images. Assuming you choose a landscape motif as the background, of which Windows Me 8 brings pieces, the desktop background color, which is automatically adopted as the desktop font background color, has to be chosen very cleverly so that it does not stand out too strongly in interaction with the background graphic . Furthermore, you have to do without the menu fade-in effects by means of alpha blending, which are known from Windows 2000.

Windows Millennium Edition (Me)
Windows Millennium Edition (Me)

To make it easier for newbies to work in the control panel and to avoid having to deal with an abundance of iconsoverwhelm, only 8 points (display, date/time, Internet options, dial-up network, accessibility, printer and software) are disclosed in the simplified representation, the other options must first be activated by clicking on 'show all options in the control panel' .

Windows Millennium Edition (Me)
Windows Millennium Edition (Me)

Another innovation compared to Windows 98, but not compared to Windows 2000, is the ability to display folders in thumbnail mode. Behind it there is nothing other than that images such as * .jpg are displayed as a preview in the folder. Information about these thumbnails is stored in the Thumbs.db file in each folder with the folder view option 'Thumbnail View'. This file is not displayed by Windows itself.

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