It sounds like you found a viable fix for the hozaxed ME.
What no one mentioned,,, and this may be of help to those reading this that still have Windows ME...
that "C:\_Restore" folder will continue to grow every day that the computer is used till it finally takes over your hard drive. It's been called the most worthless part of Win-ME.
I regularly dump that folder whenever I have to work on a PC that is still using Win-ME.
You can only dump it in DOS, booting up with a DOS Boot Disk, or with a special program likeMERestoreRemover
In DOS you can run this command line from the A: prompt to delete the folder and all the junk in it.
C:\windows\command\deltree.exe /y "C:\_Restore\*.*"
(leave a space before and after the /y switch.)
This process can take several hours on a badly overloaded folder.
Using the "MERestoreRemover" program will shorten this time considerably.
When this program loads, it becomes an Applet in your Control Panel, and needs to be run from there.
In defense of Windows-ME, it actually does have a couple of improvements over 98 or even 98/SE.
It has a much improved DEFRAG program that runs about ten times faster than the one on previous versions of windows. (that defrag can also be used on PC's running Win-98, for a much faster Defrag)
Then, when loading drivers from a CD, Win-ME will search the entire CD looking for the right driver so you don't have to do it manually. Next, it has improved USB support. ME Works much better with flash drives, for instance.
After killing off the Restore thingy, and making some needed registry tweaks, I can get ME to work pretty well. Since not everyone can do what I do, I don't recommend anyone upgrading to ME from 98/SE.
If you have the old "98" I do advocate an upgrade to "98/SE". It's a very worthwhile upgrade and the upgrade CD's can be found somewhat easily.
If you have Windows ME and intend to keep it, getting a copy of my own ME Boot floppy (or CD) would be a worthwhile move. It's absolutely free Here.
For the self creating floppy version, download wnMEboot.exe
and for the ISO to make a boot CD, downloadME-Boot CD.ISO
From the Menu driven options on the disk, you can completely set up, partition and format a new HD, run scandisk, delete all files in the "C:\_Restore" folder and run a Cleanup batch file (Hoover.bat) to dump all the temps and other junk files off of the HD.
Good Luck and Happy Computing.