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  • [jazzy millennium music]

  • Greetings and welcome to an LGR thing

  • about Windows Millennium Edition.

  • Yes, it is time to dive into this

  • and uhh...

  • and see if it really was

  • 'better living in the digital world.'

  • You know, this is a fascinating product really,

  • and despite my own mixed personal experiences with it,

  • just looking back at this thing's release, its reception

  • and its 20 years of people deriding it.

  • I mean, it's just become one of the most often maligned

  • and highly criticized Microsoft operating systems

  • and tech products of all time.

  • Whether that's completely deserved or not,

  • let's hopefully figure some of that out in this video.

  • But yeah, either way, Millennium Edition has appeared

  • on so many different lists of the worst tech products ever

  • and things like that over the years.

  • And it's become the subject of memes, the butt of jokes

  • and is often called something like Mistake Edition

  • or Major Embarrassment or Multiple Enemas or whatever

  • people wanna say that Me actually stands for.

  • The ongoing narrative being that it was so bad that it led

  • people to move on to Windows 2000 or,

  • just downgrade to a Windows 98SE

  • or not even bother changing anything with their OS

  • at all, especially since Windows XP was just around

  • the corner in October of 2001.

  • This came out in well, it was released to manufacturing

  • in June 19th of 2000 and actually hit store shelves

  • September 14th, 2000 meaning that it remained current

  • for a little over a year and that was that.

  • Now as for my own personal thoughts as to whether

  • or not this was really as bad as everyone says.

  • Well, to be honest, at the point I'm recording this

  • at this very moment, I haven't used it

  • in at least 18 years I had it on my Compaq Presario 5000US

  • it came pre-installed on there.

  • I used it for a year, maybe two I believe

  • and it just got so unstable at that point that I did

  • actually downgrade to Windows 98 Second Edition

  • and that worked a lot better, at least in my recollection.

  • I don't actually know of the specifics

  • of what was causing the instability.

  • Either way I was not a fan of it back then

  • and I've always had lingering feelings about Me ever since.

  • And yes, it is officially pronounced 'Me' just the way

  • it's spelled there.

  • You'll often hear it said 'M.E.' and as far as I'm concerned

  • that's legitimate as well.

  • But if you look at old articles and the press

  • and such, you've got journalists and Microsoft reps

  • were repeatedly making the point back

  • then that it was meant to be said 'Me' for better or worse,

  • and the marketing reflected this.

  • There were lots of 'Meet Me' ads and 'Me is the operating

  • system for Me' and things like that.

  • It's still an initialism standing for Millennium Edition

  • of course, but the PR really wanted to try

  • and differentiate it from Windows 2000

  • because that was another beast entirely sold

  • at the same time.

  • And it was really meant for business and enterprise users,

  • a proper successor to Windows NT 4.0

  • whereas Millennium Edition was meant to be the next big

  • mainstream consumer operating system.

  • And originally it was actually gonna be based

  • on the NT kernel and file system like Windows 2000 was,

  • but for many multiple reasons

  • it ended up being the final Windows built on top of MS-DOS

  • and there are several videos going more in depth

  • as to why this happened and the details

  • of the development of it.

  • In fact, there's one by Science Elf I watched not too long

  • ago, I recommend that. But right now I'm more interested

  • in seeing whether or not it really was the best

  • in digital media and improved user experience,

  • enhanced whole networking and a rich internet experience

  • compared to Windows 98SE.

  • Plus I have this big box version here of the full

  • complete edition of Windows Millennium.

  • Something I didn't get until recently because

  • this has oddly enough, become somewhat hard to find,

  • especially sealed and in complete in box like this.

  • I've never opened up one of these,

  • I never had it myself back in the day.

  • Like I said, it came with my Compaq and as far as I can tell

  • that's the way most people got Millennium Edition

  • and was actually just a pre-installed thing.

  • Otherwise, there were three different versions

  • available at retail.

  • A $60 limited edition for upgrading Windows 98SE,

  • a $110 upgrade edition for Windows 95

  • and 98 first edition users, and the $210 full version

  • complete in the box with all the goodies

  • as we have right here.

  • And this is also one that if you bought it from CompUSA,

  • then you'd get a limited edition Windows Me watch

  • with the purchase of one of the first 25,000 units

  • sold at those stores.

  • Well, I don't have one of those watches here,

  • but I do have the original packaging, so yeah,

  • let's just open it up and see what is packed inside.

  • I mean, I'm pretty sure we all know

  • it's gonna be operating system stuff.

  • Microsoft didn't exactly go crazy

  • with their boxed OS contents.

  • Still though, I'm curious what is contained.

  • There goes the seal, all right.

  • [Box unboxes boxily]

  • Imagine paying $210 in the year 2000

  • and this is what you get, man.

  • Look at that.

  • You get that hologram disc.

  • The way this is worded amuses me.

  • The product ships with an advanced hologram technology.

  • I just imagined like Tupac popping out of the box.

  • Yeah, oh man, I have never seen a Windows Millennium

  • Edition disc in person and honestly that looks fantastic.

  • [laughing]

  • I'm legitimately impressed, that looks so much cooler

  • than any other version of Windows I have.

  • Honestly, that's legit.

  • A product's key on the back there

  • and not a whole lot else inside as expected.

  • You got a nice little Windows Millennium Edition boot disk.

  • It's always cool they include this for a couple of reasons

  • actually for this version of Windows.

  • And we've got a slip for America Online Gold version 5.0.

  • Try it for 500 hours free.

  • Indeed, yeah.

  • The fact that you'd pay $210

  • and then still get advertised AOL...

  • Anyway, Microsoft! And we got the quick start guide.

  • It's a bummer that it doesn't come

  • with any kind of actual manual or full documentation

  • or anything, but you know what?

  • That's just what they were doing at this point.

  • One of the things they were pushing

  • though was the interactive help system.

  • It was supposedly much more improved.

  • I mean it was improved over what came with like Windows 95

  • and 98 but yeah, this really it's just

  • a quick startup guide.

  • So [laughing]

  • basically telling you the basics

  • and that's that, man, rant over.

  • I just don't like quick start guides

  • and prefer actual manuals.

  • But anyway, this is all you get inside here.

  • Let's get this delightful-looking CD installed on the LGR

  • Megaluminum Monster, which is currently a Windows 98SE PC

  • but I guess now it's gonna have Millennium Edition on it

  • and at least for today.

  • [Saxophone fades out softly]

  • All right, got the LGR Megaluminum Monster

  • here ready to go and next time we see it

  • it will be booted into Windows Me.

  • Let's get this CD in here.

  • [Disc startup sound plays]

  • The CD-ROM contains a newer version of Windows

  • Millennium presently using.

  • Would you like to upgrade it?

  • Yes!

  • I mean we don't have to do it from here.

  • We could just reboot and do things

  • like that, but yeah, why not?

  • I'm gonna try the, oh there's music.

  • Sort of. [chuckles]

  • Yeah I'm just gonna try the upgrade version

  • of this first.

  • Just taking 98SE and upgrading to Millennium Edition.

  • See how that goes.

  • I've read mixed results may occur so that could be fun

  • and if it's a complete disaster we will try a clean install,