Many polls on many forums have been created with the topic, "what's the worse OS ever?".
ME always comes out on top as the "Worse, Ever".
For an old DOS efficienado ME really sucked, by eliminating the Shell to DOS feature that was present in all former versions of Windows, back to Win-95.
You couldn't just do a sysedit to alter your Autoexec.bat file or any other system file for that matter. ME made changing any of those files a whole lot harder. NOT impossible, just a lot harder.
Yes, the ME defrag was a quantum leap in efficiency. They removed about 50 bytes of the old 98 defrag and made the program run about 10x faster. I still share that program will all my 98 users.
I guess they just removed some "redundancy". It still looks the same.
Then there's that totally useless "System Restore" thingy......
Now there's a real DOG for you. If something happens so that windows can't boot up, its totally worthless.
I've placed the "ME Restore Remover" program on My Download Site
for those who want to be rid of that dog forever.
The 'System Restore feature' will save so called "restore points" till they totally overrun your HD causing all sorts of failures. I've seen as many as a half million files in that C:\_Restore folder.
It's much better to just be rid of it. I used to do that by hand till I came accross the "Me Restore Remover".
It only takes a few seconds to download, install and run, from an icon in the Control Panel.
Someone really put a lot of work into that little program. It's as varied as the question, "Boxers or briefs?".
As for FAT-32 vs. NTFS.....well there's been a few million words spent on that topic too and there is still NO solution to it. It's just a matter of user preference. (boxers or briefs)
Personally, I'm a control freak and I refuse to give up total control of my hard drive and all the stuff on it to a business system that has no business being on my HOME Computer.
I proudly keep all my drives and partitions in FAT-32 mode and my computer runs faster than any I've seen with NTFS on them. I call it my little "HAL 9000".
Stability of NTFS? That's a laugh! I've NEVER experienced any stability problem with my FAT-32 drives.
Keep'em clean and defragged and they are as stable as a rock.
And I can boot up to any drive with my DOS boot disk and do any kind of file maintenance I wish.
And, from my Ghost 2003 boot floppy, I can run a DOS batch file to remove my Pagefile, Restore Points and any other crapola from my HD before I do my Ghost Backup....saving about 2 gigs of space in my backup image. (Don't) Try that with an NTFS drive.
Oh well,,,,,good luck,
Edited by The Shadow, 14 May 2006 - 12:07 PM.