Windows ME Final

Windows Millennium Edition (internally Windows 4.90) was the last in the line of DOS-based Windows products. Like Windows 95 and Windows 98 it used the same hybrid 16/32 bit kernel that ran on top of a bundled version of DOS (MS-DOS 8.0).

Windows ME was often criticized for its poor stability. Microsoft had made numerous internal changes at the device driver level. However with the news that this architecture was at an end, vendors did not update their Windows 98 drivers for Windows ME. While existing 98 drivers usually "worked", they were often buggy and unstable under ME. Additionally, users were becoming used to the increased stability of Windows 2000 (NT 5.0) and the new MacOS X.

Although Windows ME still runs on top of DOS, just like Windows versions back to 1.01, it crippled the ability to start up to or exit to DOS. Many Windows 95 and 98 users had relied on that, as many popular games and utilities were still DOS based. If you wish to set up an older computer for use with DOS programs, we recommend you use nothing later than Windows 98 SE.

Feature-wise, Windows ME changes the desktop appearance to be on par with Windows 2000. It adds Windows Movie Maker, Internet Games, System Restore, Explorer Web View, Personalized Menus, and new common dialogs.

Windows ME targeted the home market, while the NT-based Windows 2000 targeted the business market. Initiated during the Windows 2.0 days, Microsoft finally realized its dream of merging these two markets under one single, more powerful OS, with the release of Windows XP.

If a download does not include a boot disk, please see Microsoft Windows Boot Disks

If the listed serials below do not work for a specific release, please see the Serials thread

Product type
OS
Release date
2000
Minimum CPU
Pentium 150MHz
Minimum RAM
32MB
Minimum free disk space
320MB
User interface
GUI
Platform
Windows
  • B88DH-VQ89B-G4WWK-DCBP2-7B7PW
  • HBTD9-6P338-XT2MV-QBTTF-WPGGB

Downloads

Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) (MSDN) (4.90.3000) (MSDN) English x86-32 CD 367.67MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) (OEM Full) (4.90.3000) (OEM Full) English x86-32 CD 426.04MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) (Retail Full) (4.90.3000) (Retail Full) English x86-32 CD 369.47MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) (Retail Upgrade) (4.90.3000) (Retail Upgrade) English x86-32 CD 369.25MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) (WIN98 Upgrade) (4.90.3000) (WIN98 Upgrade) English x86-32 CD 367.62MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) [Dutch] (OEM) (4.90.3000) (OEM) Dutch x86-32 CD 264.84MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) [Dutch] (Retail Upgrade) (4.90.3000) (Retail Upgrade) Dutch x86-32 CD 332.99MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) [Finnish] (OEM) (4.90.3000) (OEM) Finnish x86-32 CD 332.81MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) [French] (OEM) (4.90.3000) (OEM) French x86-32 CD 342.47MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) [German] (OEM) (4.90.3000) (OEM) German x86-32 CD 425.17MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) [German] (Upgrade) (4.90.3000) (Upgrade) Upgrade German x86-32 Archive 355.44MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) [Greek] (OEM) (ISO) (4.90.3000) (OEM) Greek x86-32 CD 334.66MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) [Hungarian] (4.90.3000) Hungarian x86-32 CD 334.39MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) [Italian] (4.90.3000) Italian x86-32 CD 332.66MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) [Japanese] (4.90.3000) Japanese x86-32 CD 212.3MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) [Portuguese] (4.90.3000) Portuguese x86-32 Archive 333.15MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) [Russian] (4.90.3000) Russian x86-32 Archive 154.29MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) [Slovenian] (NFR) (4.90.3000) (NFR) Slovenian x86-32 Archive 331.69MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) [Spanish] (4.90.3000) Spanish x86-32 Archive 154.67MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) [Swedish] (4.90.3000) Swedish x86-32 Archive 461.96MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) [Trad. Chinese] (4.90.3000) Trad. Chinese x86-32 Archive 191.9MB
Microsoft Windows ME (4.90.3000) [Turkish] (Retail Full) (4.90.3000) (Retail Full) Turkish x86-32 CD 332.62MB
Microsoft Windows Me [VMware VM] (4.90.3000) [VMware VM] English x86-32 VMware 467.69MB