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

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

Hardware support

Windows Me is touted by Microsoft as a product that supports an abundance of new hardware components such as printers, scanners, modems, etc. Unfortunately, this 'abundance' does not include such popular products as the Sound Blaster Live from Creative Labs, or the Matrox G400. It looks even gloomier with the support of ISDN cards. While Windows 2000 comes with drivers for the popular AVM Fritzcard ISDN card, they have simply been forgotten with Windows Me. The only satisfaction is the ability to use old Windows 98 and Windows 95 drivers. Most drivers from Windows 2000 do not work despite WDM (Windows Driver Model).

The function hibernate or hibernation, in which the entire content of the main memory is copied to the hard disk (Supend to Disk), or with a corresponding motherboard Suspent to RAM works perfectly in Windows Me if the hardware, and thus the drivers, support this function. Unfortunately, the function can almost never be activated when using SCSI host adapters or the now very popular ATA-UDMA66/100 controllers or IDE RAID controllers, as these are integrated into the system as SCSI devices. This function should therefore be used by many hobbyistsremain closed, Windows 2000 does not have such problems with SCSI.


The network support in Windows Me has been improved, especially with regard to setup and configuration. Anyone who has a small network at home or wants to set up can make it work very easily with the help of assistants. A DHCP function is set up automatically, which addresses the PCs; for older Windows 9x versions, the creation of a configuration disk is offered, which can then be easily integrated into the Windows Me network. Microsoft continues to fully rely on the TCP/IP protocol used on the Internet. '

VIA's Samuel 2 in August 2001