As an IT Engineer during the Win 98/ME/2000 era, I have mixed feeling about Win Me. I remember the main issues being related to drivers. MS promised us that Win98 drivers would work with ME, but that turned out to be a load of crap, and a lot of hardware vendors were very slow to release fully compatible drivers.
In my experience, ME was generally as good as 98 (maybe even slightly more stable), as long as you got it pre-installed from a major OEM that had good drivers for it. Upgrades from 98 and even clean installs were very problematic, even when you thought you had up to date drivers.
Of course, I personally had given up on DOS based Windows long before ME came out. My main rig ran Windows NT Workstation and eventually Win 2000.
Oh, and Win8 was fine. Up until a CPU upgrade that forced me to upgrade to Win10 last year (CPU was not supported by Win8.1) I had been running 8.1 on my main workstation. With Classic Shell to restore the classic start menu, and setup as a local user, 8.1 was very stable, and it was a lot easier to remove the crapware services from it than it is in Win10. Win 10 really is just the 8.1 kernel with a boatload of 'social media' and 'phone home' crap bolted on top of it.This comment was edited on Sep 19, 2020, 09:33.
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